How can we Heal Insect Bites Naturally  : 10 Quick-acting Home Remedies for Bug Bites

An insect bite is something we’ve all experienced atleast once or more in our lifetimes. It may seem like it is not such a big threat to bystanders but the pain, the swelling, all the itching and the anxiety that it could turn into something more serious is definitely not easy to deal with. In the case of some people who have really sensitive skin, the insect bites leave a much larger reaction sometimes needing meds to calm it down.

What we can do to immediately handle an insect bite, whether it is small or large, is to attend to it with some quick home remedies to calm the reaction of our body to it. These home remedies are sometimes all the cure that you will need to handle them.

What are these home remedies for insect bites and how can we find and use them? It turns out that most of these simple remedies such as onions and apple cider vinegar are found right in our kitchens and are super-simple to use. Here’s a list of some such commonly used natural cures for insect bites.

What Happens When Insects Bite Us?

Most of the insects that bite us start off by piercing our skin and injecting some substances into it. They then suck the blood off the vessels. When this substance that they secrete reaches our blood, our immune system gets active and causes these reactions in the form of what we call ‘allergy’.

  • Redness
  • Swelling in the area of the bite
  • An itching sensation
  • Pain

And sometimes, these reactions are out of bounds and very fast. This will depend on the individual immune system and how their skin reacts to it.

10 Natural Remedies for Insect Bites:

Most of these simple kitchen ingredients can be of help in calming down the immune system and this is because of their anti-inflammatory nature – their ability to calm the reaction of the body to the bite of the insect. These remedies seldom have an side effects and are very simple to use, as we’ve shown you here.  Go on and ahead and give them a try to heal your insect bites.

Onion juice for insect bites

Onion juice is often a quick and simple home remedy for insect bites because of its anti-inflammatory properties – because of which the pain and the inflammation of the skin around the insect bite area are reduced by a large extent. Along with that, onion juice is also known to absorb the insect juices that are injected into our blood out of the skin.

The astringency keeps the skin from getting infected too. Onion often leaves no side effects upon use and can be used in some really simple means, two of which we show you here.

Using the onion slices:

  • Peel the skin off an onion and cut it into two halves.
  • Rub the juicy half against the skin that has been bitten by the insect and the area around it.
  • Leave the juice on the skin for a while and wash it off in about 20 minutes when the irritation goes down.

Using onion juice:

  • Peel off onion skin and grind the onions into a paste.
  • When you strain the juice out of this paste, you can then use the juice for healing the insect bite.
  • Using a cotton pad, apply this onion juice over the insect bite area and the skin around it.
  • Leave it on for about half an hour and then wash it off.

Aloe vera for insect bites

Aloe vera is one of the simplest and the most effective cures that you can find for healing insect bites. It can remove pain and swelling, including any allergies by acting on the immune system. The gel is also a good hydrating agent which can be quite soothing for the skin when applied.

One of the perks of using aloe vera is that, it is very safe for the skin and can have no allergies or side effects at all, unless you are particularly allergic to it. Here’s a simple demonstration in which you can use aloe gel for insect bites.

  • Take some pure, unadulterated aloe gel and apply it over the insect bite and the skin around it.
  • Rub it gently for a while and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off after you are done.

Apple cider vinegar for insect bites

Apple cider vinegar can also be a great remedy for the insect bites for all the healing properties that it has got. There can be a slight burning sensation because of the astringency which is why we use a diluted version of it. Apple cider vinegar can work against any possible allergy, swelling and redness that usually come with an insect bite.

It can also act as a powerful disinfectant due to its anti microbial nature. Here’s a simple means in which you can use ACV for your insect bites.

  • Take some ACV (a few spoons) and dilute it by adding the same amount of water (to 50%).
  • Using a cotton dab, gently apply it over the skin which was bitten.
  • Leave it on the skin for a while (until the pain goes away) and wash it off.

Tea tree oil for insect bites

Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory oils. This makes it work against allergies and reactions that come with insect bites really well. The pain and redness along with the swelling can all be removed with the help of tea tree oil. It can also be very healing to the skin that was bitten and helps it heal much quicker.

Although tea tree oil is kind of strong for the skin, we can use it directly for insect bites for the efficacy that comes with the undiluted version of it. Here’s a way in which you can use it for your insect bite afflicted skin.

  • Take some tea tree oil onto a cotton pad.
  • Rub it gently over and around the area which was bitten.
  • Massage it with your fingers for a while.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes or so and wash it off when the pain goes away.

Toothpaste for insect bites

Toothpaste has surprisingly been one of the most used remedies in the case of insect bites, mosquito bites, bee stings and such. This is majorly because of its alkaline nature and possibly because of the menthol that is present in it which acts as a soothing, pain relieving agent. The inflammation and the redness also tend to go away.

Most of the time, toothpaste cannot cause any allergies or irritation and can be quite a bit healing. Here’s how you can use this remedy in the most simple means.

  • Take some toothpaste onto your fingers.
  • Rub it over the insect bite and the skin around it.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off.

Peppermint oil for insect bites

Peppermint oil is yet another one of the commonly used essential oils for insect bites because of its string astringency and anti-inflammatory nature. It can remove pain, inflammation and redness in the insect-bitten area.  It can also act as a powerful anti-microbial agent eliminating any possible infection that is caused in the area.

We get peppermint oil in most drug stores and it is easy to use as well. Here’s a simple step-by-step demonstration of the same.

  • Take a few drops of peppermint essential oil onto a cotton dab.
  • Rub it against your insect-bitten skin and around it.
  • Massage for a few minutes so that the oil seeps in.
  • You can leave it on overnight or wipe it off in a few minutes when the pain goes away.

Basil for insect bites

Basil is a medicinal herb that is abundant in many useful compounds such as Camphor and Thymol which are both great anti-inflammatory agents. They reduce the pain and the inflammation that is caused when an insect bites our skin. Along with that, Basil also helps in fighting any possible infection that could be caused by the bite.

Basil leaves are used as a cooking condiment and hence, they are widely available. There is also Basil essential oil which you can use for your insect bites. Here’s how you can use Basil either ways.

Using Basil leaves:

  • Take some fresh Basil leaves and make a paste out of them.
  • Apply this paste over the skin that has been bitten by an insect and rub it over on the skin gently.
  • Leave it on for a while and wash it off once you are done.

Using Basil essential oil:

  • We have Basil essential oil available off late which can be of great use and of much greater potency than any other forms of Basil
  • Take a few drops of Basil essential oil and drop them onto a cotton pad.
  • Rub it gently over the insect bitten area on your skin.
  • Leave it on for a while (leaving it on overnight is a good way to do it) and then wash it off.

Witch Hazel for insect bites

Witch Hazel, an ancient herb that is commonly used for insect bites is yet another highly effective herbal remedy that you can count on. The herb has got the property to tighten skin pores so that the venom that comes out from the insect does not spread out into the skin.

Along with that, it is of good anti-inflammatory nature which means that it can remove your pain, swelling and redness when we use it right on the insect bites. The Witch Hazel serum is widely available off late and this can directly be used on the skin. If we use the herb, however, here’s a means in which you can do that.

  • Take some water and bring it to boil.
  • Add pure, unadulterated Witch Hazel herb to it and continue with the boiling.
  • Strain the water as it changes colour and cool it down.
  • You can use it once it comes down to room temperatures.

Neem  for insect bites

We have heard of the extremely potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal action of Neem but it isn’t just these qualities that are of help during insect bites – Neem is also great for lowering pain and inflammation and these additional qualities make it one of the best choices for insect bites.

All you need, for using the magic remedy of neem on your insect bites is a few leaves of neem. Since neem essential oil is widely available off late as well, we can use that as well instead. Here’s how you can use both of these.

Using Neem leaves:

  • Pluck some fresh Neem leaves and make a paste out of them.
  • As the paste gets consistent and thick, apply it over your insect bitten skin.
  • Leave it on for a while on your skin (about 20 minutes or so) and then wipe and wash it off.

Using Neem essential oil :

  • Take a few drops of the Neem essential oil onto a cotton pad.
  • Rub it gently over the area on your skin where the insect has bitten.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes (or overnight) and wash it off.

Oatmeal for insect bites

Oatmeal may seem like an unusual remedy for treating insect bites but it has been widely used for such allergies caused by insect bites and others. This is because of their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which hasten up the whole healing process. In addition to that, the oatmeal is soft in texture and this lessens the pain and irritation by a great deal moisturizing the skin.

Oatmeal is quite safe for use, while also being extremely nutritious for the rejuvenation and health of it. Here’s how you make your oatmeal for the insect bites on your skin – much like your breakfast.

  • Take some oatmeal and mix it with water so that it becomes a soft, sticky mass.
  • Apply this over the skin on which the insect has bitten and leave it on for a while.
  • After about half an hour when the pain and the swelling has subsided, wipe it off and wash your skin clean.

Since most of these remedies are of natural sources, they don’t have any allergic reactions or side effects. However, if you are particularly allergic to them, you should stop using them as soon as there is any reaction or additional irritation and consult an expert before you continue with the use.

Additional tips to take care of your skin during insect bites:

  • First off, don’t panic. Insect bites are harmless and go away in a few hours if not a few days.
  • If it gets worse with time, you should definitely consult an expert.
  • Don’t scratch the bite no matter how itchy it is. It can only spoil your skin and make the situation worse by sometimes leading to bleeding.
  • Don’t tie a gauze cloth or any tight binding to the bite area. Leave it free and let the skin breathe.
  • Wear clothes that don’t cause discomfort or rub against the bite area.
  • Using too many remedies will not be of much help. Use just one remedy at a time to see which works and how it works.

With little care and sometimes none at all, insect bites go away with much ease. If you need treatment however, go ahead with it as per your physician’s suggestions. Most of the time, they go away with simple home remedies. Let us and our readers know how these remedies listed out above have helped you out in dealing with insect bites!

Sources:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92761/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/why-mosquito-bites-itch#do-not-use

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