Quick Tips for Avoiding and Treating Bug Bites and Stings

Try these helpful tips for preventing bug bites and treating itching and pain associated with insect bites and stings.

Repel bugs naturally

Mix two drops of essential oil (like geranium, peppermint or eucalyptus, available at health food stores) into two teaspoons of water. Rub the mixture on skin.

Apply cold first aid

Hold an ice pack wrapped in cloth on a bite for 15 to 20 minutes. The cold will ease both swelling and itching by reducing blood flow to the wound site.

Relieve pain

Smear toothpaste or a baking soda paste (3 teaspoons of baking soda to 1 teaspoon of water) on a bug bite or sting several times a day until pain and swelling subside.

From our sister publication, REMEDY (Summer 2011)

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at HealthCommunities.com

Published: 10 May 2011

Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014