I love almost everything about warm weather, but I am really starting to love the fact that summer is almost over. This summer in the Midwest has been especially bad for Mosquitos and every time I spend a little bit of time outdoors in the evenings I seem to find myself with several mosquito bites. I hate mosquito bites and there have been several times that I wake up in the middle of the night from the crazy itching that goes along with these ugly, red, dots.
However, I’ve been fortunate enough to find several DIY remedies that actually work to relieve itching and help get rid of those pesky little spots faster than doing nothing.
If you find yourself with irritating mosquito bites, try out some of these remedies to find relief.
Wash the Affected Area
The best thing you can do as soon as you notice you’ve been bitten is to wash the area with warm, soapy water. When a mosquito bites, it leaves behind saliva which is what causes your body to produce histamine and cause the itching reaction. By washing the affected area, you can help remove the saliva of the mosquito from the surface of the skin which may help reduce the pain, swelling, redness, and most importantly the itchiness!
Once you’ve done that, try one of the following options:
Coconut and Essential Oils
This is my favorite DIY remedy because it’s effective and it smells the best. It’s easy to make and it is very effective. I notice that it lasts for at least 3 hours and my mosquito bites are typically non-existent within 3 days.
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (you can substitute olive or almond oil)
15-20 drops of Lavender Oil
5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
Dip a cotton ball in the combined mixture and then apply to the bite.
This one is super easy and you can eat a snack while doing it (the banana). All you need is a ripe banana. Take the inside part of the banana peel and rub it on the bites. This one is pretty effective for me, but I find the relief typically only lasts for 1-2 hours.
Epsom Salt Bath with Peppermint Essential Oil
If you have some time and also want to relax, this option feels amazing! Fill a tub full with warm water and dump a cup of Epsom Salts underneath running water into the tub. Next add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. A few drops goes a long way, so maybe just start with 3-5 and then add more if you wish once you’re in the tub. You can also add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil as well. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes. You’ll get a nice tingly cool feeling from the peppermint and the warm water and Epsom Salt will also help relieve pain and itchiness from the bites. This is one if my favorite options as long as you have some time.
Vick’s Vapor Rub
Honestly this one was the most effective for me, giving me at least 4 hours of relief from itching. But it’s not my favorite since it requires using a commercially produced product. This one is great if you don’t have essential oils, but if you do you could try mixing a drop of peppermint oil with coconut oil for a similar effect. Vick’s is super convenient as many people have this in their medicine cabinet. The main downside with this option is that obviously the smell is really strong so it may not be the most appealing thing to wear. All you have to do is rub the Vapor Rub on the bites and enjoy the relief.