Treat Bug Bites With These Natural Home Remedies

We're about to roll into Labor Day weekend.

And for many of us, that means outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

But time outside comes with some risks.

Namely, bug bites, stings, scrapes and splinters.

Since the pandemic began, I've noticed some first aid supplies in short supply.

Maybe you have, too.

Not to worry.

You can be prepared for these outdoor misadventures with some common household items.

Here are some of my favorite homemade first-aid secrets.

For bug bites – cucumbers & tea tree oil.

Cucumbers can help reduce puffiness and swelling.

If you've been bitten by a bug and the area looks a little swollen, try applying a cool cucumber slice to the spot.

And, to ease the itching, dab the spot with tea tree oil.

This essential oil not only curbs the itching, but also helps to reduce swelling and pain.

For bee stings – baking soda & honey.

Bee venom is acidic so you need to neutralize the acid with something alkalinizing, like baking soda.

Once the stinger has been removed, mix two tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to make a paste and apply it to the area. This should help the pain subside.

Interestingly, wasp venom is more alkaline, so to neutralize a wasp sting, you want to apply something acidic, like vinegar, instead of baking soda.

To help ensure the stung area doesn't get infected, coat the area with honey.

Honey has natural antibacterial properties that can help keep the area clean.

And, of course, anyone who is allergic to bee stings or showing signs of an allergic reaction (trouble breathing, feeling faint or dizzy, hives, or a swollen tongue) should get the stinger out and seek medical attention right away.

For minor cuts and scrapes – honey & bandages.

With any wound you should first stop the bleeding and clean the area.

Once the area is clean, you want to help the area heal.

The old belief that you should let cuts and scrapes "breathe" and leave them uncovered is no longer considered the best treatment option.

Instead, keeping the area moist and covered has been shown to be a better way to help skin heal.

Coat the area with honey and cover it with a bandage.

Honey has been shown to speed wound healing, and due to its antibacterial properties, can help keep the area from becoming infected.

For splinters – baking soda or glue.

If you have a splinter that won't come out with the traditional needle and tweezers, try a mixture of baking soda and water.

Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Make sure the paste is not runny.

Apply the paste to the splinter area and cover it with a bandage. Leave the bandage on until the paste dries.

When you remove the bandage, the splinter will likely come out with it, or will be sticking out from the skin enough that you can grab it with a pair of tweezers.

If you don't have baking soda in the house, you can also try to remove the splinter with glue.

Spread a layer of glue over the splinter and let it dry.

The glue should bind to the wooden splinter so that when you remove the dried glue, the splinter should come out, as well.

Labor Day is typically summer's last hurrah.

If you plan to spend time outside, make sure you're prepared to deal with the unpleasant side-effects.

Give your pantry a quick check for baking soda and honey.

And, pick-up a cucumber or two at the market. Even if you don't use it for a bug bite, you can just cut it up and toss it into a salad.


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Janet Helm - September 8, 2020

Bleach also knocks out the pain “instantly” of a wasp sting.

Sharon Chappell - September 8, 2020

Thanks for your great and helpful hints!! It’s so very refreshing to know that there are people who truly care enough about others to take the time to discover and share genuine positive information. You are all very much appreciated. Sincerely Sharon

Linda - September 4, 2020

Thank you for your healthy tips ❤

Jack Thrasher - September 4, 2020

That was very thoughtful and very useful I passed it on to my family I`ll try not to eat all the honeyLOL

jack thrasher - September 4, 2020

That was very thoughtful and very useful I passed it on to my family I`ll try not to eat all the honey LOL!

Kit - September 4, 2020

May I tell you a cucumber story? (This would be for you, not necessarily for inclusion on your website unless you want it to be.)

My husband loved cucumbers and took them in his lunch almost daily. One day the guys at the mill decided to play a trick on him. They squeezed hot-pepper juice on his cucumbers, then at lunchtime stood back to watch the show. My husband dug in, noticed that they tasted kind of weird, but ate them anyway. The guys watched with their jaws dropping. He had NO reaction to the “heat,” because there wasn’t any. Evidently the cucumber neutralized it! (I do not know whether this is truly the case or whether the guys only thought the pepper juice was hot. But the joke was on them.)

ROn cLark - September 4, 2020

I love your atticales on natural cures

Thelma Melendy - September 4, 2020

Fire ants are a problem in Florida. If stung you can pour coke on the bites immediately and they don’t fester up and it calms the pain

Elaine Moon - September 4, 2020

Banana peels work on mosquito bites to stop the itching and soreness.

Amielle R Zemach - September 4, 2020

Another tip: When you burn yourself, DO NOT run it under cold water. That works only so long as you are in the cold water. Take the cold away and the fire and misery returns. And stays. And it blisters. This is essentially the allopathic approach—stomp on the symptom, ignore the cause.

Instead, try the Homeopathic approach: “Like cures Like”— run the burn under WARM water—NOT HOT—WARM for a few seconds. It will hurt a tiny bit more, then the pain will recede and often just disappear. If there is a small blister, use RAW honey. Heals like a dream. I have used this in the kitchen for decades now.

ALWAYS use only RAW honey, preferably wild. None of that heated and clarified muck that is reduced to just sugar. God has given us what we need, if we can only perceive it.

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