Natural Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

During the mosquito season, you may have cause to worry about Zika, Dengue, Chikingunya, or the West Nile virus.  

Close up of a mosquito

Most mosquito bites won’t result in a deadly disease but every one of them is an uncomfortable irritation.

If your immune system is depressed. You may experience:

To be on the safe side, wash the bite with soap and water and apply a natural antiseptic. There are some listed below; use essential oils with a carrier oil.

  • Colloidal silver
  • Eucalyptus
  • Honey
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple enzymes
  • Tea tree oil
  • Vinegar

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system that will protect against the bite of an infected mosquito, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits,  quality protein, and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan. Some claim that what you eat determines how attractive your smell is to a mosquito.

FOODS AND SUBSTANCES THAT MAY REPEL MOSQUITOES

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chili peppers
  • Garlic and onions (you can rub onion on your skin as well as eat it)
  • Grapefruit and other citrus
  • Lemon Grass
  • Tomatoes
  • Vitamin B1. Some people swear by it but studies don’t bear it out. Side effects of oral thiamine can be hives and itching, which is just what you are trying to avoid.
  • Zinc supplements taken for a month before season may help.

FOODS THAT MAY ATTRACT MOSQUITOES

  • Beer
  • Potassium-rich foods (avocadoes, prunes, potatoes, etc.)
  • Salty foods
  • Sugar

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Witch Hazel

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Catnip oil
  • Cedar
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

EXERCISE

Heavy exercise makes you breathe more which may attract mosquitoes. It’s the carbon dioxide that draws them near. Also, they are attracted to movement and heat.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apply ice to the bite
  • Chilled solution of epsom salts in water, applied topically
  • Dab milk on the bite.
  • Diatomaceous Earth mixed with a little water to form a paste.  This stopped the itching within half an hour or so.  I can still see the hole in my arm, but the itching did not return.
  • Encourage bats on your property by keeping bat houses.
  • Make a mosquito repellent of vanilla and water.
  • Mink Oil.  For some, a little dab of mink oil on a fresh bite will permanently stop the itching within about 15-30 minutes.
  • Put a little vegetable oil on any standing water in your environment.
  • Rib an aspirin tablet on your moistened skin.
  • Rub orange or lemon peel on your skin to deter the bugs.
  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on a bite to stop itching.
  • Salt and water paste applied to the bite.
  • Soak a cloth in a glass of water with a small amount of dissolved baking soda and apply to the bite.
  • Soak in a salt water bath.
  • There are many natural repellents on the market that work well; those with Eucalyptus oil may last longest.
  • Wear light clothing when out at dawn and dusk.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

If you feel ill with fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes and or hives, please visit your doctor. The diseases that mosquitoes carry can be dangerous.

NOTES

  • Mosquitos are attracted to people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin.
  • Uric acid also is an attractant.

 

 

 

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