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Home Remedies to treat Insect Bites

With the summer being in full heat, the insects and bug are buzzing all around us. And they are certainly biting down on our body. Be it any bug, an insect bite can cause a lot of pain, itching which is followed by inflammation.

Although insect bites vary in shape and size, they all cause the skin to have an itch and a red reaction followed by it.

For those, who like to take care of these insect bites at home instead of going to the doctor, we bring for you a few home remedies to treat insect bites.

Oatmeal

For those suffering from extreme itchiness followed by an insect bite, the best ingredient for that treatment is Oatmeal.

Oatmeal comes with following properties which provide instant relief from itching and inflammation.

  • Anti-irritant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Soothing

Oatmeal can be used in the following ways.

  • In order to treat localized itching, make yourself an oatmeal paste by mixing some oatmeal in water. Place the whole paste on to the affected skin and let it be pressed over it firmly for 10 minutes. Afterward, rinse the area with cold water.
  • For the cases when itching gets severe, an oatmeal bath is the best remedy. Simply add 1 cup of grounded oatmeal in a tub full of water and soak your body for half an hour. It is best to rub the affected areas with clumps of oatmeal from time to time.

Baking Soda

One other great remedy to treat itchiness and red rash followed after an insect bite is to use baking soda powder. Baking soda has the natural acid neutralizing properties which aid in providing soothing from itchiness and stinging sensation caused by an insect bite.

  • Add 1 tsp of baking soda powder in some water to make a paste. Apply this paste over the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse it off afterward with cold water.
  • Or simply add 1 cup of baking soda in a bathtub full of cold water. Soak your body in the water for half an hour. Instead of cleaning the body with more water, pat it down with a dry towel.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel has been sued by the Native Americans since ancient times to treat many skin disorders due to its strong anti-stringent properties. The anti stringent properties of Witch Hazel are all thanks to a compound called Tannis in it.

In addition to this, Witch hazel also has moderate anti-inflammatory properties which aid in the reduction of the burning association commonly associated with insect bites.

  • Take some Witch Hazel oil and soak a cotton ball with it.  Place the cotton ball on the affected skin and remove it after 10 minutes.
  • You can also add 1 drop of olive oil in the Witch hazel to maximize the effects.

Indian Lilac

Indian lilac or more commonly known as Neem aids in getting rid of the discomforts like itching and inflammation associated with an insect bite. This is all thanks to the anti-inflammatory and anti-astringent properties of Indian lilac.

Indian lilac is also a natural antiseptic which helps to protect the skin from any skin infection.

  • Boil a handful of Neem leaves in water and strain it afterward. Let the water cool down and then use it to wash the affected skin area.
  • There are many Neem based skin creams available in the market which one can use in case of insect bite.

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