The great outdoors is a natural remedy for everything that ails you. Unfortunately, nature has it's issues too. One of those issues is insect bites and bee stings. The good news is, there are ways to get relief from insect bites and bee stings without using harsh chemicals. Yes, it's true, there are natural remedies and repellents for pesky biting insects.
Citronella as a repellent
Why apply harmful chemicals to the skin when a natural insect repellent can be made with just a few essential oils? I've been using this natural insect repellent for years. Just combine 15 drops citronella essential oil, 15 drops lemon grass essential oil, 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil, and 1 ounce of olive oil. Apply to skin prior to going outdoors.
Aloe Vera is famous for soothing natural burn relief and healing. It's also one of the best natural insect bite remedies. Combine Aloe Vera gel with a few drops of lavender essential oil to sooth the itch and allow insect bites to heal properly. The itch insects cause makes us scratch. This invites infection. No itch, no scratch, no infection.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil's natural antibiotic qualities keep insect bites from getting infected. It also repels insects to keep them from biting and soothes the itch. Use tea tree oil straight to lesson itch. To use as a repellent, mix a few drops in warm water and apply to exposed skin. Reapply after swimming or water sports.
It may seem that vinegar would irritate skin but the opposite is true. Vinegar takes the sting out of insect bites and sunburn as well. Just dab a little straight onto bites from insects. If you've been bitten by multiple insects or have multiple bites, apply with a spray bottle. Put ¼ cup vinegar in the bottle and fill with water. Vinegar is also an antiseptic.
Honey is not a natural insect repellent. In fact it attracts insects like flies to, well, honey. Honey does have antiseptic and soothing qualities which will help with insect bites. Just spread a little on the bite. Cover with a band-aid to relieve itch and speed the healing process. Remedies found right in the kitchen are sometimes the best ones.
Baking Soda remedies many things. This natural product has a variety of uses. Make a paste of baking soda and a small amount of water. Apply directly to insect bites to relieve the itch. For a large amount of insect bites, hives, and bee stings, soak in a tub with it. Just pour a cup of baking soda into bath water, climb in and sigh with relief!
Green Tea is best due to it's antioxidant properties. Regular tea will ease the pain just as well. Wet a tea bag. Place it directly on the insect bite. The sting will disappear immediately. For a large number of insect bites, brew the tea and let it cool. Fill a spray bottle with the tea and spray on.
Cold will instantly relieve the sting and itch from insect bites. An ice cube provides one of the best natural convenient remedies for bee stings. Just hold it on the sting until the pain subsides. Use cold water with the tea and vinegar remedies for insect bites above for added relief.
This article was previously published on Yahoo! by this author.