The weather is warmer, which means it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, spending more time outside means exposing the body to pesky mosquitos. Some say that warm weather wouldn’t be what it is without a few mosquito bites! As true or false as that may be, it’s safe to say that mosquito bites are irritating, itchy, and can cause large swelling in certain people.
Unlike bees or wasps that inject venom during a sting, mosquitos inject a proboscis. This looks like a straw that sucks up small amounts of blood. It also releases anti-clotting agents and the immune system releases histamine as a response. That’s why small, itchy bumps develop at the site of the bite. When you get a mosquito bite, the last thing you want to do is constantly itch it. That only worsens the bite and the itching sensation. Instead, use the following home remedies to stop bites from itching.
Baking soda is a great healing agent that may reduce the itchiness associated with mosquito bites. Because baking soda is a natural base, it helps to counteract the acidity of the reaction between the body and mosquito saliva. Neutralizing the reaction can reduce irritation and stop it from itching. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in some water to create a paste and apply it on the bite.
Raw honey exhibits natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it a popular home remedy. It has been known to accelerate the recovery of small cuts, sore throats, and bruises. Drop a little honey on a mosquito bite to reduce the inflammation. Covering it with honey can also deter the desire to scratch.
Because of its strong smell, basil works to naturally repel mosquitos. It may not work as a repellent if you’re outside, but it can help ward off mosquitos when placed near windows and doors. The anti-inflammatory properties work to reduce the swelling around bites and stop the itching.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Similar to raw honey, apple cider vinegar is a favorite ingredient among home remedy enthusiasts. If you have an itchy mosquito bite, dab it with a drop of apple cider vinegar. Not only does it act as a natural disinfectant, but it also works to get rid of any itchy or burning sensations. If you need more relief, soak a washcloth in a solution of apple cider vinegar and cold water. Apply that to the bite for a few minutes.
Exposing your bite to cold temperature creates a numbing sensation around the area. This works to calm the itching and reduce inflammation from the bite. Try your best to apply an ice pack to the bite as soon as possible after the initial bite. This will combat inflammation as it happens.
Take this classic breakfast staple and use it to stop the itching from mosquito bites. Oatmeal works to relieve swelling because it contains anti-irritant compounds. You can make an oatmeal paste by mixing equal parts water and oatmeal in a bowl. Once it forms a paste, spoon some onto a washcloth and hold it on the bite for 10 minutes. Wipe the area clean and you should feel relief. You can also take an oatmeal bath for 20 minutes if you have many mosquito bites and need relief.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil exhibits powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it beneficial for wound healing. It has been known to fight bacteria, which reduces the risk of infection. In fact, tea tree oil is in several over-the-counter anti-itch treatments. Tea tree oil is a natural antihistamine that can help calm the swelling associated with mosquito bites. Additionally, it may also reduce the associated itching. Because it is quite strong, do not apply tea tree oil directly to the skin. Dilute it in a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil.