Summertime brings lots of positive prospects, from warmer weather, to longer days, and vacations. During this season we cherish the outdoors. Such activities entail spending more time in green spaces: at parks, playing sports, or simply enjoying time out and about with friends. Everything during this period seems blissful, however there is one small enemy to watch out for: mosquitoes. At some point in our lives, we have all experienced their silent strikes and itching bites, especially with high temperatures outside. The first instinct is to scratch until the itch subsides, but we know this is not the best mosquito bite natural medicine.
Here’s some natural remedies that can help treat mosquito bites and ease the itch so that this summer’s hallmark is no longer a problem. Specifically, we have shared our top 5 natural remedies for mosquito bites; easily obtained and likely already in your home. Before selecting one of the below natural remedies, remember to wash your hands, as well as the irritated area to reduce the likelihood of infection.
An easy trick to reduce skin inflammation is to apply ice. Low temperatures are a nostrum that help soothe inflamed skin.
How to: We recommend using an icepack or wrapping the ice in a towel before applying to the skin. Leave the ice on the inflamed area for around 10 minutes.
Arnica is a powerful and natural anti-inflammatory with loads of benefits to the skin. It helps ease pain and swelling as well as treating insects’ bites. Specifically, it helps reduce the itch, redness, and stinging sensation.
How to: Gently massage arnica on the mosquito bite and allow it to absorb. Repeat at least 2 to 3 times a day.
Another fantastic natural anti-inflammatory is chamomile. This daisy family member helps cool and calm the skin, and ease skin inflammation and irritation.
How to: Use chamomile tea to help treat mosquito bites by placing a tea bag in water and leaving it in the fridge until cool (this will usually take around 30-45 minutes). Squeeze out all of the excess water and place directly onto the mosquito bite. Leave on the irritated surface for 10 to 15 minutes. If you don’t want to hold it in place, secure with a band.
Very easy to find and most likely in your pantry already, just waiting to be drizzled over a sweet breakfast or baked into a delicious healthy cake. Other than use for cooking purposes, this sweet and natural ingredient can also be used a lot in home-remedies and skincare due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it has been used as a healing remedy for centuries to treat sore throats, colds, wounds, and burns.
How to: Apply a small portion of honey onto the mosquito bite to reduce itching and inflammation of the skin.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a great natural antiseptic full of vitamins and minerals that help reduce swelling, pain, and itching. The gel found in this healing plant acts as an anti-inflammatory for the skin and helps heal wounds and treat infections.
How to: Take an aloe vera leaf and place it onto a cutting board. Peel off the skin around the edges using a knife and slide the gel like substance out. Gently apply the gel to the mosquito bite. Repeat again as needed.
5. Baking Soda
To the ingredient present in every kitchen with multiple uses. Having baking soda at hand can fix problems in a variety of situations: from baking, to cleaning, and treating insect bites! It is a great natural anti-bacterial and also helps dry out pimples, exfoliate skin, and prevent skin breakouts.
How to: Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of water and stir until a paste like consistency has formed. Apply the paste on the mosquito bite and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
All of the above mosquito bite natural remedies should be easy to find when on holiday in warm climates abroad. If you know that you are an easy prey for mosquitoes, make sure to plan ahead and bring your natural ingredients with you to help ease the itching and swelling. For something easy to carry and ready-to-use, check out our SOS Body Balm, a healing and soothing combination of powerful natural anti-inflammatories namely: arnica, blue chamomile, and boswellia. This natural remedy helps treat inflamed skin, from mosquito bites, and sunburns, as well as relieve tired muscles, swollen joints and bruises. It’s the perfect summer natural remedy!