10 Home Remedies For Insect Bites and Stings
Bites and stings of insects are especially common. Mostly, the children who play in parks are most likely to get bit by an insect and usually have a mild effect.
Here are a few natural home remedies that can help you get over insect bites and stings.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural anti-inflammatory herb. It is an excellent natural remedy for insect bites and stings. It reduces swelling and irritation. It helps the bites and the stings to help the skin heal faster, meanwhile, calming the prickliness.
Grab a thick aloe leaf. Cut it and move its gel into a container. Chill it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes and gently rub it on the insect bite or sting. Apply again after a couple of hours. However, you can use aloe vera gel that is already available in the stores.
2. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is yet another brilliant home remedy for insect bites and stings. It only reduces inflammation and eases itchiness, but also lessens the probability of getting an infection.
Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and dab it on the affected area. It will sting while you apply it, in spite of that, it will give you relief and will heal the bite or the sting more swiftly.
3. Meat Tenderizing Powder
It may sound ridiculous, but meat tenderizer is an effective natural home remedy for insect bites and stings. It holds enzymes that counter insect’s venom. These enzymes ease inflammation.
In a tablespoon of meat tendering powder, add water to make a thick paste. Daub the insect bite or sting with the paste. Wait for at least an hour before washing it.
Use sugar and you will not be scarred by the insect bite or sting. It is one of the best undemanding home remedies for stings. Even when the insect bite or sting is healed, we are left with a scar. Sugar will make that vanish.
Dab water on the insect bite or sting with your forefinger. Then, cover that wet area with sugar. Leave it for a long time. Do not use this remedy overnight. Insects are attracted to sugar.
It is a quick and one of the most successful natural home remedies for insect bites and stings. Just like the toothpaste gets rid of the bacteria in our mouth, it forces the venom out of the bite or sting. When the venom is out, you no longer have to worry about the infection.
Smear a thick layer of toothpaste (not gel) on the sore. Let it stay for a couple of hours. Apply it again after waiting half an hour. Ensure that you wash the area thoroughly.
6. Baking Soda & Lotion
The combination of baking soda and lotion sounds weird. I know. But believe me when I say that you cannot find a more beneficial home remedy than this. We all know that baking soda cleanses and is anti-inflammatory. However, you need something to make it stay on the area that needs to be treated. There comes lotion for your aid. It keeps baking soda in place.
Form a thick paste using more baking soda and less lotion. Spread that paste on the bite or sting.
Let it stay there for a few hours. After you wash the paste, do not apply anything else for at least an hour. After an hour, you can reapply the paste.
Deodorants that are specifically made for underarms help you to heal insect bites and stings. Those deodorants contain ingredients that diminish irritation and soreness of the skin.
When you get bitten by a bug, spray underarm deodorant on it. It will not draw out the toxins, but will reduce the tenderness.
8. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil has the cooling effect that will calm the irritation and itchiness. It also improves the blood circulation that cleanse out the toxin from that area, hence accelerating the healing process.
Apply peppermint oil of the bug bite. Massage gently with your finger to increase the blood flow.
Papaya is also used as a meat tenderizer. Thus, it works the same way with the bug bites, too. It contains enzymes that break down the compounds that cause inflammation and counteracts the venom.
Cut a slice of a papaya. Make certain that it is not dried up, but it still moist to touch. Place that slice over the area bitten by the insect. When the slice is desiccated, replace it with a fresh one.
Even the doctors recommend aspirin for insect bites and stings. Aspirin eliminates all the toxins that are present in the sore. It lessens the inflammations and heals the area faster.
Crush a couple of generic tablets of aspirin either in a clean mortar and pestle or by any other way. Make a thick paste and apply on the affected area.