Three Great Ways to Relieve a Mosquito Bite

The Divine Mr. R. By The Divine Mr. R., 9th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2x1s36k4/
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The weather is getting warmer, and we all know what that means; Mosquitoes will be here soon. Why not be prepared for the inevitable in advance with a few of these natural remedies, all tested by me.

Heating the Spoon

There are so many horrible, horrible jokes that can be made with this, but in the interest of good taste I will restrain myself.

No, this is actually a very simple and kind of quick way to relieve the itch of a mosquito bite. All you really need is a metal spoon (I use a tablespoon) and a source of hot water. Take the spoon, heat it under a hot tap for a minute or so, and press it against the bite firmly.

A mosquito's bite injects saliva into the flesh which acts as an anti-coagulant. This allows the little pest to suck up your delicious, delicious blood the way you might slurp up a Coke or a Slushie. Incidentally, this causes a heck of an itch. The heat as applied by the spoon denatures the protein in the bug bite, thus relieving the itch. That bump might be around for a little bit longer, but the itch will be gone.

The Classic

What is the classic, you ask? The humble aloe vera plant! This little green beauty (actually, it is kind of awkward looking, but still) can relieve the itch as easily as the snap of a leaf. Pick a reasonably fat one and break it off, rubbing the exposed material onto the bite.

The plant's gel has anti-inflammatory properties which provide relief to the bitten area. Again, the bump isn't going to go down right away, but it will soothe the most irritating part of the condition. If you really want to save the rest of the leaf for later, I recommend a good zippy bag an the refrigerator. It should keep for a bit.

A Little More Green

The basil plant, plucked fresh, can help with your mosquito bite. The plant has anti-inflammatory properties which has helped me before with the swelling. Incidentally, applying it will also help with the itch a little, most because you are rubbing a leaf on the skin. The bright side of this, however, is that you are scratching it without the risk of breaking the area open, which will cause an infection.

Few things are more annoying than an infected mosquito bite. Plus, it just makes the initial problem worse.

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Home Remedies, Mosquito Bites, Natural Medicine, Natural Remedies

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The Divine Mr. R. is an intuitive reader, writer, and Urban Shaman from the Ohio Valley. He will be writing about divination, the paranormal, and chiming in with advice.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
9th Apr 2015 (#)

Don't eat bananas in a mosquito infested place, it attracts them. Saliva on the itchy side helps but camphor and plant extract is good.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
9th Apr 2015 (#)

Neem oil/eucalyptus oil too.

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author avatar Retired
9th Apr 2015 (#)

Thankfully we don't get many mosquito's in England. But when I have travelled abroad they never bite me!

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