Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Homemade Bug Bite Relief

Mini Bugs II by Sophie Harding
Mini Bugs II

I have been working out in the garden and have bug bites all over my legs UGH! Itchy Itchy. Here are some home remedies for bug bites.

Household Items:

  • Rub a bar of soap over the itch. I just tried this (Ivory soap) and the relief was near instant. I used a dry bar of soap directly on the skin, but I also have notes that you can spritz bite with water and then run bar of soap over area–or use a wet bar of soap.
  • Place a piece of scotch tape on the bite; or dab rubbing alcohol or ammonia on the bite first then stick on a piece of tape.
  • Hot water: Take a hot shower, or a hot bath, or apply a hot compress. As hot as you can stand it without burning you.
  • Ice cube, ice pack or very cold water

Dabbers: The quicker you can apply one of the remedies below, the faster the relief. These are topical suggestions, apply directly to the bite area.

  • Nail Polish
  • Strong tea mixed with rubbing alcohol
  • Toothpaste (works for me)
  • Mouthwash
  • Vinegar (apply directly to bite or take a hot bath with 2 cups of vinegar in the water)
  • Honey
  • Underarm deodorant (solid or roll-on) - apply directly to bite area
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Tea: Use a hot tea bag or a cotton ball soaked in hot tea to dab on bite area

Pastes: Mix these fresh then apply to bite as soon as possible. The consistency should be nice and thick so it won’t run, yet will still stay in place on the affected area. You could also spritz bite with water then apply grains/powders directly (generously) and rub them in.

  • Baking Soda & Water (works for me)
  • Meat Tenderizer & Water
  • Salt & Water (works for me)
  • Epsom Salt & Water (could also do this as a foot soak if it’s the ankle/foot area affected)
  • Tums Tablets: crush and add a few drops of water
  • Aspirin: crush then add a few drops of water
  • Aspirin - crush then apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol

Commercial Product Lotions, Creams & Applications: Apply directly to bite area.

  • Calamine Lotion
  • Benadryl Cream
  • Orajel
  • Anbesol
  • Caladryl
  • Vicks VapoRub (works for me)
  • Preparation H (works for me)
  • Lucas Papaw Ointment
  • Tiger Balm
  • Bag Balm
  • Gold Bond Medicated Cream (or the Gold Bond Medicated Powder)
  • Mylanta (heartburn relief product)
  • After Bite

Essential Oils: Apply full strength directly to bite area. Edit: There are concerns about using essential oils on children and pre-teens, especially repeated use.

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Witch Hazel (astringent)
  • Cedar Oil

Leaf Applications: Crush the fresh leaves roughly then apply to bite area

  • Basil
  • Plantains (Plantago)

Fruity Applications: Use fresh fruit & apply directly to bite

  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Slice
  • Lime Juice
  • Lime Slice
  • Banana Peel (rub inside of peel on bite)
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Patty said...

a little paste made with activated charcoal will take the itch or sting out of most bug bites too

Julieann said...

I remember my grandmother putting the meat tenderizer on my bites when I was little. Here in Cali though, we really don't get bit at all.

When I was in Georgia, just walking to my car from the front door, I would get bit all over.

Happy Thurday.


Granny Sue said...

Good stuff! You mentioned many I know, and many new ideas. Thanks! I think I need to print this list and put it on the fridge.

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