Experiencing bug bites this summer? Check out the following natural remedies to help relieve your bug bites:
Zinc oxide: Zinc oxide is an ingredient found in sunscreens, diaper rash creams and calamine lotion. Zinc oxide has antimicrobial effects and helps to reduce inflammation and skin irritation. Zinc oxide is often combined with 0.5% Ferric Oxide in calamine lotion to help reduce the itchy sensation.
Ice ice baby! Ice is a natural way to reduce skin inflammation, edema (swelling) and reduces itching.
Aloe: Aloe vera is derived from the succulent plant, Aloe which interestingly was initially found in the Arabian Peninsula, but can be found around the world, primarily in warm, dry climates. Aloe vera has been found to be hydrating wherein it stores water as well as vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. Aloe vera has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-viral properties (which explains why in some cultures, it is used in the treatment of cold sores). The most prominent benefit for the skin is the soothing properties. Aloe vera is used in the treatment of sunburns. In fact, the amino acids, anti-oxidants and polysaccharides promote skin repair and prevent further damage to the impaired protective skin barrier. Aloe vera is also very hydrating to the skin and helps to lock in moisture and soften the skin. A helpful tip is to place aloe vera calming gel in the refrigerator for a few hours prior to application—the cooling sensation will help further reduce any skin discomfort. Another helpful tip is to drink a lot of water! A sunburn draws the fluid from the skin’s surface—so make sure to quench your skin’s thirst as this will help reduce recovery time.
Apple cider vinegar has the added benefit of antibacterial properties, anti-fungal and cooling properties. You can add 4-5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water and soak a rag into this solution and directly on the sunburned area or you can add apple cider vinegar into a bath. An added benefit is that apple cider vinegar contains pectin which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Black tea contain an ingredient called tannic acid which helps to calm down skin irritation, soothing benefits and has the added benefit of maintaining skin’s pH.
Honey has been used for centuries in various cultural practices in both skin and hair-care. Honey is a natural soothing humectant which means ti helps to retain moisture. Honey has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to decrease skin inflammation. Utilizing the oil in a Vitamin E capsule and rubbing it gently into the area affected on the skin may help with the burning and itching sensation.