Sometimes, despite our efforts, we still find ourselves plagued by mosquito bites or the occasional bee sting. It can be helpful to find quick relief; remedies can be as close as your kitchen! I can personally attest to these, having used one or another in recent years.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Treat mosquito or ant bites topically with a dab of ACV. Very effective also when mixed with a little clay; the paste has a soothing, drawing affect and helps to quiet pesky itchy bites and helps to remove the stinger from a bee or wasp sting.
Lemon Juice or Cucumber Juice
Helps to soothe and relieve itch. Apply topically
Mix with water or vinegar to make a thick paste. Apply to affected area.
Soothing for stings.
Make a quick compress with a cloth dipped in cold milk and apply to the area
Excellent for stings.
Slice an onion and place on the area. This works quickly; both pain relief and calms redness and heat.
I’ve used a wedge (1/4) of a small onion to bring immediate relief
to a painful bee sting.
Vitamin C powder
For mosquito or ant bites.
Take a tablespoon of the powder and make a paste with water or ACV (apple cider vinegar)
Essential Oils ~ Lavender * Peppermint * Tea Tree
These 3 oils, used individually or in combination can be very soothing and antiseptic for bug bites. Mix with a small amount of vegetable oil. I use olive oil as the ‘carrier oil’. It’s always on-hand and works well.
Adults and children alike can benefit from a soothing, warm bath containing one of the following:
1 cup Epsom Salts
1 cup Baking Soda*
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
4-5 cups of tea made from fresh peppermint leaves (strained of the leaves)
2 cups Oatmeal (place in a cotton draw-string bag for ease of clean-up afterwards)
Note: Use 1/2 the amounts for children’s bathing.
Take 1 dropperful 3-4 times daily for enhanced immune function.
Apply tincture topically to fight infection.