With the arrival of spring, many of us are spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, as the weather warms, this also means that the arrival of mosquitoes and their nasty bites is not far off.
If you find that you’ve been bitten and are out of your favorite store-bought remedy, don’t fret! Here are some homemade remedies for mosquito bites that you may even find to work better than store-bought remedies:
Apply solid or roll-on anti-perspirant to the mosquito bite.
Dab the mosquito bite with ammonia (it stings, but will relieve the itch).
Place a piece of scotch tape on the bite; or first dab the mosquito bite with rubbing alcohol or ammonia, then stick on a piece of tape.
There are various paste applications which can be effective against the itch of mosquito bites. For example, many people find that a paste of baking soda and water is an effective remedy for the itch.
The consistency should be thick enough that it doesn’t run and it will stay in place on the mosquito bite. Another paste application which is effective against mosquito bites is meat tenderizer and water.
Mix to the same consistency as the baking soda paste and apply as needed to mosquito bites. Another option is to apply a paste made with activated charcoal and water.
Rubbing a bar of soap on mosquito bites can also be an effective remedy for the itching. Soaps containing German chamomile, echinacea or ginger in it will be more effective, because these herbs have anti-inflammatory properties.
Your kitchen may hold the cure to the itching of your mosquito bites. Try rubbing an onion on the mosquito bite. The sulfur compounds in the onion have anti-inflammatory properties.
Another option is to rub the inside of a banana peel on the mosquito bite. The polysaccharides contained in the banana work to soothe the skin.
People have varying sensitivities to mosquito bites and some will find that one remedy works better than others for them.
These remedies offer effective and affordable homemade options for treatment of itching mosquito bites. With a little experimentation, you will likely find at least one treatment that works very well for you.