Monday, May 20, 2013
Mosquito Part Three (Finale)
We've all felt the itch of mosquito bites. Even with all the precautions mentioned in Part One, Part 2 A and Part Two B, you can still end up itching. Lady mosquitoes (male skeeters don't bite) inject their saliva into your skin when they bite. The saliva prevents blood clotting and allows the insect to feed uninhibited. It is the saliva that creates the bump and the itch.
The best method for relief is not to scratch but if you are like me then that isn't happening. I have no will power in this area. The options I choose from then are:
1. A baking soda paste- mix baking soda with a bit of water to form a paste and apply to each bite.
2. Bath in your tub with 1 cup of baking soda and 1tsp. lavender essential oil. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. (This is my favorite and feels heavenly!)
3. A drop of tea tree essential oil or lavender EO dabbed on your bites will bring relief.
4. For a splash: 1 part apple cider vinegar mixed with 3 parts water. Stand in tub and splash on areas that are causing you discomfort.
5. You can dab neem base oil onto your bites and also aloe vera.
Of course there are always the standard OTC remedies too: Benedryl (topical and pill), calamine lotion etc.
To purge your body of toxins from the saliva of the mosquitoes drink red clover tea. It is actually a really yummy herbal tea with no stimulants. (Pregnant women or those having surgery should avoid drinking it.)
There ya go folks. Have a great, mosquito bite free rest of spring and summer! I'm off for a baking
soda and lavender soak! Thank goodness these skeeters are only supposed to be around for a couple of more weeks. They are special type thanks to our spring flood. You can read about it here!