8 Natural Ways to Relieve and Heal Bug Bites

We’ve made our way into June, which means more pool days, more bonfires, more fishing, more fun. Unfortunately, it also means more mosquitoes and other bugs! We all know how annoying bug bites can be, so today we’re sharing some drug-free ideas for relief and healing, most of which you likely already have in your home!

If we get bug bites or stings this summer, we want to 1) soothe the itching or pain, 2) heal the bite or sting by reducing swelling and inflammation, and 3) protect the area from possible infection due to excessive itching or microbes carried by the bugs. The natural remedies on this list have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and calming or numbing properties to ensure no bugs slow you down this summer!

1.  Ice

Soothes | Heals

Ice reduces swelling to help the healing process and also alleviates itching and pain by numbing the area. Apply ice to the affected area for 10-20 minutes at a time, making sure to place a paper towel or washcloth in between the skin and ice.

2.  Honey

Heals | Protects

Honey is the most antimicrobial food out there, so putting a drop onto the bug bite can help protect from infection. Honey also has acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling.

3.  Oatmeal

Soothes | Heals

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Soak in a warm bath mixed with 1 cup of rolled oats or mix ground oats with water, forming a paste to rub onto the affected area.

4.  Calamine Lotion

Soothes | Protects

The zinc oxide in calamine lotion provides a cooling sensation at the skin level, helping to ease itching and pain. Calamine lotion is also a natural astringent. Astringents constrict and tighten skin cells, in this case limiting the ability for infectious bacteria to affect the area of the bug bite.

5.  Aloe Vera Gel

Soothes | Heals

Aloe vera is a summer staple for sunburn, and it can also help with bug bites! Rubbing the gel onto your bug bites can reduce inflammation and help calm itching or pain.

6.  Witch Hazel

Soothes | Heals | Protects

Witch hazel is another astringent that protects from infection. Witch hazel can also help to reduce inflammation and soothe any itching or pain.

7.  Thyme and Basil

Soothes | Heals | Protects

Basil contains a chemical compound called eugenol which has anti-ich and anti-inflammatory properties and thyme contains a chemical compound called thymol which is antimicrobial.

Rub these fresh, minced herbs onto your bug bites for relief and protection. You can also add dried thyme and basil to boiling water, remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature, then soak a washcloth in the mixture and rub onto the bites.

8.  Dr. Mac's Naturals Cooling Comfort Topical Pain Relief

Soothes | Heals

While our Cooling Comfort Topical Pain Relief is meant to help with sore muscles and joints, it can also help with bug bites! It’s formulated with menthol which numbs the area to relieve itching and pain, in addition to methyl salicylate which acts as an anti-inflammatory.

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