bug bites, itching...here's help!

it's just about that time of year...along with the fourth of july comes bug mosquito and bug bite time. I got this wonderful trick from my friend Karen who lives in switzerland, she happened to use it today so we know it works!

summer = bug bites

The perfect and natural cure to an irritating bug bite is onion. As
soon as possible after the bite, apply raw onion for 10 minutes. It
draws out the poison and leaves you with little to no itching. I find
it particularly effective for red ant bites which usually swell up,
spread and can leave you scratching for more than a week.
Try it!

around our parts in Rhode Island we get mosquitoes, and however you try to stop them there are always a few itches that drive you crazy...we have found that Bach rescue remedy cream (just a little dab) will take the itch away. I know it's not made for this but it happens to work...I use Bach rescue remedy for so many things and it's really helpful (...sunburn!).

write in comments about your favorite bug-bite remedy!


Leigh said...

i have no tips, but the onion idea is fascinating! who knew?

Mariah@Playful Learning said...

We have had good luck with "Stingzzz" by Herbs for Kids.

It sounds like Bach rescue remedy cream is a great item for the first aid kit!

:: juinlily :: said...

So you probably shouldn't eat the onion afterward. lol

fliss said...

We too use the bach remedies & love them. I am going to try the raw onion...do you think it would work on tick bites?

We use homeopathics (ledum and apis) when we all get a bite, i find this works well. Chickweed gel also helps!

Tyler said...

wow, an onion. the best info. i've heard in a while. mosquitoes seem to love us and i've never found a great remedy (for prevention or itch). thanks so much for the timely tips.

i know the 'cutter' brand makes a natural repellent, no deet.

Karen said...

Burt's Bee Res-Q ointment is great for bug bites and all sorts of scrapes. It's in a convenient tin, so I always have one in my purse for my daughter, but mostly me ; )

madmommy said...

It's not really an after-bite solution, but in the Army we used stuff called "Chig-Away" meant to keep off chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes. I wish I could find it again!

Meaghan said...

The onion is a terrific idea! We usually use Quantum Sting Soothe, which is an all natural remedy full of great stuff like tea tree oil, citronella and peppermint oil. We'll have to try the onion too!

DesignistDream said...

toothpaste! the menthol helps cool the area which brings down the itching. i find blowing on it gently helps activate the cooling part quicker. plus you always have it with you if you're not at home.

Robin said...

This may be entirely psychosomatic (which is good enough for me), but I find that rubbing leaves from our lemon thyme plant keeps my mosquito bites from getting itchy. Plus it smells really good!

ana ventura said...

wow! Thanks so much for sharing that nice idea.