Mosquito bites are one of the things we all try to avoid when holidaying or living in hotter climes and we go to great lengths, trying to ensure they don’t get to nibble on our flesh!
When the greedy little “Mozzies” take a bite, they release a substance, which makes our skin react. This is usually in the form of inflammation, redness, warmth, swelling and then of course comes that intolerable itching! The itching is caused by the bodies natural reaction to release histamine, a product that shows an allergic reaction has taken place. We all know that pharmacies and some leading supermarkets stock anti-histamine creams and that these can and do reduce irritations caused by the bites.
But if you want something natural to treat mosquito bites, here are a few suggestions :
- Witch Hazel – You may have heard of witch hazel for blemishes on the skin, but it’s not only great for acne, it can really help reduce the pain, annoying itching and swelling that often comes with bug bites, including mosquito bites.
- White Tea & Chamomile Tea Bags – It’s likely that you’ve seen the old remedy of putting a tea bag on the bee sting. Well, it’s a true natural remedy, not just for bee strings, but for mosquito bites too.
- Essential Oils – The oils of “citrus auratofolia leaves, citrus grandis leaves (fruit peel) and Alpinia galanga (rhizome) were used to create a lotion and compared against commercial repellants.
- Neem Oil – Neem oil is another option that you may want to try. While neem oil can help kill the mosquitoes, it’s also fantastic for fighting fungal conditions, like eczema.
- Colloidal Oatmeal Bath – Have you considered soaking in a soothing oatmeal bath? This oil remedy still holds its reputation as a great way to soothe the itching caused by mosquito bites, in addition to reducing swelling these nasty bites may cause.
Read Remedies for mosquito bites on Dr. Axe