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How To Treat Mosquito Bites, Ant Bites and Bee Stings With Natural Products at Home

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How To Treat Mosquito Bites With Natural Products

There are many different over the counter medicines on the market that can be used to alleviate the irritating symptoms that are associated with mosquito bites. However, there are also many different natural remedies which you most likely already have lying around your home. Read below to learn more about these home remedies and how you can take the natural route when treating your itchy mosquito bites.

  1. Oatmeal

One remedy to those annoying, itchy mosquito bites is a product that you probably already have lying around your house. Oatmeal can help to alleviate itching and swelling because it contains special compounds called avenanthramides. Avenanthramidess obstruct the release of inflammatory compounds which helps to dramatically cut down on the itchiness and redness that are associated with mosquito bites. To use oatmeal as a remedy to your itchy mosquito bites, simplY make an oatmeal paste by combining equal parts oatmeal and water in a bowl. Mix the ingredients until you reach a putty like consistency, spoon the mixture onto a wash cloth or towel and place the towel with the oatmeal side down on your mosquito bite for ten minutes. After ten minutes, you can wipe the area clean.

If you have suffered from multiple mosquito bites on various areas of your body, you might opt for an oatmeal bath instead of spot treating with an oatmeal paste. To create an oatmeal bath, fill your tub with warm water and pour one cup of dry oatmeal or ground oats into the bathtub. Soak in the water and oatmeal mixture for twenty minutes. While you are soaking, it can be beneficial to rub the floating oatmeal onto some of the most mosquito bitten areas of your body.

2. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is known for soothing sunburns, but it can also be used to calm irritation associated with mosquito bites. The gel from an aloe vera plant features anti-inflammatory properties which can help to heal any surface wounds or infections. To use aloe vera as a remedy for your mosquito bite, make a small cut in a leaf of the plant and apply the gel to your mosquito bite. Let the area dry and if necessary, you can reapply as needed.

3. Baking Soda

One less obvious treatment for the symptoms associated with a mosquito bite is baking soda. Baking soda contains alkaline compounds that will help to neutralize your skin’s pH balance and as a result, will reduce inflammation round the affected area. This helps to alleviate soreness as well as itchiness. To make a baking soda paste, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with as much water as it takes to form a thick paste. Once the paste is formed, apply it to your mosquito bite and let it sink in for ten minutes before rinsing. Some people are sensitive to the ingredients of baking soda, so if you find that irritation occurs after you apply this paste, cease treatment.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Like honey, apple cider vinegar has been used to treat a number of medical ailments for centuries. You can use apple cider vinegar to treat the stinging and burning sensation of a mosquito bite by rubbing a drop of apple cider vinegar on the bite. If you have been scratching your bites and they have become irritated or the skin has been broken, apple cider vinegar can also act as a disinfectant. If your mosquito bite symptoms are more severe, you can also soak a wash cloth or hand towel in cold water and apple cider vinegar and rub this mixture onto the mosquito bite. Multiple bites all over your body may call for an apple cider vinegar bath. To create an apple cider vinegar bath, pour two cups of the vinegar in a bath full of tepid water and soak for twenty minutes. Make sure the water is not very hot, as a hot bath can cause itching to worsen.

5.  Thyme

Thyme is not only a great garnish to many delicious dishes, but this herb can also help to prevent irritation and infection of mosquito bites due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The most beneficial way to use thyme as a mosquito bite treatment is to finely chop the thyme leaves, apply the leaves directly to your mosquito bite and let them sit for ten minutes. You also have the option of creating a concentrated thyme liquid by boiling water and adding multiple thyme sprigs. Let the sprigs steep in the hot water and once cooled, submerge a wash cloth into the mixture and apply to your mosquito bites for several minutes. If you are experience burning sensations due to your mosquito bites, you can also wrap the wash cloth around an ice cube which will help to cool the area.

6. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is another kitchen herb that can be used to ease the annoying physical symptoms that mosquito bites can cause. The tannin and polyphenols present in this herb help to reduce inflammation, speed up healing and lessen the likelihood of infection. For use on most bites, lemon balm should be chopped into very small pieces and applied directly to the bite for relief. You can also purchase lemon balm essential oil and apply the oil to your mosquito bites.

7. Witch Hazel

With hazel is a naturally occurring astringent that can be bought at most pharmacies or grocery stores. The tannins in witch hazel aid in inflammation, burning, irritation and healing. To apply witch hazel to your mosquito bites, pour a small amount of the astringent on a cotton ball, dab it on your bites and let it dry.

8. Chamomile Tea

The largest benefit of using chamomile tea on your mosquito bites is that it helps to reduce inflammation, ease irritation and promote healing. Using chamomile tea to treat your mosquito bites is as simple as making a cup of tea for drinking. Simply place a tea bag full of dried chamomile flowers in a pitcher of water and let it steep in the refrigerator for thirty minutes. Once the tea is finished steeping, remove the tea bag and squeeze to remove any excess water. Then place the tea bag directly on your mosquito bite and leave it for ten minutes. After ten minutes, wipe the affected area clean with a damp wash cloth. 

9. Garlic

Minced garlic stirred into an unscented lotion or coconut oil is another natural home remedy for mosquito bite irritation, as garlic possesses useful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Place this mixture onto your mosquito bite, leave it to work for ten minutes and then wipe the area with a cool, wet wash cloth.

How To Treat Ant Bites With Natural Products

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice contains citric acid which can be helpful in numbing the itchiness associated with ant bites. Citric acid also contains antibacterial properties which can help to reduce the risk of infection. However, if you are going to use lemon juice to relieve itching caused by ant bites, make sure you do so before you have scratched and opened the bites. To apply lemon juice to ant bites, simply squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into a bowl and dab onto the affected area.

2. Cucumber

Cucumbers contain anti-inflammatory properties and can have a cooling affect on the skin. These two qualities make cucumber perfect to relieve the burning and swelling associated with ant bites. To treat your ant bite with cucumber, simply place a cucumber slice on your bites for relief.

3. Salt

Salt is another great home remedy to treat the swelling that usually comes with an ant bites. This product is especially convenient, as almost all households have salt on hand. You can treat your ant bite with salt by simply dissolving salt in a few drops of water and applying the mixture to your ant bite. This should provide immediate relief.

4. Olive Oil

Olive oil is another convenient ant bite treatment, as it is a very common kitchen item. This oil contains oleocanthal which impedes the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, helping to reduce pain and inflammation. Treat your ant bites with olive oil by simply rubbing a few drops on the bites.

5. Honey

Not only is honey handy when you are craving a sweet treat, but it is also useful in treating superficial skin irritations due to its antibacterial and anti-anti-inflammatory properties. Honey has been utilized for thousands of years as a remedy for various ailments, including mosquito bites. To use honey for relief from the itchy and inflamed symptoms of a mosquito bite, apply a small drop on the bite. This should also cut back on your urge to scratch your mosquito bite, as scratching a bite covered in honey will result in a sticky mess.

How To Treat Bee Stings With Natural Products

1. Basil

Basil is a common natural household food ingredient that can be used to treat the unpleasant symptoms of bee stings. Studies have shown that a chemical compound present in the basil plant called eugenol can help to ease the itchiness that is commonly associated with bee sings. You can use basil as a bee sting remedy by creating a basil rub. To create a basil rub, simply boil two cups of water, add one half of an ounce of dried basil leaves to the water and leave the mixture to steep until it has cooled down. Once the mixture has cooled, dip a wash cloth or hand towel into the water and gently rub it onto any areas of your skin where you have been stung by a bee. If preferred, you can also finely chop up some fresh basil leaves and rub them onto your bee sting for relief.

2. Onion

The juice which is produced after you cut a fresh onion can help to relieve the stinging and irritation that accompany a bee sting. Additionally, onions have anti-fungal properties that can lessen your chance of infection. To use onion as a bee sting treatment, cut a slice of any type of onion and place it directly on your bee sting for a few minutes. After you remove the onion, thoroughly rinse and wash the affected area.

3. Papaya

The enzyme “papain” that is present in papaya helps to break down bee venom while also providing the benefits of antiseptic properties. You can apply mashed papaya directly to the site of your bee sting or hold a slice of papaya on the sting to benefit from its healing qualities.

4. Crushed Ice

As with most injuries or irritations to the body, ice and cold temperatures can help to reduce swelling and inflammation. In addition to helping with swelling, ice can also numb the skin, offering immediate relief from your symptoms. It is recommended by the Mayo Clinic to use a cold pack or a bag filled with crushed ice on any areas affected by bee stings. If you are applying the ice pack directly to your skin, do not leave the ice on for longer than five minutes, as direct contact with icy cold temperatures can cause damage to your skin. Instead of applying the ice pack directly to your skin, it can be a good idea to wrap the ice pack in some sort of barrier like a paper towel or wash cloth so to avoid damaging your skin. When applying ice with a barrier, you can leave the ice pack on longer than five minutes.

Although these home remedies will come in handy after you have suffered mosquito bites, ant bites or bee stings, the best way to keep away from the irritating symptoms of any of these insect encounters is to avoid getting bitten or stung in the first place. Call Natran Green Pest Control today if you are facing an ant or mosquito infestation in your home or on your property. Our team of pest control professionals will be happy to use our own selection of botanically based remedies to solve your pest infestation troubles.c

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