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12 Natural Ways to Soothe & Heal Bug Bites

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

12 Natural Ways to Soothe & Heal Bug BitesIt’s that time of year when moms start to worry about making sure their precious littles are sufficiently protected from the bugs of summer. If your kids are anything like mine they don’t want to play outside in the heat of the day, when the bugs are few and far between, and who could blame them?

When the sun starts to fade and the temperature dips though they get a second wind and they hit the door running. Unfortunately the bugs (ie mosquitoes) have the same idea. My kids have already come inside with fresh bugs bites only to spend the remainder of the evening itching up a storm. During the summer months lots of families can be found several evenings a week attending some sort of outdoor event so bugs become a problem.

First we need to set up a good offense and send everyone outside with some protection…a bug barrier. A super easy and natural way to repel bugs is to make an essential oil spray. Just put some clove, basil, juniper, pine, or cedar oils inside a carrier oil like Jojoba or grain alcohol and spray as needed. Even easier and cheaper than that is to use garlic juice and water and spray as needed. You can also buy a more natural product if you don’t want a DIY product. We like and use the Badger Anti-Bug Twist-Up Stick. You put it on lightly or thick and it smells really nice without being at all greasy. No harmful DEET!

You can also get proactive by planting strategically around your house with plants that the bugs don’t like. Rosemary, basil, catnip, and lemon balm are a few plants you can grow that have wonderful insect-repelling qualities

What do you do though when you or the kiddos get bit or stung by ants, bees, mosquitoes and other buggy creatures despite your best efforts? Here are some…

Natural Ways to Soothe and Heal Bug Bites and Stings

Aloe Vera – Cut a small section of your plant (seriously every family needs to have at least one Aloe Vera plant in their home) and rub on, allowing the juices to dry and soothe.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Apply a few drops of ACV directly and allow to dry. Repeat as needed. You can also add a couple cups to your bath water for a soak.

Dry Soap – Rub dry bar soap on the wound to help with itch. I like Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint.

Onion – Take a thin slice of onion and apply directly to the bite/sting. Great for bee stings!

Baking Soda Paste – Mix some baking soda with water to form a paste and apply as needed to soothe and help with itchiness.

Toothpaste – Rub on a bit of a natural toothpaste brand and allow to dry. I haven’t tried it yet but I think Earthpaste Peppermint would work really well for this since it has natural clay in it and peppermint is soothing and cooling.

Lavender Oil – A few drops applied directly to the wound.

Local Raw Honey – This is soothing and it has antimicrobial properties which is awesome for when dirty little fingernails are scratching and digging, thus opening the door for infection. Apply directly to the bite.

Banana Peel – Rub the inside of a banana peel on the wound. Very effective but usually needs to be repeated hourly.

Tea Bags – After brewing up a batch of tea use the bag to soothe any bug bites.

Crushed/Chewed Leaves – Crush up or chew up some basil or plantain leaves until they are soggy. Apply directly to the bite/sting.

Lemon/Lime Slices – Apply directly.

Do you have a natural bug bite remedy that works well for you?

  • CelloMom on Cars

    Thanks for this array of remedies!
    Mosquitoes are the bane of our dusk-time dinners! Badger helps, as does Tiger balm (I’ve no idea what’s in that, though). Once there is a bite, we apply a drop of water, then sprinkle salt: the salt draws out the poison the mosquito injects to keep your blood from clotting while it drinks (sorry if TMI). Spray-on magnesium solution is also effective against the itch, even better than calendula.

    • I have to try the magnesium oil. We have lots of it on hand. :)

  • Eknew

    great list, thank you. For bee stings, we rub in raw onion, which draws out the burn and itch and lessens swelling.

  • Tamara @ Silent Springs

    Great article! Pinning it now. Would you be interested in submitting a similar article for The Organic Times Blog?!

  • TacklingOurDebt

    What a wonderful list of suggestions. We are having a lot of rain right now and as soon as the sun comes out again I know we will have a ton of mosquitoes. I am allergic to mosquitoes so even though I love summer, I dislike it as well just because of the mosquitoes. I will have to give some of your suggestions a try.

  • Small Footprints

    When I was a kid and stayed with my Grandparents on their farm, we’d get bites when we were at the river swimming. My grandma had the best remedy … she’d add a bit of water to the soil to make mud and then apply it to the bite. It took away the pain and healed the bite quickly. Thank you for all your suggestions … this post is worth printing out and taking with on vacations, picnics, trips, etc.

  • Shary

    We use baking soda paste for bee stings too. I never heard of onions though. Awesome list!

  • Amber

    Thanks for the tips. Pinning it. I’m sure they will come in handy this summer!

  • Christy Garrett

    I remember when I was stung by a bee the nurse at camp used the baking soda paste. It helped quite a bit but after a while it always flaked off.

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  • Amanda Klenner-Labrow

    Plantain or yarrow poultice works like a charm too!

  • paulaschuck

    These are great ideas at minimal cost. My kids are always itching like mad in the summer. I have lavender oil already so I will try that. Thanks!!