Home Remedies for Insect Bites

Author: ANCP   Date Posted:13 May 2014 

Many insects bite or sting people, often causing pain, redness, inflammation and itching. You should always see a doctor if you have a serious reaction, however most insect bites can be treated at home. As soon as you realise you have been bitten or stung, ensure you immediately move away from the insect.

Bees, for example, after being alerted that other bees have stung, may follow suit. You may end up with more than one bite or sting.

Home Remedies

There are various ways to relieve the pain. Things to do immediately:

  • If you've been stung by a bee, ensure you remove the stinger as soon as possible.
  • In the first 6 hours after a bite or sting, apply an ice pack for ten minutes at frequent intervals to help relieve swelling, itching and even pain.

If you’re still suffering, you could try one of these popular home remedies for insect bites (not recommended for children):

  • Witch Hazel – applying witch hazel to the site is a popular home remedy. Although not proven scientifically, it may help.
  • Tiger Balm – rub the tiger balm ointment over the area to reduce pain and swelling and soothe the area. Tiger Balm is also a very effective insect repellent – so apply it to small areas of your skin in advance to keep mosquitoes away.
  • Lavender oil not only has a beautiful aroma but it can also help keep the mosquitos at bay. If you happen to forget to apply your tiger balm or lavender oil and get bitten, never fear as lavender oil also has mild analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Just apply the diluted lavender oil to the affected area and let it calm and ease the pain.