Mosquitoes are those known for their dreadful, irritating, whiny noises that can drive you up the wall.
They love disrupting our peace, especially in the evening and night. These disease-carrying parasites are not impossible to be dealt with though. To properly deal with mosquitoes in the home, you have to outdo them in determination.
Mass-produced mosquito repellents are the commonly available means of protection against mosquitos. These are often not the go-to option for many because of their dangers. Many of the chemical insecticides are not even effective in killing the mosquitoes.
To get rid of mosquitoes in the home, it is not enough that you just use insect repellents when your home is a breeding ground for them. No matter how many repellents you use, they will not go away completely.
You should read the post I wrote on how to get rid of mosquitoes in your home. There, you can learn measures to take to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. When you are done reading it, then continue.
There is no fool-proof method that can completely get rid of mosquitoes. When the unfortunate incident of a mosquito bite occurs, Here is how you can remedy the bite to reduce itching, swelling and prevent it from scarring.
Natural mosquito remedies
To prevent bites
There are some oils that when applied on the body, mosquitoes do not come near the person because they are a powerful insecticide.
Neem is a very popular plant known for its numerous properties which include it being a very effective insect repellent. In this case, it prevents the mosquito from biting the person’s skin. This is especially useful in situations where one cannot take good mosquito measures or does not have mosquito repellents.
How to use:
- Neem essential oil should be diluted with olive oil, coconut oil, or other carrier oils in the ratio 1:2 respectively.
- If not using an essential oil, make sure the concentration is right for your skin
- Apply the oil all over the body or inappropriate areas.
- Sleep well 🙂
Where to get it: It is available in health stores and shops for natural products.
tea tree oil
This is another popular essential oil that is used as a mosquito repellent and also when rubbed on the skin, it prevents mosquitoes from biting you.
So, before going to bed or putting your children to bed, dilute some tea tree essential oil and rub it on all visible skin areas not covered by clothes. If possible rub it all over their body because mosquitoes do bite us inside our clothes.
This remedy can also be used for mosquito bites after-care to lessen the itching and swelling. Remember to re-apply on the bite fifteen minutes later if it is still itching.
For itching and swelling
To prevent itching and swelling, These remedies do work almost immediately. Leaving you pain-free to continue your day.
This is a well-known soothing plant. It has analgesic, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties that work for itching, bites, scrapes, etc.
Simply dab some lavender oil on the bites. If using the essential oil, make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying directly yo the skin to avoid skin reactions.
If you have the plant in the garden, you can simply crush the leaves and flowers and rub it all over the bite area.
Witch hazel is commonly used as a toner and astringent. Here, it reduces inflammation and soothes the skin. It is available in grocery stores and as part of over-the-counter purchases in pharmacies.
Apply a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton wool. Gently dab the bite and allow it to dry.
Apple vinegar like honey is one of those items that seem to be the go-to remedy for too many things fortunately for us. Apple vinegar contains acetic acid which is its main component and active ingredient.
It reduces the irritation and inflammation caused by the bite. It will also disinfect the bite if you have been scratching it and it got infected.
Use a piece of cotton wool to apply a little undiluted apple vinegar to the bite. If it is too concentrated for your skin, then dilute it a little. The more concentration, the faster it will work. Repeat as needed
Are these remedies safe for babies and children?
The remedies recommended above are safe for children and babies as long as the oils and vinegar are not used in high concentrations. It is necessary that you know how to properly dilute essential oils before using them.
Remember not to ingest these remedies as most of them are not safe for consumption.
Keep to these precautions and you will be safe.
peculiar remedies For BItes
Below are remedies that some swear works for them. I have searched the net for easy mosquito remedies and many swear by these. I have personally never used them, but feel free to experiment with them. They are safe for most people just don’t use them on children and babies. They should only be used on adults or at least teenagers.
- Hot Spoon
- The logic here is to kill the protein in the bite that makes it itch.
- Dip your metal/iron spoon in hot water/hot tea, not enough to burn
- Place it on the bites but do not press it down
- A hot washcloth or how water not enough to burn will also work just fine
- Ice is commonly used to numb a wound to prevent that person from feeling any pain. Same here. It numbs the mosquito bite.
- The purpose here is to seal the bite from reacting with the air to cause itching. Many say it works wonders for them
- Clear nail polish
- This has a similar logic to the tape of not allowing air to react to the protein that causes the itch
- The hairdryer has the same logic as the spoon of using heat to kill the protein causing the itching on the bites.
- Banana Peel
- Rub the soft side of the banana peel on the bite. I don’t know why it works. But they say it does.
- Making an ‘X’ on the bite
- It is expected that by using your fingernail to make an X mark in the middle of the bite, it will spread out the mosquito sting and make it go away faster
- Using a piece of cotton, apply ammonia to the bite. It will sting for a second but that will be it.
If you have read the post I wrote on mosquito care in the home, you will see that some of the oils recommended that are natural mosquito repellents are also listed as mosquito bite remedies.
This is one of the beauties of healing with natural remedies. You can use one ingredient for numerous purposes, unlike pharmaceutical medicine.
Do not forget to test for sensitivity when applying a new oil to your skin for the first time.
I hope you got what you came looking for. I am interested to know if these options worked for you. Let me know in the comments below whether they did or they didn’t.
I hope you had a good time here on the blog.
Until next time, bye!