Insect Bites – Prevention and Natural Treatments

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Insect Bites – Prevention and Natural Treatments

Unfortunately when the summer season arrives, so do those annoying biting insects! Here are a few tips to prevent being bitten by gnats/midges or mosquitoes this summer:

 If you have to venture outside at dawn or dusk, when they are most active, wear light coloured clothes, long sleeves and long trousers, a hat and socks.

 If you are planning an evening outdoors, be sure to take a shower to rinse off the sweat from the day. Components of sweat attract mosquitoes.

 The female mosquito, which is the one that bites, seem to love sugar, so avoid eating sugary foods in the 4-5 hours before your BBQ evening begins!

 During dawn or dusk avoid spending time near stagnant fresh water (bird baths, pet bowls, garden toys etc.) Fresh water is the essential breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 Ensure your vitamin B Complex status is healthy, supplement if necessary because thisgroup of nutrients make your skin less attractive to biting insects.

 Include garlic regularly in your diet, it repels biting insects.

 If you are planning on being in the open for an extended period, such as a camping trip, purchase a natural insect repellent (avoid the chemically laden ones as the long term health effects far outweigh the prevention of a few simple insect bites). Essential oils such as Citronella, Lemongrass, Cinnamon and Peppermint applied to the clothing help repel critters.

Here are a few tips to help treat insect bites:

 Tea bags of all kinds can help! Cooled, used tea bags from any of the following may be applied directly to the bite: Chamomile, black tea, Peppermint, Lemon & Ginger.

 Fresh herbs can be crushed and applied directly to the site of the bite: basil, peppermint, and Lavender.

 Some food can also help when applied to the affected area: cucumber, honey (especially Manuka), Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted 1 part ACV to 10 parts water).

 If you’re unfortunate enough to have bites all over, soak in a bathtub with either: 2-3 cupfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), OR 4 Tablespoons of baking soda.

 Using an ice pack (or pack of frozen peas) can help reduce swelling and pain associated with bites.

 Using heat can also help: dip a teaspoon in a cup of hot water and apply the back of the spoon to the affected area and press it against it for a few minutes (caution: ensure it is not too hot by touching it very lightly on your tongue first).

 Boots sell an electronic gadget called a Bite & Sting Relief which I am told greatly reduces the urge to itch!

Click here to read more good tips on how to look after your skin during the Summer Season