We love summer’s pleasant evenings and dining al fresco without a sweater, but we don’t love being eaten alive by various biting insects. If that happens and you’re low on the hydrocortisone anti-itch cream, here are a couple of simple remedies you’re likely to have around the house.
- Ice Apply an ice cube or a simple ice pack to the bite for as long as you can stand it. The ice will numb your skin and reduce the bump and the itch.
- A Tea Bag Boil some water over a tea bag and let it cool before applying the bag to your bite. Plain old black tea is best; it’s full of tannins, an astringent that reduces the itch factor.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Apply a cotton ball’s worth of apple cider vinegar to the bite to reduce the pH level on your skin surface. It will help calm the skin area and bring you some sweet relief. If you're covered with bites, add a cup or two of apple cider vinegar to your bath.
- Baking Soda Make a small amount of paste by adding a few drops cool water to baking soda and applying it to the skin. Alkalines in the baking soda will reduce the pH level on your skin much like apple cider vinegar will.
- Aloe Vera If you have aloe vera gel, use it for bites and well as burns. And if you have an aloe plant, break off a small bit and squeeze out the gel onto the bite. The plant won't mind.