Getting bitten by mosquitoes is no picnic. In fact, we all know it’s downright irritating. But what makes it worse is that the bites often leave scars – dark spots that are entirely too visible for anyone’s liking. Now, there are quite a number of commercial products that one can buy in order to get rid of unsightly discolorations but who needs those when you can do it the natural way?
Before we discuss the best natural ways to say goodbye to those ugly mosquito bites, below are some natural remedies you can use to ease the itch and swelling. Preventing yourself from scratching the bite is very important because scratching can cause infection and more skin trauma which leads to dark spots on your skin (a.k.a. hyperpigmentation).
Natural Remedies for Itchy Mosquito Bites:
- Putting ice wrapped with a paper towel on the bite will reduce itchiness and stop any swelling.
- Applying essential oils such as lavender oil or tea tree oil can also prevent the bite from itching and swelling.
- A few drops of apple cider vinegar or honey can also stop the itch.
- Placing tea bags on your bites will reduce swelling.
- Soaking your bites in baking soda dissolved in warm water for 30 minutes will also relieve the itchiness.
- Aloe vera is not only soothing to your skin but it also gives you relief from the itchiness and stops the swelling.
So, are you ready now to find out what you can do to get rid of the dark spots from mosquito bites?
Number five: Vitamin E Oil
We all know that Vitamin E has a lot of health benefits, mostly because it is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are responsible for eliminating free radicals that cause damage to our cells. In this case, Vitamin E protects our skin and repairs any damage done to the skin cells causing dry skin, wrinkles, scars, and more. It can help heal wounds caused by burns and prevent skin cancer. It is used to moisturize the skin as well as keeping your skin tight and firm. You can also use vitamin E to get rid of unsightly scars and skin discolorations.
How it Works
Vitamin E oil, when applied to a mosquito bite, will help lessen the redness as well as increase your the regenerative properties of your skin which speeds up healing. When applied to the scar of a mosquito bite, vitamin E will hydrate your skin cells. This helps you easily remove the dead cells on your skin because it’s much softer now. In addition, this powerful antioxidant will repair your scar tissue which causes the dark spot to fade.
How to Apply
Using a few drops of vitamin E oil, gently massage it on your skin for 2-3 minutes. You can apply it at bedtime and leave it on for the entire night. You can also opt to apply it twice a day – once for the entire day and the other for the entire night.
Number four: Aloe Vera
Aloe is very good in treating various diseases and skin conditions and mosquito bites are no different from them. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and it can be used both to deal with itchiness and redness and to cleanse the bite. What is good about aloe is that in general it does not have side effects and can be used by everyone.
How to Apply
You can cleanse the bite by applying some aloe gel on it. And in case of itchiness and redness of the bite, if you have fresh or stashed in the fridge, take a bit of aloe and swoop it over the bite. It will soothe your skin almost instantly.
Number three: Lemon
We all have some lemons in the house all the time. So in case of a mosquito bite, they will be the ones that will come in handy. Citrus in general are fruits that are anti-itch, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Thus the use in this case. You can use limes, lemons and even oranges.
How to apply
As this is a fruit that reacts to the sunrays, make sure when you apply it that you are inside if you do not want to get a blistering reaction. All you have to do is to squeeze some lemon juice on the bite. You can also rub the peel of the citrus on the bite, this is good as well.
Number two: Honey
While it is a natural sweetener, it is also good for various health issues. It is anti-inflammatory and has anti-bacterial properties. Thus, it is very good in easing the itchy bites.
How to apply
It is better used raw and applied directly on the bite. However, you can also use natural lotions and balms that contain honey and apply on the bite. It will sooth the itching and the inflammation.
Number one: Basil
You can find basil in any natural products store. You can buy it natural or dried. Natural is far better as it has more healing properties. It contains camphor and thymol, two combinations that are important in relieving itching.
How to use
This herb is best used natural. Take some leaves, wash them thoroughly and crush them. Apply the result on the bites and it will work like a charm. You can also buy essential oils and apply them on the skin. If you want to make sure you have something in the house just in case, buying some oil to use whenever you need, is better.