Last Modified on Jul 04, 2014
Treating and preventing mosquito bites necessitates a balanced approach that incorporates natural repellants and natural care. Avoiding mosquito bites is the best line of defense using deterrents such as apple cider vinegar. Nonetheless, natural treatments including lavender oil relieve the symptoms of a mosquito bite.
What are Mosquito Bites?
Itchy bumps that appear following a mosquito bite, insect bite or bee sting, mosquito bites are generally harmless. Nonetheless, bites often cause a large area or multiple locations of swelling, soreness and redness. Some insects pose an additional threat as they can carry viruses and parasites including West Nile, yellow fever, malaria and others.
Natural Mosquito Remedies
Preventing mosquito bites by using natural repellants is the best way to avoid insect bites. Some insect bites or stings are impossible to avoid, however, requiring effective treatment options. Apple cider vinegar and garlic are effective mosquito repellants while lavender oil is a functional remedy for itching associated with bites.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A natural, nontoxic compound, apple cider vinegar repels insects due to its acidic smell and taste. Vinegar applied to a bite also helps heal it and prevent infection.
Garlic is a pungent herb with a biting taste. As such, garlic is an effective repellant. For the best results, garlic must mature and be mixed with mineral oil and water to be used as a spray or detergent.
The pleasant aroma is not the only positive to treating ailments with lavender oil. This compound also offers specific anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. When applied directly to a mosquito bite, lavender oil offers relief almost instantly.
More common during the spring and summer, mosquito bites are often hard to avoid. Nonetheless, using natural repellants and treatment options is an effective way to prevent and treat most insect bites.
Table of Contents
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Epsom Salts for Mosquito Bites
- Bat Boxes
- Coconut Oil and Lavender Oil
- Devices and Decorations
- Dryer Sheets
- Homemade Sprays
- Homeopathic Remedy Staphysagria
- Hot Spoon Remedy
- Lavender Oil
- Lemon Joy Detergent
- Lisa's Mosquito Repellent Formula
- Mosquito Bite Allergy Remedies
- Rabbit Tobacco
- Reader Feedback
- Stinging Nettles
Applying ACV and rubbbing in Epsom Salts intermittently has been super helpful in the healing process for my mosquito bites. I tend to have an allergic reaction and mosquitos will often bite me, but no one else, when I am outside somewhere in the summer.
I will soak the ACV in a cotton ball or on a cotton circle pad and hold on my bites for a few minutes. After, I rub in a small portion of Epsom salts (about a dime size) and let them dissolve in the skin, in and around the bites. I do this a few times across the day. I've found this to both speed the healing as well as reduce the redness and itch.
Mosquito control. Whilst I burn incense coils or sticks, a good neighborly trick that SHOULD be practiced internationally is to install Bat Boxes at regular intervals in the area. Bats consume 10,000 to 15000 insects a day (per bat). Do the community a turn!