Summer and insects go hand in hand. A couple of practical tips you can do to avoid the vampiric hum or buzz is to wear light clothes; dark ones attract insects. Do not wear scented toiletries outside. If you don’t mind smelling like a summer salad, rub cider vinegar on the skin. Believe it or not cider vinegar is an effective insect repellent!
Essential oil of eucalyptus is a natural insect repellent. Add 5 drops to 1 cup of water and dab on the exposed areas of the body. Citronella dabbed sparingly on the skin is also good.
Rub 1 drop each of essential oil of tea tree (melaleuca) or lavender on the bites. Repeat every hour until the irritation stops. If you are in for the night, bergamot diluted 50% in aloe vera gel is good, but be careful during the day as it may discolor your skin.
Take Ledum 6c 2 times daily to help prevent mosquito bites.
Take thiamin (vitamin B1) to prevent bites. When large amounts of thiamin are excreted through the body it gives off an odor that repels insects. 100 mg 3 times daily should do the trick. Zinc (60 mg/day) also helps repel insects. And of course, speaking of the vampiric mosquito, garlic really does work. If you do not like the social consequences or taste of this excellent dietary remedy try garlic capsules (3 capsules 3 times/day).
BEEN BIT! Either you read this too late
or you thought this is too far out and used the store bought spray/lotions and
they didn’t work as well this summer as last.
Don’t despair. Wash your bite
thoroughly with soap and water. Want to
scratch? Don’t! Itching can be relieved by dissolving 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup
of water, soak a piece of cloth in the solution and bathe the bites.
Biochemic Tissue Salts
Take Nat Mur 6x: crush the tablet and apply locally.
Rescue Remedy is useful.
Dab tincture of witch hazel or rub sage tea on mosquito bites.
Ledum and Apis are good. For a bee sting dab pyrethrum or take Apis 6c every 10 minutes until professional help can be obtained.