Natural Remedies for Insect Bites

Natural Remedies for Insect Bites

In my last post, I looked at 10 essential oils that can repel insects. Taking preventative measures can help reduce the chances of getting bitten, but it’s not always possible to avoid insect bites altogether. If you do get bitten there are many natural methods of treating the bite (or bites). In addition to being itchy and irritating, insect bites and stings can transfer bacteria or other microbes to the skin. Scratching bug bites can also transfer unwanted germs into the bite and can cause further inflammation and irritation. So it’s important to treat insect bites quickly and to reduce the itching as much as possible. The next time you have a bug bite, try one or more of the following.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera helps treat insect bites

Aloe vera is probably best known for its ability to heal sunburns. However, it is also useful for treating bug bites. Aloe vera contains over 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids that nourish the skin and support its health. It can also help reduce inflammation, itching, and swelling around the bite.

Apple Cider Vinegar

It may not smell great, but apple cider vinegar can help take the itch out of bug bites. It is less acidic than other vinegars and can help restore the pH balance to the skin around bites. For individual bites, put a few drops of ACV on a cotton ball, and dab it on. For bites all over, add two to three cups of vinegar to a warm bath, and soak. Don’t worry- you won’t smell like vinegar; the smell dissipates quickly.

Baking Soda

Plain old baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can lower inflammation and relieve itching. To treat bites, make a paste with baking soda and water and apply to the bite.

Lavender Essential Oil

With its antimicrobial properties, lavender essential oil is ideal for insect bites. As an anti-inflammatory agent, lavender oil also helps to reduce redness, itching, and swelling.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil for insect bites

This essential oil creates a cooling sensation, which reaches the brain faster than that itchy feeling caused by insect bites. The brain can only perceive one sensation at a time, so peppermint oil can essentially block the itching, providing temporary relief.

Tamanu Oil

Found in the nut of a tropical tree, tamanu oil has a wealth of properties that make it well-suited for treating insect bites and stings. It helps relieve pain and itching associated with bites. Tamanu oil also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling and redness. Finally, it promotes healing of tissues and supports the formation of new, healthy skin. Tamanu oil is found in Verefina First Aid Stick and First Aid Ointment. These first aid products also contain lavender and tea tree essential oils, so they are ideal for use on insect bites.

Tea Bags

A cooled tea bag can work wonders for bites. The tannins in the tea help to reduce swelling by drawing excess fluids out of the affected area. Tannins also help pull toxins from insect bites.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Like lavender essential oil, tea tree oil is antimicrobial, making it useful for healing infections. It is anti-inflammatory as well, so it can decrease itching, swelling, and pain. To treat insect stings with tea tree essential oil, first remove the stinger. Then apply tea tree oil diluted with a carrier oil to the affected area.

Witch Hazel

A natural astringent, witch hazel is found in many personal care products. It works especially well in combination with baking soda. When blended with baking soda, witch hazel helps pull fluids out of and reduce inflammation around insect bites. Simply blend a little bit of baking soda into a small amount of witch hazel until a paste forms; apply to affected areas.

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New Year, New Site

It’s a new year, and there are some exciting changes at Verefina. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Verefina is a wellness company specializing in natural body care products. These products include a facial care line, soaps and lotions for the whole family, all-natural first aid, immune support products, essential oils, and more.

Verefina is dedicated to making high-quality products at affordable prices. Unlike many other personal care products, Verefina products are free of harmful ingredients such as sulfates, triclosan, artificial colors and fragrances, and petrochemicals. Containing ingredients such as plant oils, essential oils, and aloe vera, Verefina’s products are loaded with naturally-occuring vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support skin health.

As a Verefina consultant- and now an affiliate- I have enjoyed sharing these amazing products with my family, friends, and others. And I am excited about the changes that Verefina has recently made. Their new website is easy to use and allows customers to review products. In addition to products, gift cards are also now available for purchase.

Verefina also now has affiliate and distributor programs. Affiliates can earn a commission on all sales that they refer as well as earn commissions on the sales of affiliates that they recruit. Distributors can sell Verefina products to their current customer base. Details about both of these programs can be found on the new Verefina site.

Verefina turns 3 this month. In honor of their third anniversary, Verefina is giving $10 off for every $30 that you spend.

 

Verefina Holiday Traditions: Mini First Aid Sticks and Immunity Roll-Ons

Verefina’s Holiday Traditions products and packages are back again this year! Among the packages are the Little Miracles and Health for the Holidays Gift Sets. Both make a great little gift or stocking stuffer.

Little Miracles Gift Set

The Little Miracles Gift Set includes a choice of 6 or 12 Mini First Aid Sticks. First Verefina Mini First Aid StickAid Sticks are a Verefina best-seller and a year-round must-have. Made with 100% natural ingredients, the Mini First Aid Sticks can be used to treat a range of minor skin problems, including dried or cracked skin, chapped lips, cuts, scrapes, minor burns, cold sores, insect bites and stings, and acne. Mini First Aid Stick are lip balm sized, so they fit easily into a purse, backpack, diaper bag, or pocket.

Health for the Holidays Gift Set

Another Verefina best-seller, the Immunity Roll-On, is also available in a gift set Verefina Immunity Roll-Onduring the holidays. The Health for the Holidays Gift Set comes with 6 or 12 Immunity Roll-Ons. The Immunity Roll-On is made with a blend of five essential oils- cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary- that work synergistically to support immune health. This immunity blend is a household essential during the winter months.

Both gift sets come with pillow boxes and crinkle paper, making it easy to the give the gift of good health to family and friends!

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All single items in the Verefina catalog are 15% off this week, so I’m highlighting some of my favorite products. Yesterday I looked at the facial masks, and today I’m going to focus on a couple of products in the first aid line: First Aid Ointment and First Aid Stick.

Where do I begin with the First Aid Ointment and Stick? They are AWESOME. I absolutely love this stuff! Let me tell you why. First of all, the First Aid Ointment and Stick are 100% natural, so I feel good about using them myself and for the rest of my family. They are wonderful for just about any minor skin issue you can think of: cuts and scrapes; insect bites and stings; acne; dry, chapped, or cracked skin or lips; diaper rash; and other rashes.

The First Aid Ointment and Stick contain essential oils with known antimicrobial properties, so they help prevent infections in cuts and scrapes. They also has a variety of moisturizing plant oils that help treat dry or irritated skin.

The First Aid Ointment and Stick are available in several sizes: mini First Aid Stick, regular First Aid Stick, Mini First Aid Ointment, and regular First Aid Ointment.

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Verefina Back-to-School Blowout!

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Verefina’s Back-to-School Blowout starts August 1! To order, visit katiez.verefina.net.

15% OFF BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKAGES

Perfect Attendance Package — $28.48 (Regularly $33.50)
Kids Lotion • Mini First Aid Stick • Immunity Roll-On (Great for grade school students!)

This package contains a signature Verefina Kids Lotion (your choice of scent) to keep skin soft and healthy, a Mini First Aid Stick to help heal all those scrapes and scratches from the playground, and an Immunity Roll-On to help keep kids’ immune systems healthy and strong all year long. This package is a must for all grade school students!

Confident Student Package — $43.35 (Regularly $51.00)
Lemon Coconut Creamy Facial Cleanser • Mini First Aid Stick • Moisturizing Deodorant Cream • Lip Scrub (Great for ages 13 and Up!)

This package contains Verefina’s top-selling Lemon Coconut Creamy Facial Cleanser to keep skin clear and healthy. Our Mini First Aid Stick is small enough to keep close by for treating embarrassing breakouts fast! Included is a Moisturizing Deodorant Cream to keep your student refreshed and smelling great throughout the day. Verefina’s yummy Lip Scrub is also included as a treat! It works as both an exfoliator and a moisturizer for the lips! This package contains all the items that a teen and young adult will need to feel confident and ready to face the hallways at school!

Ultimate Back-to-School Package! — $65.45 (Regularly $77.00)
Lemon Coconut Creamy Facial Cleanser • Mini First Aid Stick (3-Pack) • Immunity Roll-On • Moisturizing Deodorant Cream • Lip Scrub • Lip Balm/Butter (Great for all ages including College Students!)

This package contains Verefina’s top-selling Lemon Coconut Facial Cleanser, Mini First Aid Stick 3-Pack, Immunity Roll-On, and Moisturizing Deodorant Cream, along with a yummy Lip Scrub, and Lip Balm or Butter. This package is for those who really want to be prepared for a great school year!

ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE BUY 2 GET, 1 FREE SALE:

  •  Lemon Coconut Creamy Facial Cleanser 
  •  Fruit Enzyme Cleanser
  •  Cocoa Facial Mask
  •  Fruit Smoothie Facial Mask
  •  Cherry Lime Facial Mask
  •  Moisturizing Deodorant Cream
  •  Immunity Roll-On
  •  First Aid Stick
  •  Lip Butters
  •  Lip Balms
  •  Lip Scrubs

To receive your 3rd item FREE, simply choose the item from the “Back-to-School Blowout” category on your Verefina Consultant’s website and add it to your shopping cart. You will then be prompted to select the scent or flavor (if applicable) for all three items. You may also place your order by contacting your consultant and she/he will place the order for you!

MYSTERY GIFT!

Host a Verefina Party during the month of August and receive a FREE Mystery Gift(s)* which will be chosen by us! The minimum retail value of the gift(s) will be $10 and will increase based on your party total! Contact your Verefina Consultant to book your party!