A mosquito lands on your body, and the next thing you know, there is a big red bump which is intolerably itchy. Even if you are a lover of outdoors, the one
terrifying thing that might keep you away from enjoying a bright sunny day or a pleasant evening is mosquito bites. Unlike wasps and bees that inject venom into our body when they sting, though mosquitoes bite only to feed on your blood, the itchiness that follows will be highly irritating. And your immediate reaction to the itchiness: scratching.
When you scratch the itchiness created by mosquito bites, even though it may be soothing at the moment, you are actually causing damage to that part of your skin. Also, it can lead to creating some permanent changes on your skin. In addition to getting scars, excessive scratching can also lead to serious infections as it involves contact with your nails.
Now that you’re clear that scratching can do no good to mosquito bites and resulting itches, you may be thinking if there is any other good solution to make them stop itching. Yes, there is. In fact, there are many simple, natural, yet effective solutions.
There are people who choose to use anti-histamines to bring down itching and inflammation. However, due to the pesky side effects caused by some of these medications, people are becoming more and more hesitant about using them. Therefore, if you prefer to follow some natural practices that can help eliminate itching caused by mosquito bites; we can help you with some of our suggestions:
Cold temperatures are known to reduce inflammation. In addition to this, cold therapy also acts as a great relief to the itchiness you experience from mosquito bites. The cold temperature from ice actually numbs the bitten area, giving you immediate relief from itching and inflammation. Use an ice pack or fill a cloth with ice and place it on the area for a few minutes. If you can find no ice at that moment, try applying cold water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can also use frozen bags or water bottle from your refrigerator.
Essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender oil, cinnamon oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, catnip oil, thyme oil, etc. are considered to work great in reducing inflammation, itching, and pain. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties in many of these oils help prevent infection in the area. Choose one of these essential oils (we recommend tea tree or lavender) and use a cotton ball to apply the same on the area of the bite. However, if yours is a sensitive skin, it is better to avoid using tea tree oil. Try using lavender instead.
This natural sweetener has always been used to attain various health benefits. With anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is no wonder this ingredient can cure itchy bites as well. Dabbing only a few drops of honey on the affected area will give you instant relief.
Did you ever think that that pot of aloe vera in your balcony can help in soothing your mosquito itches? Besides working great for clearing sunburn, this household plant is also highly recommended for treating itching and swelling. Extract some gel from the meaty portion of the plant, store it in the fridge for some time, and once it is cool apply it on the itching area. If you don’t have the plant at home, store bought aloe vera gel can also deliver the same results.
Milk and Water
Similar to ice working as cold compress, the combination of milk and water can act as an excellent soothing compress. Mix equal quantities of milk and water and dip a cloth in the mix. Apply the cloth on the affected site and enjoy the soothing effect. Milk and water works great in relieving sunburn as well.
Most of you use basil as a core ingredient in your Italian recipes for Friday night dinner. But little do people know that this ingredient can work as a remedy for mosquito bite too. The presence of certain chemical compounds in this aromatic herb is found to cure itching. You can simply crush a few leaves and apply it on the area, or use readymade basil oil.
You would have come across remedies suggesting the use of toothpaste on the itching surface. This could probably be the effect of mint present in the toothpaste. The cooling effect caused by mint reaches your brain faster, thus stopping the brain from processing that itchy feeling. If you don’t want to apply toothpaste on your skin, simply crush some leaves or use essential oil.
Those pesky mosquitoes can no longer ruin your enjoyable evening outdoors with your family and friends.