Outdoor fun often brings with it plenty of itchy bug bites and painful rashes that require relief. Fortunately, Mother Nature provides several options for treating and curing insect bites and irritating skin rashes. Whether you are steering clear of chemical products, or you’re looking for a quick solution found in your kitchen, here is a rundown of the most common natural treatments that can take the discomfort out of insect bites and skin rashes.
Home Remedies for Insect Bites
The spring and summer months create an environment that encourages contact with outdoor insects like bees, mosquitoes, fire ants, horseflies, wasps and more. These nasty bites can cause mild to severe pain and should be treated as soon as possible.
* Some of the most effective natural treatments for insect bites include plain white vinegar, sea salt dissolved in water, or witch hazel sprayed on the skin. This will help take the sting and itch out almost immediately. Let the skin air dry, and then apply a generous layer of aloe vera gel to the spot.
* You can also use a mixture of lavender oil and olive oil to rub onto the affected area to relieve itching and speed healing.
* Get medical attention if the area swells or if there is an allergic reaction to a sting.
Home Treatments for Skin Rashes
After a day of playing outside, lazing around at the beach or the park, adults and children often experience uncomfortable skin rashes from sunlight, contact with poisonous plants, and being overheated. A rash can include redness, blisters, blemishes, itching and peeling. If you are prone to skin rashes, or if you break out, you will want to keep a few natural skin rash remedies on hand.
* Some of the best natural treatments for skin rashes include chamomile oil or lavender oil mixed into an unscented lotion, and applied directly to the skin. This provides relief from irritation; just make sure not to scratch at a rash from poison ivy or poison oak because they can spread to other areas on your body quite easily.
* For sunburns and dry skin, aloe vera gel can provide immediate relief from heat in the skin. Before using these natural treatments, take a cool bath in baking soda to restore pH balance of the skin, then gently dry and apply a generous coating of the soothing natural lotion.
* Some people also swear by cucumber slices placed over the eyes and along the bridge of the nose to take the heat out of a sunburned face.
Jim Rosele works for a company that handles insect control in the Chicago area and recommends professional assistance if your pest problem is uncontrollable.