Being that time of year and me liking to use something that is not harsh on a person’s system…I’m sharing with you.

Herbal Insect Repellent

* 2 1/2 teaspoons total of any combination of the following essential oils: basil, cedarwood, citronella, juniper, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, pine, rose geranium and/or rosemary (available at health food stores)
1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol (available in liquor stores)

Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Transfer to small bottles for storage. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin (test first to be sure your skin will not be adversely affected by the repellent) or dab it on clothing.

Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your body chemistry. If you’re lucky, you also will like the way they smell; otherwise, add a few drops of peppermint oil to fine-tune the fragrance.

Household Items To Relieve Itching

1. Rub a bar of soap over the itch. I just tried this (Ivory soap) and the relief was near instant. I used a dry bar of soap directly on the skin, but I also have notes that you can spritz bite with water and then run bar of soap over area-or use a wet bar of soap.

2. Place a piece of scotch tape on the bite; or dab rubbing alcohol or ammonia on the bite first then stick on a piece of tape.

3. Hot water: Take a hot shower, or a hot bath, or apply a hot compress. As hot as you can stand it without burning you. 4. Ice cube, ice pack or very cold water

Dabbers For Itch Relief

The quicker you can apply one of the remedies below, the faster the relief. These are topical suggestions, apply directly to the bite area.

1. Nail Polish

2. Strong tea mixed with rubbing alcohol

3. Toothpaste

4. Mouthwash

5. Vinegar (apply directly to bite or take a hot bath with 2 cups of vinegar in the water)

6. Honey

7. Underarm deodorant (solid or roll-on) – apply directly to bite area

8. Rubbing Alcohol

9. Ammonia

10. Bleach

11. Tea: Use a hot tea bag or a cotton ball soaked in hot tea to dab on bite area

Paste Applications

Mix these fresh then apply to bite as soon as possible. The consistency should be nice and thick so it won’t run, yet will still stay in place on the affected area. You could also spritz bite with water then apply grains/powders directly (generously) and rub them in.

1. Baking Soda & Water (works for me)

2. Meat Tenderizer & Water

3. Salt & Water

4. Epsom Salt & Water (could also do this as a foot soak if it’s the ankle/foot area affected)

5. Tums Tablets: crush and add a few drops of water

6. Aspirin: crush then add a few drops of water

7. Aspirin – crush then apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol

Commercial Product Lotions, Creams & Applications
•  Apply directly to mosquito bite area.

1. Calamine Lotion

2. Benadryl Cream

3. Orajel

4. Anbesol

5. Caladryl

6. Vicks VapoRub

7. Preparation H

8. Lucas Papaw Ointment

9. Tiger Balm

10. Bag Balm

11. Gold Bond Medicated Cream (or the Gold Bond Medicated Powder)

12. Mylanta (heartburn relief product)

13. After Bite

Essential Oils For Itch Relief

Apply full strength directly to bite area. Edit: There are concerns about using essential oils on children and pre-teens, especially repeated use.

1. Tea Tree Oil

2. Lavender Oil

3. Witch Hazel (astringent)

4. Cedar Oil

Leaf Applications
•  Crush the fresh leaves roughly then apply to bite area

1. Basil

2. Plantains (Plantago)

Fruity Applications
•  Use fresh fruit & apply directly to bite

1. Lemon Juice

2. Lemon Slice

3. Lime Juice

4. Lime Slice

5. Banana Peel (rub inside of peel on bite)

Whew! Big List! If I’ve missed your favorite remedy for mosquito bites, please add them below. Notes

* If a remedy doesn’t provide fast relief, don’t despair. Give it another try, sometimes it will take 2 or 3 applications before it kicks in.

* The itch from mosquito bites comes from the saliva of the mosquito that it injects into you as it feasts on your blood. There are several dozen different species of mosquitoes and you may react to some species bites more than others.

* If large swelling occurs (like welts), contact a doctor or pharmacist for suggestions (especially if it’s a child with a strong reaction). It could be an allergy to the bite. It’s important to watch the throat for swelling and get treatment asap.

sandi

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