8 Natural Cures for Mosquito Bites and Insect Stings

8 Natural Cures for Mosquito Bites and Insect Stings
8 Natural Cures for Mosquito Bites and Insect Stings
One of the great annoyances in our family is when a family member has a minor allergic reaction to a mosquito or other insect bite/sting.  We have tried baking soda and meat tenderizer with no real success in the past, as well as all the anti-itch creams/sprays. 

Last night I woke up with the lovely mosquito itch on my ankle. I tried to ignore it, as we all know once you start scratching it, the itch does not stop. Think, think, and think on other things. C’mon, mind over matter. And then when I could take it no more…oh the sweet temporary relief of scratching my itch (for all of ten seconds).

Finally after tossing and turning trying to fall back to sleep without scratching more, I gave up. But I have been studying herbalism this last year, in a more intense manner than previously. I am determined to grow and make most of our own organic medicine after some serious health issues and prescription pharmaceuticals causing more harm than doing good in too many cases (some of them are a blessing, but most I view as a curse).
Basil Leaves stop Mosquito bite itch
Basil Leaves stop Mosquito bite itch

I got up and grabbed a basil leaf. Crushed it between my fingers and placed in on the mosquito bite.  What happened next shocked me. Wait for it…wait for it, actually there was no waiting. It was instant relief, no swelling, and hours later I still have not felt any itch or pain whatsoever.  



So let me tell you what else supposedly will work in case you don’t have a fresh basil leaf on hand in your moment of distress:
  1. Lemon Balm
  2. Basil
  3. Plantain (the herbal plant, not bananas)
  4. Yellow Dock
  5. Tea tree oil diluted in a bit of ice water and then applied.
  6. Lavender essential oil can also work wonders.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water and applied with a cotton ball.
  8. Witch Hazel mixed with Baking Soda paste. 

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