First you catch a glimpse of a mere wisp of movement out of the corner of your eye. You swipe at it, but hit only air as the tiny predator deftly evades your hand and disappears. Then comes the high-pitch buzzing in your ear. Over and over you attempt to swat it away. Sadly, your efforts are all in vain. Before you know it, you’re covered in pink, swollen, itchy bites.
Of all of the pests that arrive with the warmer weather of spring and summer, there are few as annoying and persistent as the infamous mosquito. Before you reach for that tube of hydro-cortisone steroid cream to sooth your discomfort, try out one or two of the following 12 all-natural home remedies to relieve the itch and inflammation of mosquito bites.
Before we dive in it is worth mentioning that prevention is always better than cure. For that reason, make sure you familiarize yourself with our articles that deal with preventing mosquito bites, including:
- 11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes – Plant these around your yard or in pots on your porch or patio and keep mosquitoes away! Citronella is probably the most effective!
- 13 Natural Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away – From rubbing lavender on your body to making your own citronella candles, try these methods and minimize your mosquito bites this summer.
1. Aloe Vera
Best known as a natural remedy for sunburn, Aloe Vera can also soothe the itch and reduce inflammation from mosquito bites. Try this moisturizing 100% organic Aloe Vera Gel by Lily of the Desert.
Also, be sure to read up on these 10 Reasons Why Every Home Should Have An Aloe Vera Plant!
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for short) is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it a perfect solution for soothing and disinfecting mosquito bites. For all-over treatment, add 2/3 cup to a warm bath and soak for at least 10 minutes. Spot treat single bites by dabbing undiluted ACV on with a cotton ball.
For the best quality and consistency, I recommend Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. It not only smells great and gets the job done; if you accidentally splash Bragg ACV onto your skin, you can rest easy knowing that it’s good for you, too.
Because it’s skin-friendly, ACV is also the perfect base for home-made herbal insect repellent! Read more in the 12 Eye-Opening Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar Should Be In Every Home!
3. Baking Soda + Witch Hazel
Baking soda is a natural disinfectant which also reduces inflammation. Witch hazel is a natural astringent, meaning that it will draw out excess fluid to further reduce swelling of bites. Combine these two ingredients into a paste and apply to bites for quick relief.
Want to learn more incredible everyday uses for these two versatile natural ingredients? Check out our 24 Baking Soda Uses and 14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home!
4. Banana Peel
Have a banana in your lunch box? When you’re done eating it, rub the soft interior of the peel over your mosquito bites. The fruit acids, vitamins, and minerals in the peel will not only help to soothe away pain and itching. They’re also great for your skin!
Learn more about up-cycling your fruit in 16 Ingenius Ways To Re-Use Banana Peels!
Basil contains camphor and thymol, both of which relieve itching such as that caused by mosquito bites. Crush a few fresh basil leaves and press them over bites or dab on a drop or two of basil essential oil diluted in a carrier oil for super fast relief.
Basil also makes excellent mosquito repellent! Learn more about insect repelling flora in 11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes!
Honey is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Dab a bit of raw honey onto bites to reduce swelling and help heal them faster.
Honey is also wonderful for moisturizing dry skin and fading scars such as those caused by acne. Read about this and other skin healing natural remedies in the 10 Super Clever Natural Ways To Remove Acne Scars!
Simple yet effective, applying ice to bites is a sure fire way to reduce swelling, numb pain, and stop the itching. Just remember to wrap ice in a towel as direct contact with skin can cause more harm than good.
8. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice not only stops the itch of mosquito bites, it’s also anti-microbial. Dab lemon juice over fresh bites with a cotton ball, let it dry, then rinse well.
Natural anti-oxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids found in lemon juice are also great for cleansing and healing skin. Just be careful if you plan to spend more time outdoors after applying this natural remedy as the oils in citrus fruits like lemons make skin more susceptible to sunburn!
9. Milk + Water
The proteins naturally present in milk are both anti-inflammatory and anti-itch. Apply in the same way as ACV (mentioned above in #2) by soaking in a warm milk bath or dabbing on with a cotton ball.
Wondering which kind of milk to use? As it is the protein and not the fat in milk that soothes mosquito bites, skim milk is generally recommended. However, if you already have a jug in your refrigerator, any kind will do.
Much like lemon juice, milk contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids which improve skin health! Learn more about natural alpha-hydroxy acids in our article, 11 Natural Ways to Reduce Wrinkles!
Apply crushed fresh peppermint leaves over mosquito bites or dab on a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil for fast relief. The cooling oils naturally present in peppermint temporarily overload nerves to stop pain and itching.
Fresh peppermint and peppermint oil also make excellent repellent against mosquitoes, ants, spiders and many other creepy crawlies! Learn more about peppermint oil here: 43 Magical Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil
Gently rub a cool, damp tea bag over bites. The natural tannins in the leaves will draw out excess fluid to reduce pain and swelling.
Learn more great up-cycling tricks from these 18 Genius Things To Do With Your Used Tea Bags!
12. Tea Tree Oil
Last, but definitely not least, dab a couple of drops of tea tree oil onto bites for quick and effective relief. Tea tree oil is a powerful anti-microbial in addition to being anti-inflammatory, meaning that your skin will heal faster with less chance of infection.
Be sure to check out these 10 Extraordinary Tea Tree Oil Uses and learn how this natural remedy earned the nickname “Medicine Cabinet in a Bottle!”
If you’re ready to try tea tree oil, you can purchase it along with lemon, peppermint, and three other popular essential oils in this set from Eden’s Garden.
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