Late summer is filled with late nights and outdoor fun. Unfortunately, along with that fun comes summer bugs and bites and stings. If you don’t want to use chemical-based treatments for bug bites, you don’t have to suffer. The following prepper-created natural treatments for bug bites are effective at controlling the pain and swelling of minor bug bites and stings.
Bee / Wasp / Hornet Stings
Remove the stinger: Remove the stinger as soon as possible. If you can’t get it out with your fingers or tweezers, apply a small piece of tape over the stinger and gentle pull it out of the skin.
Relieve the pain: Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the sting for about five minutes. You can also soothe the area with lavender or tea tree oil to relieve itching.
Try concentrated heat: A German study from 2011 found that applying warm heat to a sting immediately after the stinging helps relives pain and swelling. A warm spoon or heat compress will do the trick.
Apply baking soda: Baking soda can work to remove some of the venom from under the skin. Make a paste of baking soda and water and hold it in place with a band aid.
We treat our mosquito bites with essential oils. One day, we tested various oils on mosquito bites after a night out. This is what we thought of the oils we tested:
- Lavender- most effective but a really strong scent
- Peppermint- didn’t fully stop the itch for us, but we liked the smell
- Tea tree oil- we didn’t like the smell at all, but it did seem to soothe the bites
Other remedies to try if you don’t have any of the above essential oils are citrus juice, raw honey, aloe vera, or chamomile.
Learn more: The Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipes
Spider bites typically have two puncture wounds right next to each other rather than a single bite or sting mark.
Find the spider: Find the spider and make sure it isn’t poisonous. If it is, go to an emergency clinic right away.
Treat the pain: Use any of the above remedies to fight swelling, itchiness, and pain.
Remove venom: Try applying an antibacterial product such as garlic, basil, or tea tree oil to the spider bite. Allow the product to sit on the bite overnight to relieve pain and prevent infection.
Learn more: 5 Homeopathic Remedies Every Home Should Own
Fight Bug Bites and Stings the Prepper Way
When you have a stockpile of home remedies like most preppers, you are prepared for summer bug stings and bites. What natural remedies for treating bug bites do you use?
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