Don’t Bug Me

Mosquitos love me. I don’t know why. If there is a mosquito in the ‘hood, it will find me, and attempt to eat me alive.

This year the insects seem to be of epic proportions. Their bites are red, raised and itchy.

But hey, no worries…relief is often found in your kitchen cupboard!

Apple Cider Vinegar has antiseptic properties and takes away the redness and itching associated with insect bites.  Mix a little of the vinegar with water, and apply it with a cotton ball to the affected area.

Vodka can also relieve the itchiness. Icy cold vodka, stored in the freezer of course, combines the antibacterial properties of alcohol, with the comfort of a cold compress. Apply it directly to the area with a washcloth. If you do not find relief right away, pour it into a glass, add a twist of lemon and drink it!

That brings us to our next cure, lemon juice. It is a natural detoxifier,  which helps to reduce swelling and itching. Squeeze the lemon into icy cold water, and apply with a washcloth, or spray bottle.

Lavender oil is said to have soothing properties for the skin. It is also reportedly a natural bug repellant. Spray a little lavender oil on your skin before exposure, to help avoid annoying insect bites in the first place.

Photo: Glasshouse Images

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