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Insect Bites & Stings Natural Home Remedies



Preparation H Home Remedy

Insect bites and stings can be extremely painful.  Our family has tried nearly every home remedy that's out there, and we've found one that works exceptionally well.  Try applying Preparation H directly to the area that was bitten or stung.  Preparation H is made to reduce swelling, so it will not only help with swelling at the site of the sting, but it will also reduce pain as well.  This is a great home remedy for insect bites that will last for about twenty four hours before you'll need to re-apply. 

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Mouthwash Mosquito Bite Home Remedy

One of the best home remedies that I have always used for insect bites is very simple and very effective.  Whenever I get a mosquito bite, I use this home remedy.  I soak a cotton ball in regular mouthwash (Scope is usually the brand I use), then apply it directly to the bite.  Sometimes it stings a bit at first, but that goes away quickly.  If the itching doesn't stop fifteen minutes after applying the soaked cotton ball to the site, try rubbing the cotton ball on the bite. 

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a wonderful natural remedy for insect bites and stings.  Not only does it work to naturally sterilize the wound, but it also works well as a numbing agent.  Here in California, we commonly have insect bites, including bee stings, spider bites, flea bites, mites and lots of other insects.  A dab of tea tree oil on the bite works wonders. 

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Avon makes a wonderful product called 'Skin so Soft'.  Not only does it work well as a moisturizer on dry skin, but it's also a great insect repellant and I don't ever get bitten during the summer.   

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Aspirin Poultice

One of my favorite home remedies for an insect bite is to make a paste out of aspirin and water.  Simply crush an aspirin and add a few drops of water to the powder.  Smear this paste directly onto the sting or bite and cover with a bandage.  Be sure to leave this on overnight.  This wonderful home remedy for insect bites and stings will instantly reduce the swelling.  You can also do this with roll-on deodorant and baking soda.

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Sometimes the age-old, tried and true home remedies for insect bites and stings simply don't completely heal an insect bite or sting.  You may have tried using tobacco, vinegar, baking soda, or the aspirin paste and still find that you still have swelling, pain and redness at the site of the bite.  If you find yourself in this situation, you need to remove the venom from your body.  To do this, sterilize a needle with a flame.  Once the needle is cooled, make a small hole in the bite.  Then, I'll take a small vacuum pump (one that works for automotive stuff works well) and I center the pump over the bite.  I'll allow the vacuum to run for approximately one minute.  This will extract any leftover venom in your body and will provide you with instant relief.

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When I have an itchy mosquito bite, I like to use baking soda.  Baking soda is a great home remedy to get rid of the itch.  It also helps to heal the bite much more quickly than doing nothing.  Try this home remedy for any insect bite or sting. 

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An old Cherokee Indian natural remedy for insect stings works very well.  Simply wet a bit of tobacco from a cigarette or snuff and wet it with your saliva.  Once the tobacco is moist, apply it directly to the site of the sting and hold in place with a bandage.  This natural remedy is very effective when used to treat insect stings. 

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Using Mud as Natural Remedy for Insect Sting

A great way to get rid of the pain associated with an insect sting is to apply mud directly to the sting.  While this may sound strange, the coolness of the mud helps to reduce swelling and the pain will stop instantly.  Once the mud is dried, simply wash it away.  This is my favorite natural remedy for an insect sting. 

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In nursing school, we were taught to use ice instead of heat when treating insect bites that itch.  The ice will constrict the blood vessels, and this keeps the histamines (the part of the bite that makes you itch) away from the skin.

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Topical Benadryl

Any insect bite can be treated using benadryl.  If you have the capsules, simply break them open and apply the mixture inside directly to the bitten area.  This works very well as it applies the medicine and antihistamines directly to the bug bite.  This is a great home remedy for big and insect bites and stings.

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Heat & Toothpaste

Whenever I need to treat an insect bite, I like to apply a warm towel to the area.  This helps to reduce the pain and swelling.  Next, apply toothpaste (any kind with menthol will work well) directly the the bite.  Once you feel the tingling feeling from the toothpaste, wash it off and apply a natural medication (tea tree oil works well) directly to the site.  This is a wonderful natural remedy for insect bites and stings. 

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Meat Tenderizer

I'm very allergic to wasp stings, and this is a great home remedy to treat the sting.  When I had my last horrible reaction to a wasp sting, I followed a few simple steps that kept me from developing a severe allergic reaction.  First, I made a really thick paste with water and meat tenderizer.  I applied this paste directly to the sting site.  This helps to neutralize the venom that was in injected into your body.  After that, I'll take a double dose of Benadryl to calm the histamines and slow any allergic reaction that my body is preparing.  Finally, the most important step of my process is to utilize Apis.  This is a natural and homeopathic remedy that works wonders.  I'll use Apis every two hours until the swelling and reaction are calmed.  However, you should skip all of these steps and go directly to the hospital if you are having problems breathing.  Do not attempt to work on an allergic reaction yourself if you find that you're having trouble breathing or if it feels like your throat is closing. 


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