Trick Your Skin, The Old Fashioned Way
Greetings gang, and welcome to the best day of the week and another day closer to winter! I know I say that every week, and I really shouldn’t be complaining about the sun and warm air (and tons and tons and tons of rain), but man, I’m jonesing for some snowboarding. I’m also really sick of mosquitoes and itchy scratchy mosquito bites and reaching down to scratch my legs aggressively EVERY time I am hanging outside. We talked about more natural ways to keep mosquitoes away, but I’m now realizing getting bit is inevitable no matter how hard you try. So this week we’re taking care of mosquito bites. Let’s get into it.
Now, from what I can find there’s a bunch of different ways to get rid of pesky mosquito bites. Some of these methods I have tried before (I’ll throw my two cents in there somewhere) and others I have not, so it’s going to be an interesting week trying them out. My go-to for getting rid of my bites (without scratching them off) is usually dabbing the bite with vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and if I’m really desperate rubbing alcohol. These compounds work well because they are acidic and essentially dry out the infected area. One of the best parts about using this kind of method works almost instantly. I can attest that vinegar and rubbing alcohol will take care of the job in no time. If you have neither of those products ready, I’ve also learned you can use lemon or lime juice as well, which make sense since they are both really acidic. Staying in line with the liquid treatments there are also essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, and lavender that have natural antiseptic properties that help treat the bite.
Working our way into the world of pastes, you’ll find there’s also a variety of different ways to formulate your own remedy that’s a bit more viscous. Using baking soda and a couple of drops of water you can create your very own paste to apply directly to the bug bite. Let it sit on there until the paste dries on your skin and then wash it off and you should be good. This is another way to dry out your skin and the bite itself, much like the acidic ways mentioned above, but opposite since it’s on the basic end of the pH scale (if that makes sense). I haven’t tried this one, so I can’t really hype it up too much, sorry baking soda. Another paste I saw that looks like it will work well is made of mashed up peppermint leaves. Just like the essential oil, mashed up peppermint leaves will have an antiseptic and a soothing effect that help with swelling and itching. If you’re good at foraging you can even add other plants like Jewelweed to the mix and have yourself a grand old time being so bug bite free.
I guess what I really learned this week is that getting rid of mosquito bites is really just tricking your skin’s pH level, overloading it with something very basic or something very acidic. Sometimes you just have to pull a fast one on your skin and trick it. Sneaky, sneaky. Thanks for reading in this week folks! Go get a mosquito bite (not really) and try these remedies out!