In summer, flowers bloom, birds sing and bugs bite more than in any other season. Not just that, but the sun is not especially merciful to the skin either.
So, if you’re looking for easy home remedies for soothing the skin after bug bites, or sunburn, you came to the right place.
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite
If you went summer camping, then mosquitoes are your number one problem. If you become their victim, here is how to treat mosquito bites.
- Make an oatmeal paste. All you have to do is mix oatmeal with water and you will get your paste for mosquito treatment. Oatmeal has a very soothing effect on the skin, it cools inflammation and soothes itching. Keep it on the problematic spot for about ten minutes, and then rinse.
- Rub basil. Boil a cup of water and add dried basil leaves. After it cools down, dab the mixture with a soft piece of cloth and gently rub the problematic spot.
- Apply crushed ice. Cold temperatures reduce inflammation and numb the itchy skin. Just make sure not to keep it for too long, as it can cause some damage, too. Don’t place the ice directly on your skin, as it can irritate it even more. Put a barrier between them, like a washcloth, or a plastic bag.
- Apply honey. If you didn’t know, honey is nature’s most valuable gift. Not only it is sweet and full of nutrients, but also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A drop in an itchy bite will bring all the relief you need.
- Use baking soda. The sodium bicarbonate in baking soda is often used as a mosquito bite remedy. Just make a paste, by mixing some with water and apply on the bite for about 10 minutes, just like with the oatmeal paste.
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away
The best way to deal with mosquito bites and not get bitten at all. Of course, that would be hard considering you’re a mosquito’s favorite dish. You can always use store bought sprays and insect repellents, but if you’re not a fan of those, you can always make a mosquito repellent incense.
- Choose some of the following herbs: basil, bay leaves, cedar, citronella, eucalyptus, garlic, lavender, lemongrass, mint, rosemary, thyme. Mosquitoes hate all of them. You can either get them in the form of dried leaves, or essential oils.
- Grind the herbs together. If you got all in the form of herbs, grind them all together. Do not use your hands, as some of those may cause irritation to your skin.
- Let it all dry.
- Light a fire. If you’re outside (and you’re probably outside, why else do you want to make a mosquito incense), find a safe spot to light a small fire.
- Throw the mixture over the coal. Once you can catch the smell with your nose, you can be sure it’s working. The mosquitoes won’t dare to come near you.
How to Treat a Wasp/Bee/Hornet Stings
Bees, wasps, and hornets can get very aggressive in summer and their stings are not a small matter. Here is how to treat yourself.
- Remove the sting. If the sting is still in your skin, hurry up to remove it. You can use tweezers or your fingernail. Just make sure not to pinch it, as it might shoot more venom into you.
- Apply a remedy. You can put some crushed ice in a washcloth or a plastic bag and place on the stung area. Also, you can mix water and baking soda and apply the paste for about 10 minutes on the stung area. Another good idea is applying some apple cider vinegar on a cotton dab and rub gently on the problematic spot. Or just add a drop or two of honey.
How to Keep Bees/Hornets/Wasps Away
It’s a lot better to simply keep away from stinging bugs, and that might be quite the challenge in summer. Here are a few tricks you can do.
Don’t wear yellow clothes
It might sound strange, but wasps and hornet seem to be very attracted by the colour yellow.
Install a fake wasp nest
Wasps and hornets are very territorial, they would never create their own nest in the area of another colony. And, the farther the nest, the farther the wasps.
Smells stinging bugs don’t like
Just like mosquitoes, you can lure stinging bugs away, by presenting smells like eucalyptus, mint, and wormwood.
How to Treat a Sunburn
Since you already dealt with all the bugs, it’s time to cure your skin of your other enemy – the sun. After a sunburn, here are the following remedies you can apply to your skin:
- Cool water;
- Tea bags.
And, of course, the best way to protect your skin is not to get a sunburn in the first place. There are many recipes you can find online about a homemade sunscreen, however, in this case, we would advise our readers to rely more on store-bought products.
The sun is not an easy enemy and to keep your skin protected, you need at least SPF 30 sun lotion and this is something only a commercial supplier can guarantee. Keep your skin protected and don’t forget to drink lots of water.
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