How to treat bug bites naturally

There is nothing worse than getting a bug bite from a mosquito, spider or some mysterious unseen creature. The itch and dry red bump that it leaves behind makes it worse.

The best thing you can do is to soothe the bite before it becomes unbearably itchy. There are more than one way to do this according to healthline.com:

Essential oils: Tea tree, lavender and coconut oils all have properties that can alleviate itching, pain, and swelling. Tea tree in particular is antibacterial and can help prevent infection from the scratching.

Honey: Althought this might put you in a ‘sticky’situation, honey is an excellent anti-inflammatory and can make the itching a little less tempting.

Toothpaste: A household must! The menthol ingredient in minty toothpastes creates a cooling sensation on your skin.

Tea bags: Don’t throw them away after your tea break, keep them. It will come in handy when you get bitten. Cool tea bags draw fluid out of a bite to reduce itching and swelling.

Read more tips on healthline.com:

 

WATCH: More ways to soothe a bite

 

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Lauren Beukes
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