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Natural mosquito bite remedies

Natural mosquito bite remedies

If you are bitten, follow this advice from James Duke, Ph.D., author of "The Green Pharmacy." Plantain (Plantago, various species) is one of the best herbs to treat bug bites.

You probably won't need to plant this home remedy because it is a very common weed, often growing in compacted soil along sidewalks and driveways. To use the plant as first aid for a mosquito bite, crush a few leaves and rub them on the bite.

Some anti-itch drugstore medicines to use include Calamine lotion or cortisone creams. Doctors generally recommend pain relievers, ice packs and meat tenderizer to treat insect bites and stings. Promptly applying a dab of commercial meat tenderizer directly to a sting can neutralize the allergen.

Also, you can try:

Use banana peel to take the itch out of mosquito bites. Just rub the pulpy inside surface of the peel on the bite.

Rub the bite with soap.

Apply an ice pack to the bite.

Mix baking soda with enough water to make a paste and apply to the bite.

Apply lavender and tea tree oils with a swab.

Rub a piece of freshly-cut onion on the bite.

A dab of toothpaste is soothing, too.

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2011-05-03 The plantain worked great, and I will continue using it, because it keeps the itch away for a long time. Just for advice, the biggest leaves work the best for the most bites. Thank you!
by Jayfeather- Medicine cat Calli
2008-06-30 A few minutes ago I put baking soda paste on my grandaughters mosquito bite ...it relieved it right away.
by Teen

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