There is nothing quite like the smell of summer. Freshly cut grass, the taste of juicy strawberries and pink watermelon, the sun setting later in the evenings, the excitement of the holidays approaching, and then… mozzies!
Fortunately, most of us only suffer a few itchy and uncomfortable bites, and occasionally must endure broken sleep caused by that immediately recognisable buzzzz near your head.
However, mosquitoes can carry certain viruses and parasites, and in more serious cases, bites from these mosquitoes can cause severe illness.
When travelling into an area known for mosquito-borne diseases, it’s important to consult a medical or wellness professional for preventative treatment before you travel.
But, what about when you’re simply out and about, and you’re still being “eaten alive”? Pure Beginnings has formulated two safe, effective and 100% natural insect repellents. – an Insect Repellent Spray, and an Insect Repellent Stick.
If you forget your insect repellent at home and do get bitten – don’t worry! Here are nine natural mosquito-bite home remedies you can try to ease the itch:
- When you first notice the itchy bite, apply a small amount of vinegar directly to the affected area.
- Use either the fresh inner leaf gel directly from an aloe plant or organic aloe juice. They both work well at providing relief.
- Baking soda and water. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply generously to the bite.
- Place a fresh slice of onion on the affected area for several minutes until the itching subsides.
- Apply a small amount of all-natural peppermint toothpaste.
- Raw honey. Take a small amount of honey and apply directly to the bite.
- Lime or lemons. Apply directly to the bite.
- Put a piece of raw garlic on the wound. You may feel some mild burning, but you should feel some major relief afterwards.
- Salt paste. Take finely ground salt and mix with a small amount of water until you have a thick paste. Apply this salt paste directly to the bite.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.