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.

Sources:

Gardenista. “5 Natural Ways to Ease Bug Bite Itching.” Care2. 27 July 2013. Web 23 July 2015.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-natural-ways-to-ease-bug-bite-itching.html

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Mercola, Joseph. “Baking Soda Uses: To Remove Splinters– and to Address Many Other Health Needs.” Mercola.com. 27 August 2012. Web. 24 July 2015.

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Verefina Shea Butter Bar Soaps are Here

Verefina Shea Butter Bar Soaps

I’m excited to let you all know that Verefina’s Shea Butter Bar Soaps are now available. I’m currently using the Lavender Shea Butter Bar, and it is heavenly. Made with 100% natural ingredients, the Lavender Shea Butter Bar is scented with lavender essential oil  and is extremely moisturizing. I wrote about this new soap on Verefina’s blog a few weeks ago:

The Shea Butter Bar is made with a combination of carefully selected ingredients that soothe and protect the skin. Coconut oil and shea and cocoa butters moisturize the skin. These two butters also contain antioxidants that help heal damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins and the sun’s rays. Shea butter is a good source of vitamin A, a nutrient that can help address conditions such as blemishes, wrinkles, and dermatitis. Cocoa butter can aid healing of the skin, so it may help with problems such as dermatitis (source). Aloe vera juice contains high levels of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that help nourish the skin.

Because the Shea Butter Bar Soap contains so many healing ingredients, it is also safe for use on skin affected by eczema, psoriasis, and rashes. And it is free of sulfates, which can cause these conditions to flare up. Using one of Verefina’s three lotions after washing with the Shea Butter Bar can help lock moisture into the skin and prevent irritation.

The Shea Butter Bar is also safe for use on infants and children. The Lavender or Unscented bars are best for little ones. Always be careful to avoid the eyes.

With so many benefits, the whole family will love Verefina’s new Shea Butter Bars.

Sources:

Callahan, Christy. “The Benefits of Pure Cocoa Butter.” LiveStrong. 16 August 2013. Web. 22 February 2015.

Photo curtesy of Verefina.

Verefina Easter Sale Going on Now!

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Verefina’s Easter Sale is underway! From now through April 5th, get 20% off all items for babies and kids and FREE shipping on ALL orders!

If you haven’t yet tried Verefina’s baby and kids products, now is a great time to do so. Like the rest of the Verefina line, products for kids are free of harmful ingredients, such as sulfates, artificial fragrances, and parabens. Their baby soap contains aloe vera juice to soothe and hydrate baby’s delicate skin. It is also made with a combination of plant oils that provide moisture and nutrients such as vitamin E. Verefina baby lotion is available in unscented and lavender, which is lightly scented with lavender essential oil. This gentle lotion moisturizes your baby’s skin with natural ingredients including aloe vera juice, apricot kernel oil, and calendula flower extract.

Verefina’s kids line includes soap, lotion, and lip balm. These products come in three fun scents that your kids will love: bubblegum, orange squeeze, and root beer.

Try Verefina’s baby and kids products at a discounted price right now and enjoy free shipping on ALL orders until April 5.

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Is Triclosan Safe or Effective?

Beauty and science

A couple of months ago I started writing for the Verefina blog. My posts appear every two weeks on the Verefina site. This past week, I wrote about triclosan, a synthetic antibacterial agent found in soaps, toothpaste, and even kitchen utensils and toys. This over-use of triclosan is negatively impacting human, animal, and environmental health in a number of ways. Learn more about triclosan in my post Is Triclosan Safe or Effective?

17 Days of Lucky Deals from Verefina

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Verefina is offering 17 days of lucky deals on their toxin-free, natural products just for you!

HOW IT WORKS:

Each day, beginning TODAY, check my Facebook page or visit Verefina for the deal of the day. If you see a deal you love — GRAB IT, because the exact same deal may not be offered again during our “Try Your Luck” promotion!

Each deal will end at 11:59 pm (Mountain Time) and a new deal will be offered for the next day! The last deal will be offered on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) along with a brand new, highly anticipated product!

And remember, now is a great time to get a jump start on your shopping for these upcoming holidays and events: Easter, Mother’s Day, and Graduations.

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