Insect Bite Remedies

Last Modified on Oct 10, 2014

Peppermint Oil   2  0   

Posted by Donna (Janesville, WI) on 07/16/2008

[YEA]  I had heard that Pure Peppermint Oil stops bug bits from itching. Well, it did, but guess what?! It also took off my nail polish!! WOW! I was in utter shock! How cool is that! Ok, I'll try and calm down now~ much love donna

Ragweed   0  0   

Posted by Lou Thomas (Milwaukee, Wis.) on 10/06/2010

Just heard on public radio of using rag weed on mosquito bites ---reportedly causes welts to disappear.

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Adam (Al, US) on 08/07/2014

Help! I walked over to a neighbors house, they had a litter of kittens in the garage. Now, I have flea bites all over my legs and feet. So itchy! I get blisters from them. I know it's fleas because I killed several. I'm afraid I brought some home, so sprinkled diatomaceous earth around the floors before I left for work. I'm so distracted by this itch! Several have popped the blisters and are now itchy scabs, huge sores. I've put tea tree oil on them, but I really need something better.

Posted by Mama To Many
708 Posts
Dear Adam,

My family has found that itching from bug bites (mostly ticks where we live) is relieved a lot by taking turmeric. 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day, internally. You can take 4 capsules for each teaspoon if you prefer. I think it also makes them heal faster.

I find that unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, topically gives relief for quite a while too. If the skin is broken, you may want to dilute it with some water.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Hello, Adam --- just think of the helpless little kitties that are exposed to bearing the torture of fleas that can cause illness and death. Perhaps you could tell your neighbour to help them and their Mom. There are non profit societies that can intervene if possible. They are online or in the phone book. Wish I was there. Meanwhile Mama to Many gave you good advice. Hope it helps.

Namaste, Om

Posted by Oceanman58 (Los Alamitos, CA) on 04/04/2014

Does anybody, especially from other countries know of foods to add to your diet to prevent getting bit by fleas? I, unfortunately, have that system that has always attracted fleas. My dog is flea free but when taking her for a walk, I can get bit and bit..Here is a list of things I have tried that have not worked....Garlic cloves and supplements, B1, ACV internally, eradicating sweets from diet, tea tree oil spray on clothes, lavender oil spray on clothes, ACV spray on clothes, a combination of these things.. If someone knows that right vegetable or fruit and/or combo, thank you thank you thank you!!!

EC: Brewer's yeast was recommended as a preventative for black flies.  Do not know if it would work with fleas.

Posted by Mike62
Denver, CO
Oceanman58: Wondercide.

Posted by Emans (London, England) on 09/04/2011


Firstly thank you for taking time to read this, 2 weeks ago friday 26/08/11 I was at work at noticed that my left foot was really itchy so after suffering the entire day I finished work and headed home after checking my foot I noticed that I had received 2 bites from an insect of some sort on my ankle and at the top of my foot near my toes anyway it did not seem all bad im not new to insect bites so I ignored it totally.

After several days of continued itchiness and suffering I decided to look at my foot again having totally ignored it, however when I checked my foot this time I was shocked to see that on the top of my foot near my toes the bite had gone from a simple bite to a circle very red/purple about a coin and half in size if not bigger and on the ankle it had swollen some and again become very red I decided that I had never seen this before so I went to the gp the day after the doctor confirmed it was an insect bite and was unable to tell me what insect she gave me antibiotics named flucloxacillin (500mg capsules) had to take 4 every day and today a week after my foot has not improved and while one of the circle has gone there some sort of different red marks I took some pictures,

This are the ankle shots (sorry they are terrible),



And these are my toes ones,



As you can see from the white stains I have tried baking soda, keeping my foot in boiling water with salt, and your normal house old disinfectant but nothing has stopped the itchiness or made these bites go away so I found this site and hoping you guys have some suggestions of what to do.

Once again thank you for reading this.

Posted by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
211 Posts
Hi Emans, Last week the top of my foot was swollen and itchy we could see it was a bite of some sort so tried the usual things that mostly work for me but this time they didn't. Then tried iodine topically and in less than a minute the itching stopped. It came back in a couple of hours so reapplied the iodine. Did the iodine about four times that day and the next. Also did one application on the second day of an arthritis/muscle cream that contained boswellia. No more itching and is currently healing nicely, just two scabs both smaller than a pinhead. The iodine gave almost instant relief from the itching. All the best.
Posted by Maggie
Liverpool, Merseyside
To Emans of London.

Insects love eating me. Over the summer, while gardening I had a few bites unlike any I had before. Very bad reaction & quite a large piece of skin/flesh was visibly missing. I tried all the usual remedies. Nothing worked & they wouldn't heal properly for a couple of weeks. I was left with scars.

I recently 'discovered' this site, and next time I was bitten by the mystery insect, I tried using 3% HP on a Qtip. Unbelievable!!! Itching stopped immediately. No swelling. Healed in a couple of days with no scarring. Amazing! Still no idea which insect it was though! Try it...... Good Luck.....Maggie

Posted by Emans
London, England
2 Posts
Thank you for the replies,

This may be a silly question what is 3% HP? also thank you maria I will try to get what you suggested as soon as possible.

EC: 3% HP= hydrogen peroxide

Posted by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
211 Posts
Sorry forgot to say it was lugol's iodine. I do think any iodine would be ok as it's for topical application.
Posted by Jr
Coloma, Mi
75 Posts
I know this sounds crazy but the thing that works really well is to put a penny on any bite. We just tape it on with some scotch tape and forget about it. It takes the itch out. We have been using it for mosquito bites but it may work for other bites as well. If it is still itching when we go to bed, we leave it on overnight and that usually takes care of it without using anything else.
Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
It doesn't sound crazy if penny's are made of copper. Copper is a natural antibacterial agent. It will kill off most bacteria pretty quick. It can even kill MRSA very quick in a couple of hours and E Coli. Amazing stuff.
Posted by Tena
Champaign, Il
7 Posts
Mosquito bite: I used HP 3% on a cotton ball. I used a bandaid to hold it in place and the itch was gone immediately! Left it on for 45 mins to an hour. Worked great! Normally I would have scratched it til it bled! Give it a try!

Posted by Andreea (Grimsby, On, Canada) on 05/22/2011


I need help: my son (4) got bitten yesterday by a mosquito while we were up north (Canada). The spot got swollen a bit right after the bite and I put some coconut oil on it. About two hours later the spot on his forehead became really swollen. The bump is about 3-4 cm in diamater and about 1 cm in height. That was yesterday. Today it looks about the same, if not a bit biffer. It is not read, it isn't hot and it's not itching. What do you think I should use to reduce the inflamation?

Thank you

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
900 Posts
Hi Andreea, I wouldn't worry much if I were you! The bites will disappear even if it takes a few days. Once I was badly bitten on one leg in Denmark. The next day my leg was all swollen from the ankle to the knee. It didn't itch at all but it felt very weird. You could try lemon juice, for example, or essential oils, there are several that help with mosqito bites like lavender or tea tree oil. Coconut oil should help as well. One thing that helps with the itching is saliva and you always have it with you. Good luck....
Posted by Andreea
Grimsby, On
17 Posts
Hello Francisca and thank you for your thoughts. I tried coconut oil right after he got bitten and again a few hours later. Yesterday I tried tea tree oil and lavander oil in a grapeseedoil base. Didn't work. We went to the hospital today, as it seems to be getting bigger, but the doctor only recommended Benadryl (antihistamine) which I am still reluctant to give. I read somewhere that blowing warm air with an hairdrier decreases the swelling as the heat de-activates histamines. I will try this too, if my son will let me :)

If it works, I'll post it on here.

All the best, Andreea

Posted by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
74 Posts
Hi Andrea,

Please be careful with the hair dryer treatment. Even at 'warm' it could still damage the skin, possibly burn. I've not heard of a hair dryer de-activating histamines.

Drinking water and electrolytes will flush out histamines. It'll take time, but it's worked for me. I've also been taking Benadryl the last couple of days, sparingly -- it's with long term use that is a bigger concern.

Have you tried a vitamin E cream on the bite, or stinging nettle tincture w/jojoba, or diluted ACV dabbed on? Baking soda paste on bee/insect stings helps soothe:

Thoughts of quick healing for your son,


Posted by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
74 Posts
P. S. If you do use Benadryl, they do sell it in a dye-free version, 25 mg. I'd look for dye-free in the children's formula depending on the age of your child.
Posted by Andreea
Grimsby, On Canada
17 Posts
Hello Sheila

I know, the hairdryer thing is strange, but I saw it in different places... Of course, I wouldn't keep it on high or anywhere too close to the face, and I don't think a little heat can do much harm... that being said Andrei still hasn't allowed me to do it.

Here's a link on the dryer info


Posted by Michelle
Cambridge, Cambs / Uk
18 Posts
Dear Andreea, I get bitten so much, more than anyone else I know! I have found wonderful castor oil is the best after bite solution, For prevention, I squeeze fresh lemon juice and pat it on bare skin and hair. It actually deters them. I found these remedies whilst being eaten alive in India!
Posted by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
74 Posts
Hm. I wonder if one could use this 'warmth' cure, and sit out in the warm sun for 5-10 minutes and get the same result, exposing the bite. One would get a dose of vit D to boot.

If you ever try it, please post if it works.

Posted by Lamplighter (Albuquerque, Nm) on 05/17/2011

I have two indoor cats. While living in NC, I experienced fleas for the first time. I am now in NM and am experiencing them again! I have treated both cats with frontline plus - can't say that it really seems to help - then or now (any suggestions for other product?). I have bites on my head (sores) and also sores on my back. I also find very tiny little red marks on various places on my body which I assume are where the bites took place. I do see little black dots and have had a doc and vet test but there is no blood in them. I also have seen little slivers of black pieces on my skin as well. I vacuum, dust and wash clothing and sheets. It seems like when I put on clothing that has been washed, I am bitten from the clothing - can the fleas exist in the clothing? Could the washing/moisture and heat increase productivity - hatching of eggs? It seems the bugs reside in the fabric, sheets and/or clothes. I have thrown away clothes because I feel like I get bitten when wearing them. I know they always talk of fleas itching but I find them more of a sore feeling than an itching feeling. My cats seem less bothered than I.

I wonder at times if the frontline plus, borax, comet, etc are causing me a chemical reaction and my skin is reacting in this weird way????I have not seen a flea on them this go-roudn but did see ONE in NC. I have sprinkled borax soap around, tried spraying with vinegar, comet, etc. I have also seen some red "tracks" on my skin - I find myself picking at my head and possibly spread onto my skin by touch. I don't know whether to shower more or less - again without knowing if I am increasing the numbers because of the moisture. I even use a body scrubber and leave shampoo and conditioner in hair in hopes of killing them.

I would wonder if I am imagining all of this but I have a cousin who has had the exact same symptoms - down to the last detail. He is not someone I spend time with but rather contacted him after learning of he was having similar problems. I could go on and on but I think that gives you somewhat of an idea.

Posted by Bughater
Chicago, Il
What you describe sounds like bed bugs... Have you checked the seams of the mattress etc? These are very difficult to get rid of to say the least and they hitch rides in your clothing..... Do some research for tell tale signs in the room. Look for black dots on furniture etc these would be the droppings... They like wood so start with any wooden furniture in the room first. They do not travel very far from their food source so they should be close to the bed if this is the case. I worked with my neighbor for three months to get rid of them in her house! We wrapped the mattresses in plastic covers... Duct taped the zipper completely, put borax around the bed, vaseline on any climbing source to the bed, sprayed the entire room down with alcohol (we were told it may kill the eggs before they can hatch), and finnally she would wear long sleeves, pajama pants and socks to bed. No bites for a long time now and she only saw one or two small ones which she immediately killed after that... easy to find if you know what you are looking for but they spread out so you just have to be vigilant. I hope this helps! Good Luck
Posted by Mary
Regina, Saskctchewan, Canada
Hi: I was just reading that Food Grade Diatomacious Earth was a very effective killer of Bed Bugs. See a web site called Wolf Creek Ranch for a better description of all the amazing features of this unique silica product.

Saliva, Salt Water   1  0   

Posted by Sue M. (Worden, Il, Usa) on 08/26/2012

Oh, Timh.... Thank you. You touched my heart and soul with your words. God's many blessings on you.

Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 08/24/2012

[YEA]  Hi everyone, while on vacation, we went hiking in the rainforest in Costa Rica where I was attacked by mosquitoes. I was even wearing bug repellent but, as always it never seems to work for me. I ended up with about 50 mosquito bites and was absolutely miserable that night. I couldn't sleep and ended up going on EC to see what was recommended. I had already tried cortisone cream which didn't do a thing for the itching. Amazingly, I found a recommendation from Francisca saying saliva worked very well. Since I was on vacation I didn't have a lot of things I would normally have at home so the ACV wasn't available. So, I tried the saliva and amazingly enough, it brought the throbbing and itching down to about half. Still not great but better.

The next day, I spent an hour swimming in the ocean since sea salt was recommended. Well, that was the trick! All pain and itching gone! Hopefully, this helps someone! Lisa

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1296 Posts
Lisa, thanx for all your informative posts.

Problem in Ky isn't Mosquito's, but an army of ticks and chiggers; and plenty of fleas on my kitties (generic frontline works good and a full tube is enough for 2). As for prevention I have read somewhere that eating garlic is good against the little vampires. As for the chigger bites I am finding best results by giving the affected spot a good squeeze so to bleed and drain the toxins out - wipe clean - apply old timer's Potter's Salve - wait for first frost (lol).

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Timh, Again, thanks for reminding me to write you. I keep meaning to! Thank you for all of your amazing posts. You are a force on this site that helps so many people. It is obvious that you have learned so much on your journey. It appears that you have overcome so many odds! Thus, through first-hand knowledge you reach out to help others. It is much appreciated...

I also remember reading a little while back, I think to Robyn, that you have been reading much on NDE. Are you familiar with Elizabeth Kubler- Ross? I would imagine you are since much of her life was devoted to this work. I have read many myself and also many accounts from Masters who have walked this earth plane. Baba Muktananda and Yogananda are two of my favorites in their accounts of the human/ God experience. Life is such a mystery... Blessings on you, Lisa

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1296 Posts
Lisa, it has been quite a journey and educational at that; and I try to convey anything positive for everyone here although my abilities are compromised. Add the psychological or spiritual elements to the mix and things can get difficult; so the art of simplicity is the rule. Case in point, in response to the personal and give/receive nature of this E.C. site/ message board, over the past few months I have rollercoaster from very poor to somewhat good health conditions and have remained faithful here as I am still in a somewhat desperate mode clinging to what little life force I have; anyway, amazing enough and on many occasions I receive post exactly pertinent to my condition at the moment. There are the laws of average and likelihood but these occasions have been so consistent and sometimes I will have only been thinking about some aspect of some illness throughout the day and as soon as I begin reading on here the answer is posted. My belief is that as people show true concern for one another without the devil of money involved, telepathic or "miraculous" events can occur. One year ago I had been occasionally reading E.C. and after a few months decided to start posting and, to be candid, I don't think I would still be alive if not for all the great info and good hearts here.

As for NDE's my interest has certainly escalated over the past few yrs, and I have been greatly encouraged and blessed from these fortunate folks. I haven't heard of Elizabeth Kubler- Ross (that I know of). The Anita Moorjani testimony is amazing document of the healing power of "eternity" as she died of Lymphoma Cancer and totally recovered within days of her return.

All the good thoughts, deeds and even intents of people will be consummated in the next life; and we will truly love each other in such a pure way that all the pain of this body and world will be as nothing. I never really considered myself one in need of the humility that can come from suffering, but it is an unmistakable fact that suffering can be tremendously advantageous. As the destructive forces of this world weld their way over us, the big truth is that love is really all that's left of creation and that's what will live in eternity. So, as all of us here suffering from our ailments have a dual mindset of rejection (i want to get my health back) and acceptance ("Thy will be done"). The "infinity factor" should always be the focus, removing as much bad energy from our minds and lives as possible, and be ready when that great day comes.

Many thanks and blessing to you and everyone here.

"Love is the only answer - hate is the root of cancer - then" --YES

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Timh, What a beautiful post! Yes, pain and suffering are certainly humbling and unlike you, perhaps I needed to face helplessness in terms of that. I was always one to rise against the odds and have always been a fighter. Thus, I never understood those who seemed to just succumb to circumstances or complain but do nothing. I still am somewhat unable to understand that but certainly have dealt with enough physical pain to now have compassion. My husband said it has helped me to grow tremendously.

As for synchronicity, I have been fortunate enough to have always trusted in a Higher Power, God, The Universe or whatever one is comfortable calling this mysterious force. As a result, it has been a never- ending fount of answers always given in the right time, in the right way. There have been times when I have questioned this All-Knowing force but, learned early that whatever the answer given, was the right one. Sometimes, it took considerable time before that would be revealed in hindsight. It isn't always easy to see this when you are in the midst of it! Are you familiar with Abraham-Hicks? If not, check out the website because I have learned so much from this wise force. It is based in Universal Laws and they cannot be overridden. These laws work over and over again without fail.

Yes, all good thoughts, deeds and intents are rewarded. The laws of Karma are unerring, for sure. And love is the greatest force of the universe. Yes, Earth Clinic is wonderful to be able to give freely to others and reap the benefits of others' knowledge and wisdom garnered from their experience. When humanity understands we must reach back and help each other up the ladder or none of us will make it, we will finally truly understand unconditional love. Not always easy to do in the human condition...

Also, I would love you to check out the books by Dr. Brian L. Weiss. They are truly remarkable and have been a comfort to me since they were written back in the 80's. Over the years, I have recommended this book to many people especially in times of their suffering. The first book is called "Many Lives, Many Masters" which I would recommend starting with as you then have the background of this man's remarkable story. "Only Love Is Real" is another beautiful one and resonates with what you said at the end of your post. And finally, "Messages From The Masters" is a summation of his books and the wisdom of "the Masters" who with all the love and compassion give us messages that are so beautiful and reassuring they would move me to tears.

Anyway, Timh, thank you again for your beautiful post and know that you are in my thoughts sending you healing love and grateful to know you through these pages. With love and respect, Lisa

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
This is to Timh: This was on my facebook wall and of course, I thought of you. I don't know if you have ever heard of Dr. Christiane Northrup but, she is a shining light for women as well, as humankind. Well, she posted this:

"I've long been a student of Near Death Experiences because they contain so much wisdom to help us live well NOW. I have just finished reading Anita Moorjani's amazing story Dying to be Me-- the account of her dying from terminal lymphoma and choosing to return to life-- after which all of her lemon sized tumors disappeared miraculously. She tapped into her magnificent essence and healed. While "dead" she realized that dying was not a failure-- neither was getting sick. She saw that it was FEAR that caused her cancer-- fear of everything-- foods, cancer, pesticides, being disliked. And now as she is eating chocolate or enjoying a bit of champagne, she lives life to the fullest. Fearlessly. Joyfully. In good health. We don't need to die to begin living fearlessly as ourselves right now. Regardless of where we are or what our health is like. Anyone out there had a similar experience?"

I just had to share this with you and thought you might also be interested in the book since you have been reading NDEs lately. Best to you as always and I hope you are continuing to improve! Lisa

Posted by Heather
Hi Lisa and Tim - I am a believer - when my uncle was dying he was quite isolated and alone I felt great compassion for him and sent him Reiki every night I knew that it would help him in some way and I prayed for him. It was November when he passed and after I heard I was quite emotional but then I saw a butterfly flying around my lounge and kitchen I followed it in wonder as peacock butterflies are never around in November in UK let alone inside, I wondered where it had come from then I realised that it was a sign of transformation and I am very grateful. I could share many other accounts but I think this one will help others. X
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1296 Posts
Lisa: ty sooo much for thinking of me and wishing me wellness. I don't think i'm familiar w/ Dr. Christiane Northrup, so thanx for the tip.

I know it would make you happy to find cases so far gone as myself, Robyn and the like, make big, miraculous comebacks. As I began reading Robyn's post from you about the dfb, and how severe his MCS is; what, this side of heaven could help? Many NDE'rs get those miraculous cures from God or Heaven or Love, but how can we, save having an NDE, get some of that healing power HERE and NOW.

As the scientific and information age rapidly progresses we are definitely closing in on what exactly a miracle is and how to achieve it. We've got the Gene/DNA/Cloning stuff being applied w/ good success, we've got Chakra healing and balancing making positive impacts on overall health. Since my recent one step improvement from the bottom, I am getting very good results from Love 528 DNA repair harmonics. 30 minutes minimum or best for 1 hr brings a noticeable degree of immediate restoration. Leonard Harowitz, the co-author and rediscoverer of the Ancient Solffagio music scales, also authored a book Walk On Water (which i, regrettably, haven't yet read). So, one big area of study is the rediscovery of Ancient knowledge, most of which has been lost to us, excluding of course, all the esoteric knowledge teaching that do remain. Anyway, the Walk On Water book, from what i've read about it, is a science of miracle, of which I consider Harowitzes spin-off of Kabala text. The science of spirituality or better known as sorcery... Which gives me an immediate jump over to Carlos Castaneda reporting from Don Juan Matus that ALL illness is indulgence. If one could but achieve such a definite separation from the ego and the flesh, virtually anything is possible. I've practiced the Tensegrity exercises only minimally but I do feel some effect, especially w/ the immune exercise. The aim of the Toltek sorcerers was to bridge that gap between the earthly body and the spiritual body through the Tensegrity movements. Yoga plus Transcendental Meditation should have similar effects, as would the Chakra exercises. All these practices combined should put anyone much nearer to true healing and recovery without having the jolted NDE healing. The movie Flatliners depicts, in a rather Hollywood fashion, the intentional and controlled NDE. If one got drastic enough (and many NDE'rs did commit suicide albeit unsuccessfully) the NDE is probably the single greatest method of holistic healing known.

Not to be long-winded here, but i've been contemplating one aspect of the NDE reports that very much needs mention here. Many of the reporters witness their own body at the scene of death and their immediate reaction is realizing it is indeed their own body BUT (and no matter how gruesome the scene) there is an almost total disregard for that former "flesh". Some even laugh at what was once their pitiful physical self. Disregarding the villain folks who get the hell experience, everyone else simply wants to stay in the love and the light and absolutely does not want to go back down to earth and body (pain), they know they are "home".

Conclusion: healing is best achieved holistically; which by theory, admits a place of unity in science/nature - art/spirit. Unity is creation, life, and health. In another attempt at pragmatism, where people simply need short, precise recommendations, Dr. Reginald Cheery, imho, hit the nail on the head when he recognized healing as a process and a path. Praying over our medicine, food, and nutritional supplements is one simple act of unity on the path to wellness.

Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
704 Posts
Hi Timh, Enjoyed your musings. I have spent a lifetime in spiritual study and reading the masters'. I say spiritual rather than religious and I say masters because there have been so many who have walked this earth plane though each religion pretty much recognizes only one. Here in LA, Yogananda has a beautiful place called the Lake Shrine Self-Realization Fellowship where many masters are recognized with statues scattered around the lake and in the chapel, pictures line the walls of them as well. I myself was a student of Baba Muktananda for many years, a guru from India. I learned so much from him through his books and also on the inner planes. My meditations soared with Siddha yoga. Today, I work to do what I call, "living meditation" and that is to know always that spirit is present and I must be fully present to what is in front of me. In that sense, I am most effective in helping my fellow humans.

I don't think this earth plane is an easy one and yet, we "choose" to come here for this human experience. With that understanding, we can learn to "live in this world but not be of it". Not always an easy task with these cumbersome bodies but a noble one! This journey we call life is such an adventure and though at times, it seems long it is so very brief. And with each experience our soul grows in wisdom. Many blessings on you Timh! And may your journey get better each day... Lisa

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Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) on 08/02/2009

[YEA]  Try rubbing salt into a mosquito bite, just ordinary table salt. I tried it on a new itchy bite I thought was from a mosquito; the bite was gone the next day. Mosquito bites usually last days on me.

Posted by Kamikan
College Station, Texas, Usa
[YEA]   I was surprised to find this actually works! I had several all over my arm and leg after watering the plants (strangely, the bites were only on my left side).

I rubbed a pinch of salt on each bite. Within moments the itch stopped, and within a couple hours the swelling was reduced to a small red dot, like a flea bite. The dots didn't disappear until a few days later, but they were inconspicuous and never itched again.

Posted by Martha
Waxhaw, Nc
I recently had a bite on my neck that started itching so bad I could hardly stand it. I thought it was a spider bite but was not sure. I went online and read about spider bites and it said to use Baking Soda, made into a paste. I tried it and it helped so much. The next day it had started trying to dry up. I still do not know what bite I had, but whatever it was the BS seemed to work.
Posted by Betty
Neosho, Mo.
2 Posts
I had a recluse spider bite. My daghter had used thinnly sliced onion as a poultice for bruises so I thought it might pull the poison out of bite. Tried it, only had red onion but used it overnight and next morning was almost gone. Healed real nice. no Dr bill, no antiboitics.
Posted by Imran
London, Uk
[YEA]   I had maybe 6-8 mosquito bites on my feet and ankles it was so itchy it was becoming unbareable so I got normal cooking salt rubbed it in for about 1 mins on my slightly wet feet in the tub and immediately started feeling relief... Also as a side benefit it made my feet smooth not that I cared but something I noticed main thing was my itchyness was GONE!

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Posted by Lisa (Coto De Caza, Ca) on 10/12/2009

[YEA]  My daughter woke up one morning with a few bug bits (most likely spider bites) that itched and were swollen. We put a little tea tree oil on it and the itching stopped very quickly. The next day the bites were completely gone. A few days later I had a bug bite that itched like crazy, so I tried the tea tree oil on it and it worked great.

Posted by Kathleen (Brisbane, Australia) on 01/03/2009

[YEA]  Living in Australia, tea tree is readily available at supermarkets etc, and is great for taking away the itch from flea, mosquito, midgee bites (and lots more). It works by 1. taking away the itch - anaesthetic; 2. healing the infected area (antiseptic), and repels the other bugs hat might come near you.

I dip a cotton bud into the oil (100%, or even the dilluted version) and rub it onto the bite, sometimes I reapply it, and before you know it - its gone!

Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Essential Oil   1  0   

Posted by Anon (US) on 09/04/2014

[YEA]  I felt something sting my arm, I could feel the legs grab my arm when it did. It felt like when you touch an electric fence. I didn't see the wasp. There was a shallow bite about an eighth inch across. It itched a lot and began to swell till there was a red area around it the size of a silver dollar after a few days. I decided it wasn't going away on it's own so I rubbed tea tree oil into it and immediately after pure eucalyptus essential oil. It was gone in two or three days.

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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 06/29/2008

[YEA]  Well, I don't know why, but this summer the Vitamin B-6 and B-12 are not working to prevent mosquito bites! I have been taking the supplements for the past week and have gotten a bunch of mosquito bites when I walk outside. Last summer I didn't get any bites when I took the supplements. I had my husband test the supplements and he too got eaten alive one night. Tiger Balm is still the best remedy in my opinion to remove the itch from bites.

One great side effect from the supplements however, is that they appear to be a great natural deodorant! No baking soda necessary on the armpits when taking these 2 vits. Hopefully others will try them and let me know if they agree on the b/o.

Posted by Rebekah
Anchorage, Ak, Usa
[YEA]   Thank you for this suggestion. We forgot our bug dope on our camping trip this weekend and the mosquitoes really got me before the local place opened up so we could buy some repellent. So far the Tiger Balm is working well. I can tell I'm going to need several applications, but for the moment my calves aren't itching like crazy.

Posted by Michelle (Pasadena, CA) on 04/28/2008

[YEA]  For some reason, in the past 2 or 3 years, i've had 3 bad cases of allergic reactions to insect or arachnid bites, though i've never been able to pinpoint exactly what's been biting me. The doc's said take allergy meds, but nothing seems to work (i've got about 3 tubes of cream in my cabinet) and the ITCHING!!!! The itching is the worst part of it all. I woke up 8 times last night scratching my leg, and i knew if i could just get the itching to stop, the bite would heal much faster and i wouldn't be causing all this swelling and put myself at an impetigo risk. I've used Tiger Balm for sore muscles before, but never for bites. I'm now sitting here cool as a cucumber, tingly, and ITCH FREE for the first time!!! I can throw out those tubes of cream and keep an all natural multitasker, my cabinet, and my legs thak you.

Posted by Bryana
Woodland Hills, CA
[YEA]   This TIGER BALM remedy works! I love it. I had bites that itch like crazy so i put Calamine on it and it didn't work. I came to earth clinic and read on and i found this remedy I tried it and right now i am tingling and i fill fine and NO itching. It burns a bit at first but after it leaves a nice tingling feeling I LOVE IT!
Posted by Kendra
Charleston, Sc
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Be careful using Tiger Balm. I had my husband rub some on my neck one time for some muscle pain and ended up the ER with Cellulitis. They gave me Steroids and Benedryl right there. It was very painful, so please make sure you aren't allergic.

Cellulitis is a common skin infection and caused an itchy painful red rash.

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