How to Treat Mosquito Bites Using Honey, Garlic and Toothpaste

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Mosquito bites can leave your skin covered in those unsightly, red welts. Also, they are arguably one of the most irritating things about summer, added to that is the itch, which is impossible to shake for days.

There are various and effective home remedies for mosquito bites, and many ways to avoid getting bit in the first place. Take, for instance these Plants, which keeps bugs of all kinds, including mosquitoes, away.

Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites:

1. Baking Soda

Another simple, but very effective remedy for mosquito bites is the use of water and baking soda. Apply this mixture into the affected area. Shortly afterwards, you should feel the itching and swelling subside.

How to Use:
1. Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste.
2. Apply the mixture to the bug bite.
3. Leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.

2. Basil

The fragrant basil plant is a key ingredient for many Italian recipes, but it can also be use as a mosquito bite remedy. Studies suggest that a chemical compound known as eugenol, which is present in basil, could relieve itchy skin.

How to Use:
1. To make the basil rub, boil 2 cups of water and add 1/2 an ounce of dried basil leaves.
2. Leave the mixture to steep until it is cool.
3. Dip a washcloth into the liquid.
4. Rub it gently on your mosquito bites.

1. You can chop some fresh basil leaves, and rub them on to your skin.

3. Ice

One of the most painful parts of a mosquito bite is the inflammation. As with any allergic reaction, using crushed ice can help in relieving the swelling around the bite area.

How to Use:
1. Wrap the ice using a thin cloth.
2. Press against the bite. Remember not to put ice directly on the skin, as this can cause damage.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a popular natural remedy for conditions from high blood pressure to heart disease. But, a bit of garlic when applied to an irritating bug bite is a simple and easy home remedy for a mosquito bite.

How to Use:
1. Before you slice into a bulb and applying it directly into your bite, know that applying a cut garlic straight to a bite or skin wound, may cause stinging and burning. Instead, finely mince up fresh garlic and mix it with room temperature coconut oil or an unscented lotion. These creams and ointments will help reduce the garlic’s potency, but still allow you to get relief from the garlic’s natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
2. Apply the mixture on the bite area.
3. Leave the mixture for at least 10 minutes.
4. Wipe the bite area using a cool washcloth.
5. Apply more later, if the itching still persists.

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5. Honey

It is probably best if you do not wear it outside as this will attract more bugs, but honey can help soothe an itching bite. That’s because honey contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is probably best if you do not wear it outside as it will attract more bugs, but honey can help soothe an itching bite.

How to Use:
1. Just a small drop of honey can help get rid of swelling and ease the itch.

6. Toothpaste

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, applying a small amount regular toothpaste to the bite area can help relieve the itch.

Also, this also can help reduce the pain of a fire ant bite. Toothpaste is effective, maybe due to the menthol present in the toothpaste, which also creates a cooling sensation.

7. Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a natural remedy to treat many medical conditions, from blood glucose problems and infections. Apple cider vinegar can also be use as a treatment for bug bites.

How to Use:
1.If you have an itchy mosquito bite, pat a drop of vinegar on it. The vinegar can help reduce burning and stinging sensations. Also, it can act as a natural disinfectant if you have been scratching too much.


1. If you need more relief, you can try soaking a washcloth in vinegar and cold water.
2. Apply it to the bite.
3. If you have many bites, try to dilute 2 cups of vinegar in a tepid bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. Just remember that a hot bath will may make the itching worse.

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