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15 Best Home Remedies for Insect Bites


15 Best Home Remedies for Insect Bites!

The cases of insect bites appear most in the spring season, rainy season. Along with fun in the sun, one often ends up dealing with insect bites and stings from mosquitoes, spiders, bees, wasps and all things creepy crawly. Then you see either your lip is swelled or your finger and feel irritated or itchiness. People have their own home remedies for insect bites and stings. So here we have listed 15 best home remedies you can use to get rid of these bites.

Home Remedies for Insect Bites

1. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal helps in drawing out the toxins that cause inflammation, swelling, and itching due to insect bites. For applying, make a paste- open up 2 to 3 capsules of charcoal, mix with water to make a paste. Apply to the affected area and leave for 30 minutes. Wipe the paste off with a wet cloth.

2. Ice

You can use ice or any cold compress for bites and stings. It diminishes the itching, reduces inflammation and swelling, and eases the pain of bites/stings. Put some crushed ice into a plastic bag and apply on affected area. Else use a bag of frozen vegetables, wrap it in a towel and then apply.

3. Vinegar

You can use white or the apple cider vinegar for stings/bites, both have the same effect. Vinegar turns the pain of insect sting into a thing of the past. Dip cotton in vinegar and dab it on the place of insect bite, else mix it with baking soda and make a paste that you can apply to the bitten area.

Also Read: 30 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar!

4. Garlic

Well, after eating this person will maintain a distance from you because of the bad odor, and so does insects. Just like us, stinging insects are attracted or repulsed by odors in the environment. So it is to your advantage not to smell so sweet that insects come straight to you.

Few people believe that by eating pungent foods such as onion and garlic, the smell of our sweat changes, sending out a signal to insects that you stink. And you actually do. Well, this theory hasn’t been tested.

Remember- The effect only works with raw garlic or onions. so don’t cook them as cooking not only destroys the stink, it also changes the active ingredients.

Also, remember to have some mouthwash or gum on hand if you plan to talk to others or you are getting ready for party or kiss.

Also Read: 10 Health Benefits of Garlic!

5. Pull out the Sting

We know that bees and yellow jackets leave evidence behind when they sting: their barbed stinger. It’s just not a pleasant sight to see this pulsating barb puncturing our skin and releasing venom. So, to stop this carefully and gently remove the stinger by scraping it off with a knife blade. Don’t go for the tweezers or tongs. Grabbing and squeezing the stinger causes more venom to be pumped into the victim. When you remove the stinger, apply antiseptics, such as alcohol or Betadine.

6. Soap

Some of the kitchen cures are right under our nose — bar soap, for instance. Keeping you clean, soap helps relieve the bite of the ubiquitous mosquito. So, wet your affected part of the skin and gently rub soap on it. Rinse it well. Use only non- deodorized and

Some of the kitchen cures are right under our nose — bar soap, for instance. Keeping you clean, soap helps relieve the bite of the ubiquitous mosquito. So, wet your affected part of the skin and gently rub soap on it. Rinse it well. Use only non- deodorized and non- perfumed soap. If you use fancy, smelly soaps then it may irritate the bite area.

7. Meat tenderizer

Meat tenderizer contains enzymes that break down the venom, reducing your swelling and inflammation. Apply it immediately when you are stung. Take a few spoonful of meat tenderizer powder and add water to make a paste. Apply the paste and leave it on for an hour.

8. Aspirin

You can apply aspirin paste to stop the itching. The ingredients present in aspirin help to neutralize the venom. Crush one or two aspirin on a small plate and add enough water to make a paste. Dab the paste on the sting site.

9. Papaya

It contains enzymes that neutralize insect venom. Simply apply a slice of papaya on the sting for an hour.

10. Baking soda

The baking soda gives relief to the affected site. Mix baking soda with a skin lotion and apply it to the affected area. The baking soda helps to relieve the inflammation. Else, you can mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Dissolve it properly, then apply this mixture with cotton or washcloth. Leave this compress on affected place for 20 minutes.

11. Bromelain

It is a protein-digesting enzyme derived from pineapple. On an empty stomach, you can take 500 milligrams containing at least 2,000 GDU or 3,000 MCU. Ask your doctor before having it. On prescription, you can take several doses in a single day. Stop consuming it when the swelling goes down.

12. Lavender oil

Lavender oil helps in relieving the itching. Wait for fifteen minutes to allow the oil to have its effect. If you feel the itch again, apply just one or two drops of oil at a time.

13. Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil has a cooling effect and it also increases circulation to the bitten area, speeding up the healing process. You can also apply toothpaste that contains peppermint oil on the affected area. It also has the same effect. Just apply a dab.

14. Menthol

It is a classic skin soother. Go for an anti-itch spray or gel that contains menthol. Keep the product in the refrigerator when not in use or until you’re ready to use it. On cooling, it provides extra itch relief.

15. Permethrin

It is a synthetic version of a bug-repelling compound found in chrysanthemum plants. Treat your clothes with one of the many insect repellents that contain permethrin. It only goes on clothing as the compound loses its effectiveness when it’s applied to the skin. Apply it to your outdoor wear, and it should remain effective even after a washing.


If you face severe itching or swelling then go for a doctor. Consult your doctor before following any remedy because everyone has different skin type so it depends on what suits you. Also, first analyze by which you are bitten then go for any remedy.




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Sally is a Part of Editorial Team at Remain Healthy. She is Studying Diet & Nutrition at a College. When not writing or studying, she loves to cook healthy food.


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