9 Natural Ways To Effectively Relieve Bug Bites
Did one of those pesky bugs bite you? Do you have any clue as to how to relieve the itching and make it go away? There are many products on the market, but not all of them are safe for you or your children. Using anti-itch steroid creams can result in side effects such as burning, worsening of an infection, and even stretch marks. Some more serious side effects can be upset stomach, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, muscle weakness, fatigue, and appetite problems. In rare cases, using steroid creams over a long period of time can slow down the normal growth of children and teenagers. There have also been people go into anaphylactic shock from using steroid skin creams.
We are here to let you know about some SAFE, highly praised, and effective natural remedies for those itchy swollen bumps. Our amazing assistant (and social media goddess), Autumn, gathered the following information for us to share with you.
Oatmeal can relieve itching and swelling thanks to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called avenanthramides. Oatmeal also stimulates collagen production and seals in moisture.
Make a paste by mixing equal amount of ground oatmeal and water in a bowl. Apply to bite and cover with a cloth or bandage. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, and then wipe the area clean.
Cold ice can reduce inflammation, numb the skin, and relieve itching. Use an ice pack or make your own by filling a bag with crushed ice. Wrap your ice pack in a washcloth if you want to leave it on for a long period of time.
3. Aloe Vera:
Aloe gel is anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants, enzymes, and essential vitamins that help soothe irritated skin.
Buy 100% aloe vera gel at your local store or online. Already have an aloe plant? You can cut a small section from your plant, and apply the gel to the bite.
4. Basil & Thyme:
There have been studies showing that the compound eugenol found in basil and thyme can relieve itchy skin. It naturally numbs the nerve endings that cause itching.
Make a tea tonic by placing a tablespoon of dried herb leaves in 16 ounces of boiling water and covering until it's cool. Then, apply to the itchy bite. Keep leftovers in the fridge.
Apple cider vinegar can help reduce the stinging, burning, and itching. It's also a natural disinfectant!
Put a drop of vinegar directly on your bite. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the vinegar with water before applying. You can also dilute 2 cups of vinegar in tepid bath water, and soak for at least 20 minutes.
6. Lemon Balm:
Lemon balm is a plant closely related to mint. The plant smells like a combo of lemon and mint. It contains polyphenols and a natural astringent called tannins. They both ease inflammation, speed up healing, and reduce the risk of infection.
To apply, finely chop leaves and put directly on the bite. You can also purchase lemon balm essential oil. Make sure to dilute in a carrier oil before applying!
7. Baking Soda:
Anti-fungal and found in just about every home. It can soothe inflamed skin and reduce itching.
To make a paste, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water. Apply to the bug bite for at least 10 minutes and then wash away.
This herb is a member of the daisy family and can reduce inflammation, ease skin irritation, and speed up healing.
Fill a tea bag with dried flowers, and pour 8 oz of boiling water over it. Steep for 5 minutes, and then let it cool. Dip a cotton ball in the tea and apply to the bite. Alternatively, you can purchase chamomile essential oil. Make sure to dilute before applying!
9. Witch Hazel:
Witch hazel contains tannins just like lemon balm so it reduces inflammation, soothes burning, and speeds up healing.
Apply a small amount of store bought witch hazel to a cotton ball and rub on the bite. Alternatively, you can make your own by boiling 1 tablespoon of witch hazel bark with 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Let cool and then apply with a cotton ball.
We have several fantastic bug repellent products to protect yourself with so you don't get bit! You can find them all here.