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20 Natural Ways to Stop Itching Your Bug Bites in Minutes

Summer is all fun and games until mosquitos ruin it for everyone.

There are tons of ways to relieve itching from bug bites, but the majority of them use strong chemicals that can irritate your skin even more. If you want to move away from harsh remedies this summer, here are 20 ALL NATURAL ways to stop itching your bug bites!

Honestly, you'll be able to find majority of these in your very own kitchen already!

 

BASIL

Crush up a few basil leaves and place directly on bug your bites. Basil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to soothe skin and act as a natural repellent.

 

HONEY

Dab a bit of honey directly on your bite for relief. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and contributes to wound-healing. 

 

MILK & WATER

Mix equal parts water and skim milk, dip cloth in the mixture, and dab on your skin.

 

LEMON / LIME JUICE

Rub half of lemon or lime on your bite and leave the juice sit on the bite for 5 to 10 minutes. The acid in the fruit helps to reduce inflammtion and swelling. 

 

ICE

Hold ice cubes on your bite for 10 to 15 minutes to soothe your skin and reduce inflammation and swelling.

 

ALOE VERA

Apply a thin layer of fresh aloe vera direclty on your bites. It has countless more healing properties & it's simple to grow your own Aloe Vera houseplant [HERE'S HOW]

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TEA BAGS

Soak a green tea, white tea, or chamomile tea bag in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes and place on your bite for 10 minutes. The tannic acid in tea reduces inflammation and swelling of the skin. 

 

ONION

Mince an onion into a paste and apply to your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Onion has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties & the strong odor acts as natural repellent. 

 

THYME

Mince thyme leaves and apply the mixture direclty on your bite for 10 minutes. Thyme has antibacterial and antifungal properties to reduce irritation and the chance of infection. 
 

LEMON BALM

Chop lemon balm leaves and place the leaves on your bug bite. The natural compounds in lemon balm ease inflammation, speed up healing & reduce the risk of an infection.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS 

A few drops of tea tree, rosemary, lavender, neem, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oil will relieve itching and swelling & can act as a natural repellent. 

These 2 are my go to oils when I get a bug bite! 🐞🐛🐜They help take the itchy right out so fast! I put a drop of each on neat--usually Lavender first because I like the smell of Purify better. 😉 . Lavender has antistringent, antihistamine, analgesic, soothing, and antibacterial properties. Which means it kills germs, helps allergic response, helps pain, calms, and kills more germs. Really great properties to have when dealing with a bug bite! 😊 Purify is photosensitive which means if you put it where the sun can see it you can get a chemical burn, so be aware of that ok? 😎 I don't know why it helps bug bites apart from the fact that it's magic🔮✨. So there's that 😉🤣😂 It really does work for me though. Maybe that means I'm magic???!??😎😎😎😎😎

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WITCH HAZEL

Apply a bit of witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab on your bite. Let it dry and repeat as needed. Witch hazel reduces inflammation, soothes your skin & can speed up healing.
 

GARLIC 

Cut a clove in half and rub it on your bites. Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory. 

 

SALT PASTE

Mix equal parts salt and water to make a paste & apply the mixture to your bug bites. The paste prevents infection and is an anti-inflammatory. 
 

VINEGAR 

The acetic acid in vinegar has healing, anti-inflammatory & cooling properties. 

 

OATMEAL 

Mix equal parts oatmeal and water to make a thick paste & apply it to your bites for 10 minutes. Oatmeal has anti-irritant qualities and can relieve itching and swelling. 

 

PEPPERMINT 

Peppermint provides a cooling sensation and reduces pain & swelling. Crush mint leaves and apply direclty to your bites or try peppermint essential oil. 
 

COCONUT OIL

Apply a thin layer of coconut oil on your bug bites to serve as a natural protective barrier & repellent. It's also an anti-inflammatory. 

 

WARM WATER 

Dip a washcloth in hot water and leave on your bite for 5 to 10 minutes to soothe your skin. 

 

SLAPPING OR PINCHING 

It doesn't get more natural than putting nothing at all on your bug bite! For immediate relief, slap or pinch your bug bite. The brain registers the slap/pinch as more painful than the itch of the bug bite, providing temporary relief from itching. 

 

 

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