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Despite your best efforts to keep those bugs away, you got bitten. I feel you. It always seems to happen to me in my sleep!
These natural bug bite remedies can be helpful in reducing the pain and itchiness. I’m allergic to spider bites and I find that using one or more of these can really bring me some relief.
Please use caution when using any of these. Yes because they’re made from natural ingredients, there are some that can cause skin irritations and should be used with care. Check with your doctor before using most of these on children.
Natural Bug Bite Remedies
Check out this post to try and help keep those insects away in the first place!
Grab the baking soda
Take 3 tablespoons of baking soda and mix with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. You can also use tea tree oil in place of or along with the peppermint.
Add enough water to make a paste. I sometimes use coconut or another oil instead as they can be such a good carrier for the oils. Apply to your bites.
Note: it’s really important that you only use a drop or two of the oil and dilute them well. They can be skin irritants. Some people have luck with just baking soda and water. Leave out the oil if you’d like!
Oatmeal isn’t Only for Breakfast
Oatmeal is always one of the answers for itchiness in this house! We used oatmeal baths when my daughter had the chicken pox and now we use oatmeal paste for bug bites.
Pour Your Bug Bites a Cuppa Tea
Soak a teabag in water and pop it into the fridge to get it nice and cold. Apply as a compress. (I find black tea or green tea works best).
Grow an Aloe Vera Plant
Use some aloe vera gel. We keep this on hand for sunburns, but it works great to relieve the itch of insect bites too. You can buy bottles of it or just grow your own plants!
Don’t Get Yourself in a Pickle
Another one that we use for sunburns but also works well for bites is vinegar. I find that apple cider vinegar gives the best results but any kind will work.
Soak in a vinegar and water bath or soak cloths in a vinegar-water solution and use as compresses.
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Next time you’re battling those nasty insect bites, try one (or more) of these simple solutions. They can help tame the itch so you can rest and get a good night’s sleep.