Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric for Tick Bites: My 5 year old son and I both react badly to tick bites. Last summer, my bites took 4-6 months to heal. It was frustrating and very itchy! The bites on my son swell up and they must think he is delicous as he gets so many bites. (He eats the same as his siblings but they don't get nearly so many bites and don't react so badly either! ) Anyway, I have been treating our bites this spring twice daily with different things with not much relief. Then I started to use raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar topically on the bites, twice a day or more often if the itch returned. Not only does it relieve the itch for hours, it also seems to speed healing. I had my son start on turmeric (about 1/2 t. Per day) and that really ramped up the healing for him. I am taking about 1 t. myself now, too. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, so I guess that is why it is helping. This is a cheap and easy solution to an irritating problem!