Turmeric is the best medicine for insect bites.
1. Vinegar- Apply a small amount of vinegar directly on the bump. If there are many bites, take a hot bath in a tub filled with water and 2.5 cups of vinegar.
2. Aloe Vera- Apply the ale gel directly on the bump. It will ease the itching and swelling.
3. A Dry Bar of Soap- Rub a soap directly on the bites, this will only provide temporary relief of itching.
4. Baking Soda and Water- Make a thick paste of Baking Soda and Water and apply on mosquito bites. It will provide almost immediate relief of itching.
5. Onion- Cut an onion and rub it against the mosquito bite for several minutes.
6. Toothpaste- Apply a small amount of all-natural peppermint or neem-based toothpaste. Allow the paste to dry for as long as desired.
I grew up in a Mennonite household in Lancaster County, Pa and one of the things we are 'blessed' with is plenty of insects. Another blessing is the mint plant. Not only is it used to make meadow tea (the best tea ever) but if you crush up the leaves and apply the oil to insect bites, it takes care of the symptoms quickly. You can grow this yourself or check creek beds in your area. These plants love moist, shaded areas and finding them is pretty easy.
Chiggers 'OLD TIME WISDOM HERE' Happy to hear fingernail polish helped- But that's really 'mind over matter'- just does not really work- at least not for me or anyone I know.At my age of 60, yes, I have learnd a few thngs...BE sure to have a lot of this on hand plain old rubbing alcohol -NOT the regular 70%- buy the large bottle of 91 or 92 %- it is cheap!the minute you get out of the field, tall grass,ect go to the shower. DO NOT TURN THE WATER ON! get the super high % of alcohol & sqeeze/pour it on you starting at your neck, cover yourself with it-always start at the top(neck). If you already have a scratch or scab/sore- yes it will burn a little. It will get rid of the chiggers BEFORE they get settled in deep! I have used 3/4 of a big bottle at one time. But what is $1.50 compared to days of misery!You must -just keep it on all of your body,dripping with it, especially from the waist down. after about 5 minutes of drenching yourself & rubing it all over yourself & there soaking wet with rubbing alcohol, get the water as HOT as you can stand it, get SOAPY/wet, scrub with a cloth from neck on down. shave legs if you can, but shave with RAZOR GOING IN THE DOWN [POSITION). ALWAYS do these steps from top to feet. You will get rid of any chiggers BEFORE they get too settled on you.This also helps if you were too late & already have the bites deep in your skin. Last resort: go to a dermotologist & ask/beg him to touch the bites with his lazor. WARNING:When you leave his office go home & put COLD water where DR did the tiny lazor burn. Just trust me on this! Everyone should know that 'OFF' & other insect repellant MUST contain DEET! I used to wear jeans when working in the fields- not anynmore- chiggers just climb upward inside your pant legs-They start crawling from your shoes- they start on your SHOES! I never understood why I see so many people spray stuff on thier legs, but NEVER thier shoes---SPRAY your shoes & socks. You are just bringing them onto your favorite chair!!!I wear shorts & used anything with DEET in it!IMP:they are still inside of your pants, shoes, socks-so don't just lay your clothes on the bed-take them straight to the washing machine!!!
Rub a small amount of eczma cream and take hayfever tablet
We have asps and assassin bugs from time to time. Both bites/brushes sting like crazy and within seconds will cause huge whelps and pain.
After going through every rememdy and medicine in the cabinet trying to relieve the burning/stinging, we found a tube of Preparation H.
Apply the cream to the area and relief is seconds away. Due to what Preparation H was designed to do, it reduces the swelling, and also the itch for almost 24 hours.
For mosquito bites:
Take a cotton ball, soak it with mouthwash (I have only tried Scope), and drip some on the bite. It might sting a little. You can also rub the soaked cotton ball on the bite if it doesn't stop itching in about 15 seconds. I heard this from my aunt and so far it has worked almost every time.
Tea Tree Oil. Apply directly to bite or sting. Instantly numbs and sterilizes the wound. Works on bee stings, spider bites, flea bites, mite bites, the works as far I know in California.
I use 'Skin so Soft from Avon and I don't get bitten even once. It's a good mosquito and insect repellent.
Crush aspirin and mix with a drop or two of water. Apply to bite to help reduce swelling and sting within seconds. I do this at night and cover with a bandaid leaving it on overnight. Always works. I have tried deodorant and also have tried baking soda. This definately works though. Good luck!