Thursday, July 18, 2013

5 Natural Remedies to Soothe Bug Bitten Skin

I'm the sweetest lady in Providence, RI. Don't believe me? Ask the mosquitoes. If 'skeeters, fleas, flies, and other bugs think you're tasty too, here are five natural, non-toxic treatments to soothe your ailing skin.

Baking soda
Broke and bug bitten? Try my favorite remedy: baking soda. Make a paste by adding a little water to baking soda. If you have witch hazel, use that instead of water, as it helps to draw out fluids and reduce swelling. Apply paste directly to bug bites and feel relief almost instantly. Warning: This will leave an unsightly white crust on your skin, so I don't recommend doing this before leaving home unless you just don't give a darn. In which case, can I borrow some of your confidence?

Essential Oil
You probably have lavender and tea tree essential oils in your green cleaning kit, but you needn't reserve these dynamic oils for household chores. Lavender essential oil is one of the few essential oils that's safe to place directly to your skin without a carrier oil. A dab on the skin can help reduce inflammation and pain and prevent infections. (via Huffington Post) Tea tree oil is also helpful. Add a few drops to a tablespoon of coconut, almond, or jojoba oil before applying to irritated skin.

The home remedies below didn't work for me. I'm including them because they're pretty popular. Maybe one of these will give you relief since every body is different.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Another handy, inexpensive treatment. Use a cotton ball to dab some ACV directly onto bug bites. The acid helps to balance the pH of your skin and kill germs that cause irritation. (via Huffington Post)

Veg Out
Place cucumber skins on top of the bites to sooth the itching and irritation. (via Dr. Oz blog)

Hair of the Dog
Apply honey to a bug bite to sooth the skin. Because honey is a natural antibiotic, it can also help prevent infections. (also via Dr. Oz blog)

How to you treat your itchy bug bites? Do any of these remedies work for you? Leave a comment. 

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