Just about every place you live you’re going to have to deal with bugs, so it’s good to be prepared with supplies and knowledge of natural remedies for insect bites. Some places have it lucky, like Iceland, which only has 1300 species of insects. Some places are not so lucky; Australia has a staggering 220,000 species of insects, and if what I’ve read online is true then most of them are the size of cars and spit acid. Okay, that’s probably not 100 percent true, but given that they have a spider that EATS BIRDS, I’m going to say they have it pretty bad in the bugs department. Regardless, you’re going to have to deal with bug bites and insect stings at some point. Have these natural remedies for insect bites on hand so that you’re prepared for ant bites, bee stings, and other
What is the difference between a bug bite and sting?
Insect bites and insect stings can both be painful, itchy, and unpleasant, but there are some big differences between the two.
An insect sting comes from either venomous or nonvenomous bugs that use stingers to attack their prey (or to defend their home, like bees). The stingers are typically very small and needle-like at the tip. Some insects will leave the stinger in your skin after you have been stung, others are able to sting you again and again. Insects like hornets, bees, wasps, and scorpions use stingers. Natural remedies for insect bites also work well for stings because they address the basic symptoms of pain, itchiness, and swelling, though you will also sometimes have to remove the stinger.
Insect bites typically come from bugs that use their mouths to bite you. Bugs like fleas, lice, ticks, and mosquitos bite you to drink your blood (ew!) and spiders and ants bite you to defend their territory and themselves. Like insect stings they can be painful, but the most common natural remedies for insect bites cure itchiness, redness, and swelling because that is the biggest side effect from most bug bites.
How to Prevent Bug Bites and Insect Stings
Natural remedies for insect bites are effective for treating a bite or sting after it happens, but sometimes prevention is the best remedy. Prevent bug bites and stings by wearing protective clothing when going out into wooded areas. A natural bug repellant also works wonders to discourage ticks and mosquitos. Avoid wearing perfumed lotions as these attract insects to you.
Be careful when moving through tall grass, shrubs, and heavily wooded areas because that is where you’ll most commonly run into insects. Wear shoes when walking outside as ant hills are often hidden in your lawn. Wasps and hornets make their homes around houses on the ceilings, roofs, and window sill. Some species of wasps are more aggressive than others so be careful when removing wasp nests! Bees, unless seriously provoked, prefer not to sting you and are usually very passive. They may buzz around you if you get too close, but moving away slowly and calmly usually prevents bee stings. Bees are important to fruit and vegetable production so don’t kill them if you can help it!
Common symptoms of insect bites
While it depends on the type of insect, most insect bites are red, swollen bumps on your skin. They usually are very itchy but it’s important not to scratch them! You can give yourself an infection, cause scarring, or even make the itching worse. Natural remedies for insect bites work fast to stop these unpleasant symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Insect Stings
Usually the immediate, sharp pain of an insect sting is a good sign that you’ve been stung. The stinger may possibly be present on or in your skin, accompanied by a red bump. It’s important to remove the stinger as quickly as possible to stop the spread of venom. Tweezers, your finger nail, or the blunt edge of a credit card can be used to remove the stinger.
What to do if you are bitten or stung by an insect
Some insect stings can cause a severe allergic reaction in certain people. Medical treatment will be needed right away for those allergic to bee or wasp stings, for instance. Anaphylaxis occurs in those who are stung by bees and suffer an allergy from their stings. Symptoms of this dangerous reaction include labored breathing, swelling of the throat or mouth, hives, and a racing heart beat. If you or someone you know are suffering from these extreme insect sting symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment right away!
If you are not experiencing these symptoms and find yourself with a non-dangerous sting or bite reaction, you treat the itchiness, redness, and swelling at home with some common natural remedies.
Natural Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings:
Baking Soda Bee Sting Remedy:
Add one teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of cool water, then stir until completely dissolved. Dip a q-tip into mixture and then gentle dap all over the affected area. You can also dip a cotton ball or small piece of cotton gauze into the baking soda/water mixture and use a bandaid to keep the cotton ball or gauze over the wound. Change the dressing and reapply every few hours as necessary.
Vinegar Wasp Sting Cure:
Instantly cure wasp sting pain and swelling by using vinegar to neutralize the wasp venom. Dip a clean cotton ball or a piece of cotton gauze into vinegar, then use a bandaid or medical tape to secure over the sting on your skin. Change the dressing as necessary to treat the pain and swelling from the sting.
Use Papaya to Treat Swelling from Bug Bites:
Papaya enzymes naturally fight inflammation from bug bites. Take a slice of papaya, mash into a fine pulp using a fork, then spread onto the bug bite. Let sit for one hours and then wash off.
Garlic treats insect bites and stings:
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It can also treat swelling and pain. Peel and mash a fresh garlic clove into a paste and apply directly to the wound. Let sit for one hour and then wash away with cool water. Repeat as necessary. Some people even eat raw garlic cloves before going to areas with mosquitos and ticks because the smell of it in your sweat is a natural insect reppelllant.
Essential oils that treat bug bites and stings:
Rub essential oils on bug bites and stings to stop the pain and swelling. Peppermint oil, lavendar oil, and tea tree oil all work well in this instance.
Use ice to stop pain and swelling from insect bites:
Apply an ice cube to a bug bite. This stops the itching, pain, and swelling immediately.
Toothpaste stops bee sting pain:
Most toothpaste brands use baking soda and peppermint oil, both of which do a great job to treat bee sting pain, itching, and swelling. Apply a thin layer and let dry, then wash away and repeat as necessary.
These are just a few ways to treat insect bites and stings at home naturally with common household products. Make sure to check for allergies before using essential oils on your skin. And if you experience any severe symptoms, it’s important to get immediate medical attention from a doctor. A trip to the emergency room may be in order to prevent a lethal reaction.
Acne – so many people suffer from it. Dealing with a painful zit or major breakout is bad enough, but it’s even worse when they happen right before the prom, homecoming, a first date, or a big day at work. While dermatologists do have ways to instantly treat zits, a visit to a doctor’s office can be inconvenient and expensive. The answer to getting rid of your pimples as quickly as possible might be in your own kitchen or bathroom! Try these easy homemade instant acne treatments that will save you money and time.
Toothpaste is a quick remedy for acne.
Toothpaste (and make sure it’s toothPASTE and not the gel kind) works to dry up breakouts by reducing inflammation, redness, and swelling. The baking soda and mint in toothpaste will do wonders to get rid of pimples fast. No toothpaste on hand? Make your own paste by mixing a little baking soda and water and applying directly to the affected area. Add a tiny amount of peppermint oil extract (a little goes a loooooong way) to cool your skin and tighten your pores.
Eggs to the rescue!
Egg whites cure blemishes fast. Whip some egg whites lightly in a small bowl, then dab or lightly brush the mixture over your acne and leave overnight. This will work to unclog the pores and release the bacteria in the zit more quickly.
Ice is nice for pimples.
If you want to make pimples smaller and less noticeable, try holding some ice to your blemishes. Cold temperatures will work wonders in reducing the swelling and redness in most pimples.
Apple cider vinegar removes pimples.
Soak a cotton ball or swab in apple cider vinegar and apply directly to your blemishes. Allow the vinegar to sit. Apple cider vinegar has a strong acidity and it will work to reduce swelling and even draw out the infection all together. Be careful not to use too much or leave on long enough to burn your skin! Test on a small patch of skin first.
Heat beats acne.
While ice reduces pimple size and swelling, moist heat works to loosen your skin and draw out the infection in the pimple. Soak a soft washcloth in hot water, then wring out the excess liquid. Apply the warm compress to your face and let it sit there until the washcloth has cooled. Repeat the process as necessary until the infection is drawn out. Be careful not to pick or press on the blemish or you can cause scarring and infection!
When all else fails you need that pimple gone STAT, a trip to the dermatologist may be required. Above all else, make sure not to irritate or pick at your pimples. This can cause the infection to spread and terribly scarring to occur.