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Five Natural Ways to Ease Bug Bite Itching

By Gardenista
8/3/2013 7:30:31 AM

In case you haven't gotten around to whipping up a batch of DIY: Bug Repellent Balm-and we suggest you do-we present you with a list of natural remedies for mosquito bites that might have you putting away that chalky pink Calamine lotion forever.

Credit: Erin Boyle

1. Ice cubes: Using an ice cube or cold pack can be a surprisingly effective remedy for mosquito bites. The ice temporarily numbs the area and helps control swelling. Wrap cubes in a towel and press against bites for 10 minutes (or for as long as you can tolerate).

Credit: Erin Boyle

2. Tea bags: Natural tannins in tea act as an astringent, drawing toxins out of the skin and helping to lessen your discomfort. Press a used tea bag against your bites until the itching has subsided.

Credit: Erin Boyle

3. Apple Cider Vinegar: In the same way that baking soda can help neutralize a bug bite, a swab of apple cider vinegar (or a few cupfuls diluted in a bath) can help balance the pH of an infected area. Apple cider vinegar is somewhat less acidic than other vinegars and a good choice for restoring natural pH.

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