Hey! It’s summer, and I know you’re busy planning picnics and holidays. June to September is the perfect time to connect with nature and spend quality time outdoors. But guess what? There’s one tiny creature that can spoil the fun! No, I’m not talking about your toddler or your kids! I’m talking about the creature that takes the lives of millions of people every year. Yes, mosquitoes! Female mosquitoes inject their saliva into your skin to get blood for producing eggs. Despite using mosquito repellents, you may still find yourself a mosquito magnet. How can you protect yourself from them? In this blog, we discuss some simple and effective home remedies for mosquito bites that will offer relief in no time.

How Dangerous Are Mosquito Bites?

First, when a mosquito bites us, our immune system responds to mosquito saliva by producing histamines that cause itchy bumps within a few hours. But for people with sensitive skin, it doesn’t stop with bumps, they suffer from blisters, hives, and in rare cases anaphylaxis, a severe life-threatening allergic reaction. In such cases, seeking a doctor immediately is advisable.

Apart from these effects, they are also responsible for spreading various harmful diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Zika virus, Yellow fever, Chikungunya, Lymphatic filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, etc. Sadly, there is no cure for many of these illnesses, and only a few have vaccines to prevent them. So, now let us see how we can prevent ourselves from these bloodsuckers.

How to Prevent Yourself from Mosquito Bites?

Although avoiding mosquito bites can be very challenging, there are some precautions you can take to prevent them from biting.

  • Wearing clothing that covers the entire body
  • Closing of windows, doors and screens
  • Use mosquito netting wherever possible
  • Avoid standing water around your home and garden area
  • Apply repellent products that are OLE or PMD-free

20 Best Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

Turn around and look at your home, there are a lot of things available at home that can easily work as home remedies for mosquitos. Our solutions not only help you relieve pain but they are easy to use and are readily available at home.

8 Kitchen Items that Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching

Here are a few readily available kitchen items that can provide instant relief from itchy mosquito bites and swelling.

1. Honey

Honey

Everyone loves this amazing and delicious cooking ingredient and it’s a part of many home remedies due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have honey in your home, just take a small drop and apply it to the area where there is swelling and red spots. Its properties can provide relief to minor inflammations.

Note: Bear in mind to wash your hands after applying honey to the skin. This is because its stickiness may cause discomfort if you rub your hands accidentally on hair or any part of your body.

2. Lemon 

Lemon

Nutrients in lemons can help support your cardiovascular health and protect against kidney stones and anemia. And it’s not surprising that they can also be used as a remedy for mosquito bites. Do you have lemons in your fridge? Then just grab one and follow our remedy. Cut the lemon into small pieces and gently rub the lemon on the affected area to reduce itching. But this remedy only works if the bite site is not already scratched. One more thing, stay indoors when you try this remedy because going out in the sun can cause sunburn and skin irritation due to the citric acid present in the lemon juice

Note: Those who have sensitive skin or prior wounds in that area can skip this remedy.

3. Tea Bags

Tea Bags

If you are a tea lover, I’m sure you’d have some tea bags in your kitchen. Take a few of them along when you are traveling because they can work as a quick remedy to treat mosquito bites. Apply cold tea bags (don’t forget to refrigerate them) on the affected area for instant relief.

Bonus Tips: This cold tea bag compress under the eyes can treat puffiness and dark circles. If you are a night owl, you can use this remedy.

4. Garlic

Garlic

This culinary ingredient has been used for centuries and is available in everyone’s home. It has many medicinal properties that improve the immune system, prevent diseases, and maintain good health. It also serves as an excellent remedy for insect bites. Applying garlic directly to the skin can cause skin irritation, so crush the garlic and dilute it with coconut oil to form a paste. Apply this paste on the bite to reduce the itchiness caused by mosquitos. 

Note: Don’t forget to wash them after 10 minutes as they smell piquant.

5. Sea Salt

Sea Salt

Salt is one of the most important kitchen ingredients in the world. Before the invention of refrigeration, salt was used to preserve food for long periods. They were also used as a remedy for reducing skin dryness and inflammation. The National Eczema Foundation recommends adding 1 cup of salt to bath water to relieve skin irritation. Hence I recommend a salt water bath for mosquito bites. Mix a little salt with warm water to wash the area of the mosquito bite. This will reduce itching and swelling. 

Note: Make sure it does not come into contact with your sensitive areas like eyes.

6. Oatmeal Paste

Oatmeal Paste

Oats are a good source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds. They are also used as an exfoliant to remove dirt and dead skin cells, and they moisturize and reduce inflammation. So, it can not only be used as a beauty remedy but is also beneficial for pesky mosquito bites as it has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Just take a few oats and grind them with water to form a paste. Apply this paste directly on the skin to reduce itchiness and irritation from mosquito bites.

7. Milk

Milk

Milk is one of the main ingredients in skin and hair care products. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and itching. Fresh milk is very effective for mosquito bites. First, gently clean the affected area with soap and water. Then dip a cotton ball in milk and apply it to the bite. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. This solution is used to treat insect bites in children as well. You can also pour milk into an ice cube tray, keep it in the fridge for a few minutes, and place the milk cubes on the affected area.

8. Baking Soda Paste

Baking Soda Paste

You might have used baking soda for removing oil stains from the kitchen, whitening laundry, and so on. Have you used them to cure mosquito bites? Mix some baking soda with water and apply it to the affected spot. Leave for 10 minutes and then wash off. If you suffer from allergies and many red spots and itching on the body, you can mix 200 to 400 grams of baking soda in warm water in the bathtub. Soak in the tub for up to 10 minutes and shower as usual. You may feel better after this remedy.

Treat Your Mosquito Bites with the Household Essentials

Want some more tips? Don’t worry we aren’t done with the bathroom essentials yet! Your soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste not only take care of your hygiene but they work as quick remedies for mosquito bites.

9. A Bar of Soap

A Bar of Soap

As they are part of your daily routine, you will not experience any discomfort in using them as a remedy. Go to your bathroom take soap to create a lather on your palms and wash the affected area to stop your itching. While this may seem like a simple solution, the CDC recommends it. 

Note: White or colorless soaps are effective for this problem.

10. Tooth Paste

Tooth Paste

The next product in your daily routine is toothpaste. Toothpaste is an effective disinfectant, antimicrobial, and antiseptic, which means it effectively fights against bacteria and infections. It is used not only for oral hygiene but also as a remedy for various skin problems. Since mosquito bite causes itchy red bumps, I recommend you to use toothpaste as a remedy. Take your toothpaste and squeeze some paste on your finger. Apply it directly on the affected areas where you experience itching and painful swelling. You can wash them off once your irritation subsides. 

11. Vapor Rub

Vapor Rub

Vapor rubs are topical medicines used on our throat and chest during colds and coughs. But apart from this, it can also help with foot pain, cracked heels, and toenail fungus. It contains menthol, camphor, and thymol which are effective against infection. Apply vapor rub on the infected skin to create a cooking sensation. The itching will reduce and you can feel normal after a few minutes. 

Note: Do not use this remedy on children under 2 years of age. Because their skin is very sensitive and delicate.

12. Ice Pack

Ice Pack

Do not tell me you don’t have ice cubes at home this summer! Ice packs, ice cubes, or anything cold for that matter are effective in treating injuries and inflammation. Go to your refrigerator and grab an ice pack or an ice cube. Wrap it in a towel or cloth, and gently tap the affected area. Try this until you get relief from your itchy bumps and swelling.

Bonus Tips: Placing four or five ice cubes on a soft cotton cloth and massaging the face in circular motions reduces oiliness and signs of aging such as wrinkles and gives a healthy glow to the skin. Follow this inexpensive and easy-to-do ice facial for healthy and glowing skin.

13. Apply Heat

Apply Heat

Don’t want to use cold packs? Try a hot pack instead. A warm compress can neutralize the pain and calm down allergic reactions. Soak a washcloth in warm water for a few minutes, wring it, and apply it to the affected area. You can also place the spoon in the hot water for a few minutes, take it out, and place it on the mosquito bite. 

Note: This remedy is only temporary, you may experience itching once the heat is removed. 

Use Essential Oils to Treat Mosquito Bites

You may use any of the essential oils to cure the pain. They are easily available in the stores and you can carry them along to a picnic.

14. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Oil

In recent years, eucalyptus oil has been found in many cold and cough medicines, creams, and ointments for joint and muscle pain. As this oil contains some analgesic properties, it can also be used to relieve the pain and itchiness caused by insect bites and protect the body against infection. Considering its benefits, I add this oil to my remedy list. You can dilute 2 or 3 drops of eucalyptus oil with some carrier oil. Then apply the oil on the affected area and wash it off after 15 minutes for better results.

Note: Children under 2 years of age and people with asthma, liver, and kidney disease should not use eucalyptus oil without consulting the doctor.

15. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from their leaves by steam distillation method. The native people of Australia have used tea tree oil as an antiseptic and herbal medicine. Today, the oil is used for various conditions such as acne, fungal infections on the skin and nails, insect bites, etc. I suggest this oil if your skin is inflamed due to an insect bite as tea tree oil prevents inflammation. Since this oil is very strong, you can dilute it with any other available oil such as coconut oil or olive oil, and apply it on the affected area. 

Bonus Tips: Rubbing diluted tea tree oil on your hands and legs can keep mosquitoes from coming near you, as mosquitoes don’t like the smell of this oil.

16. Neem Oil

Neem Oil

Neem oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree. It is used in various products such as beauty, cosmetics, pesticides, and insect repellents due to its antiseptic, antifungal, antipyretic, and antihistaminic properties. Neem oil is my least preference for the smell. Apply diluted oil on the affected area and leave it overnight for relief.

Note: It is an excellent choice for use as a mosquito repellent. You can mix neem oil with coconut oil and apply it all over the skin. This can repel mosquitoes for up to 12 hours.

Remedies around Your Home

Those were some really quick remedies to use instantly from the things that are already available. Read further to prepare gels, creams, and lotions to fight mosquitoes.

17. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel

Do you grow aloe vera in your garden? Take some Aloe vera and peel the skin to extract the gel. Wash it several times and grind it to extract the juice. Refrigerate the juice and apply it to the skin. They are natural antiseptic and can also treat sunburn.

Note: Do not try a ready-made aloe vera gel for this remedy, it will not work.

18. Basil Leaves

Basil Leaves

The Basil leaves have a spicy flavor which makes them a compulsory ingredient in pasta sauces, salads, and soups. It is also a popular ingredient in many traditional medicinal systems. To prepare this remedy, collect some basil leaves from the plant and wash them. Now grind the leaves with ice and make a paste. Apply this paste to the bite. This remedy instantly cools the irritation and provides immediate relief from the itchiness.

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19. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Though apple cider vinegar has several health benefits, it cannot be applied directly on the skin due to its acidic nature. To dilute it mix 1 part of ACV with 5 parts of water. You can use warm water during this remedy. Just pour the diluted ACV on the affected area and wash it. If you suffer from multiple mosquito bites, a warm bath with diluted ACV in the bathtub works wonders against multiple itchy and inflammation in your body.

20. Banana Peel

Banana Peel

I believe in “wealth out of waste.” Do you know banana peel can cure skin irritation and redness caused by mosquitoes? Yes, take a banana peel, rub the flesh side of the skin on the infected area, and feel the magic yourself.

Soothe Your Itch Naturally

Remember, sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective. Hereafter, no more suffering in silence from mosquito bites. The next time the mosquito makes you its target, reach for these household heroes and take back your peaceful summer nights.

Note: Note: The above-listed home remedies for mosquito bites are effective and cheap alternatives to treat minor itches, bumps, and inflammation. If the condition worsens, talk to your healthcare provider immediately.