Do you kids scratch their bug bites and need something to stop the itching? Our family’s chiropractor got me thinking the other day when she took one look at my son’s legs. Sigh! He has bites and scabs all over his legs from the mosquitoes.
His genetic syndrome lends itself to skin picking, because he is not only loved by the mosquitoes, but the bull nettle finds him too! By the time, all that happens (can we say just one hour outdoors?), his legs are a mess because then he skin picks. And no, he isn’t cooperative about my efforts to treat them with calendula! But, that is another story. He is on the autism spectrum after all.
So, our chiropractor told me her son picks his mosquito bites (he isn’t special), and how she just gives him his own special roll-on bottle of essential oils for his bug bites. I wondered if my son would do that. So, I tried and he accepted this, but he isn’t crazy about using it. So, while I slip in drops of calendula tincture into his oils and his homemade lotion, I will keep repeating to him the importance of taking care of our skin.
The oils do stop the itch, and are well worth the effort. Plus, there are other natural methods to stop the itch of bug bites. Try them yourself!
Natural ways to stop the itching
You can mix oils together in a roll-on bottle, make a cool compress with the liquids, or make a salve with herbal tinctures. These are all effective anti-itch natural remedies that are safe to use on children.
Lavender oil is the first oil that comes to mind when you want to treat inflammation. Since mosquito bites are all about inflammation, even though the source is the mosquito saliva, lavender is a good choice.
The cooling effects of peppermint oil brings an immediate sensation of relief to the skin. When applied in a roll-on form with lavender, this duo treats the inflammation and cools the skin. I have also used eucalpytus in place of peppermint for the same purpose.
I always keep a bottle of aloe vera around for itch relief. It is cooling and soothing on the skin.
Witch hazel is an herb that is used on the skin for a number of issues. It does stop the itching and is also a good cleanser when the skin is broken from itching.
Calendula is an all-around natural remedy for wound care and is my typical wound treatment on people as well as animals. I add it to coconut oil to make a salve, or make a tea compress.
This herb, which grows most everywhere contains a gooey substance called mucilage, and when applied to insect bites or wounds soothes skin irritations. Just crush a fresh leaf and spread the goo on the skin.
Grab a banana peel and place it on the mosquito bites for immediate relief. Then apply other more lasting remedies to control the itching.
What other natural remedies do you use to stop the itching caused by insect bites?