Mosquito bites are annoying when they leave an itchy red bump on your skin which is due to the residual saliva left behind by the mosquito after they feed on your blood. Here are some of the natural yet most-effective ways to treat and relieve the itch caused by mosquito bites:
Ice and cold temperatures can lessen inflammation. The ice pack or bag filled with crushed ice provides temporary relief by numbing the nerves so that you won’t be able to feel the itch. The ice restrains blood vessels in the area with mosquito bite which hinders blood flow to and from the bite. If you use crushed ice directly on the mosquito bite, do not leave it for more than 15 minutes because it can result in frostbite and even damage your skin. You can use a washcloth a barrier between the ice and your skin if you want to leave the ice a bit longer on your skin.
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help heal and calm minor wounds and infections. It can help ease the swelling and itching of the mosquito bite and also help in the healing of the wound.
You can use either the gel from the aloe plant when you cut it open or an organic aloe juice to apply on the area that is irritated. Allow it to dry and apply again as needed. For more relief, keep the aloe vera in the fridge since the cold also helps ease the itch.
Oatmeal contains ingredients that have anti-irritant properties that’s why it can also be used to ease the swelling and itch caused by mosquito bites.
If you have one or only a few bites, you can mix the same amount of oatmeal and water in a bowl to create an oatmeal paste. Get some oatmeal paste and put it in a washcloth. Dab the washcloth with the oatmeal paste on the area where the mosquito bite is located for about 10 minutes. Wipe the skin afterward.
For more mosquito bites, you can do an oatmeal bath. Sprinkle a cup of oatmeal into a bathtub that is filled with warm water. Submerge your body in the oatmeal bath for about 20 minutes while rubbing some of the oatmeal on the areas of the skin with mosquito bites.
Honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also has anti-microbial properties that help prevent infection. It has been used as a natural remedy for ailments like bumps, bruises, and sore throats for more than a hundred years.
Drop a small amount of honey on the itchy bite to reduce the inflammation. You will not be tempted to scratch the itchy bite once it is covered in honey because it can be very sticky and messy.
Apple cider vinegar is used as a natural treatment for many conditions. Vinegar can help reduce burning and stinging sensations and can act as a natural disinfectant from too much scratching.
Dab vinegar on the mosquito bite. For more relief, soak a washcloth in vinegar and cold water and apply on the mosquito bite. If you have many mosquito bites, dilute 2 cups of vinegar on lukewarm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Basil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help ease the swelling of mosquito bites. Studies also show that basil repels mosquitoes. Eugenol is a chemical compound found in basil that can alleviate itchy skin according to studies.
Chop basil leaves until very fine and rub them on the itchy part of your skin. You can also make a mixture of boiling water and be adding dried basil leaves. Let the mixture steep until it gets cold. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and gently rub it on the mosquito bites.
Baking soda has many uses in the kitchen but it can also relieve mosquito bites. Simply make a paste out of it by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with enough amount of water. Dab it on the mosquito bite and let it stay for 10 minutes before washing.
Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties. Simply mix crushed aspirin with water to make an aspirin paste. Apply the aspirin paste on the mosquito bite. It will take the sting right away.
Toothpaste can provide immediate relief for mosquito bites because of its cooling effect when applied to the skin. Simply apply a neem-based or peppermint toothpaste. Let it dry and leave on the skin for as long as desired.
10.A Swish of Listerine
Listerine has menthol which cools the skin to help relieve the itchy skin from a mosquito bite.
11.Lime, Lemon, or Lemon Balm
Lemon has been used as a natural treatment for a lot of conditions because of its soothing properties. Lemon balm, on the other hand, contains polyphenols and tannin which is a natural astringent. These combined elements reduce the risk of infection, speed up the healing, and ease inflammation.
Simply apply lime juice, lemon juice, or finely chopped lemon balm on the mosquito bite. You can also use a lemon balm essential oil and apply on the mosquito bite. It also helps to rub the lime or lemon peel on the mosquito bite.
Garlic can help relieve mosquito bites aside from being a natural remedy for other medical conditions because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rub a cut of raw garlic onto the wound. You will feel a little burning sensation once you do this but you will be relieved of the itch of the mosquito bite.
For less burning sensation, you can also mix garlic with unscented lotion or coconut oil. Allow the mixture to stay on the skin for about 10 minutes before wiping it off.
Onion has anti-fungal properties that help reduce the risk of infection. The juices that come out from a freshly cut onion also help reduce the irritation and sting of a mosquito bite.
Simply slice an onion and directly apply to the mosquito bite. Leave for a couple of minutes and rinse the skin after removing it.
Thyme has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help reduce the risk of irritation and infection of the skin after a mosquito bite.
Finely mince thyme leaves and apply these on the mosquito bite. Leave for 10 minutes before washing the skin. You can also boil water and add several twigs of thyme. Let the infusion steep until it becomes cool. Dip a washcloth on the thyme infusion and dab on the mosquito bite. For more relief, you can also wrap the washcloth soaked in thyme around an ice cube for a cooling effect.