Simple, Homemade Remedies for Summer Stings and Bites

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Did you know that aloe vera helps with bug bites?
Image: Manuel Martin Vicente via Flickr

Summer is that wondrous time of year when the outdoors sweetly beckon you to explore, discover, and delight in natural beauty at its prime. Of course, despite the breathtaking flora that surrounds you on nature walks, outdoor barbeques, and while gardening, there are some elements of summer that aren’t quite so nice. Have you ever settled down for the night after a day spent outside, only to find yourself covered in red welts from pesky mosquitoes or the like?

Happily, there are a number of remedies to alleviate those terrible, itchy bites, many of them easy to whip up at home. Here are a few ideas to help you forget about your mosquito woes:

Did you know that aloe vera is as helpful for relieving itchy bug bites as it is for soothing sunburns? That inner gel within the sturdy plant has a cooling feeling when in contact with your skin, which will help ease the irritation of a bug bite. You can use a fresh plant if you have one at home, or purchase aloe vera gel at any pharmacy or drug store. Peppermint leaves and ice cubes also have cooling properties for bug bites.

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Teabags, baking soda, and peppermint are also good home remedies.
Image: hamblin via Flickr

Another easy remedy involves a pantry staple: baking soda. Simply mix a teaspoon or so of baking soda with a few drops of water to create a paste, and then apply that mixture onto your bites and let it dry. Similarly, using apple cider vinegar, which is less acidic than most other vinegars, has properties that help neutralize bites and even painful bee stings when applied to your skin, so dot bites with just a touch and let dry as a quick remedy.

Even if you don’t drink a lot of hot tea in the summer (or maybe you do!), you probably have a handful of teabags tucked away somewhere in your kitchen. Natural tannins found in teabags allow for toxins from bites to be drawn from skin when in contact. Slightly dampen a teabag and hold it to your skin until the itching subsides.

Of course, there are many itch relief lotions available at your local drug store, but if you’re in a pinch at home and want to use something on hand, try one of these simple remedies for bug bites!

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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