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#1 of 27 Old 06-27-2006, 01:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have any favorite potions to apply to mosquito bites to stop the itching? My poor son is covered in swollen and itchy bites!

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This is when I would break out the cortisone cream. If he is covered with bites, that would warrant an emergency in my book.
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We have always used lavender EO.

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Inside of a banana skin.
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Maybe a little paste made of baking soda and water applied to the bites? Or a soak in a tub with baking soda added to the bath water?
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Haven't done the banana peel thing, but I've done the others and they work great.
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Wow - thanks for all the suggestions! Some that I wouldn't have thought of!

I'll give them a try....

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But the really best cure for a mosquito or bee sting????? Wad up some tobacco and spit on it--slap it on! Seriously. It's a bummer no-one smokes anymore. I'm tempted to go buy a pack to enhance the first aid kit.
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Homeopathic cream - I have a tube called Ssting stop by? and Hyland's makes a Bug Bite Stick

both include ledum, nettles and a few others and both will stop itching fast.

It seems that the Sting Stop ointment works better - but it smells bad.

I get super itchy swollen hive like bumps too...this stuff works. I don't leave the house w/o in the summer.

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Praise Jesus, I'm going to try the banana peel, vinegar, and lavernder EO ASAP.
I'm not sure why, but I seem to be a magnet for mosquitos, and BS gets a bit messy when it dries/not practical for daytime use, but it is fine for evening, when I'm not running around or sitting cross legged and brushing all the semi-dry BS off!
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I usually slap on some calamine lotion.
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Yeah caladryl is awesome, it just makes you get a pepto bismol colored spot on your for a little while

Type A+ blood types get chewed up by mosquitos a lot, it's their favorite blood type. (I am one too).
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Funny - I'm A+ blood type but don't seem to be bothered by the bites. I do get bitten, but they just don't itch much....

Not sure what blood type my son is, but boy those bugs love him!

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Yeah the itching is a separate story - how much they itch is a personal thing.

Hope your baby feels better!

After he's out all day and if he gets bites, a baking soda bath will soothe the stings and dry them up very fast so he can sleep well. To boost the sleepiness, you can add chamomile or lavender oil to the baking soda bath! The lavender will help with the itching too.
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swimming in salt water
aloe vera
apple cider vinegar
tea tree oil
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if applying lavendar EO, do you have to dilute it in a carrier oil? or can it be applied directly to the bite? i know you're not supposed to apply some EO's directly to the skin because they're too strong.

and TTO...can't believe I never thought of this! one-stop product for my two biggest skin issues...acne and big, hive-like mosquito bites. gotta love natural body care!

(oh, and I'm O- blood type and get RAVAGED by mosquitos, I can't imagine it being any worse. I can't believe they like A+ the best...and I thought I had it bad!!)
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Yes, you can put lavendar EO directly on skin.

Witch hazel is also soothing to put on itchies.

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Type A+ blood types get chewed up by mosquitos a lot, it's their favorite blood type. (I am one too).
Hey, I never knew that. I'm the total mosquito magnet in my family (no one else needs bug protection as long as I'm around) and I'm A+. Hmmmm.... Do you know why?
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I have a A- blood type and they LOVE me (even if I wear some sort of repellant). Very wierd.
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We use straight Lavender EO
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An herbal book I have (got 3 new ones at the same time, so don't remember which advice was in which) said that plantain (the flat leafed "weed" in most yards in america, I had to do a google to find out what it looked like, didn't know the name of it) leaves are good for bug bites (& burns & something else (bruises maybe?). It said as long as you know the yard hasn't been treated w/ pesticides, to just pick a leaf, chew it up to make a "spit poltice" and then slap it on, supposed to draw out the poison I think . . . going on memory here.

Anyway, I filed that away in my brain as a quick easy way to deal w/ all kinds of "we're outside playing & got hurt" type things, since it's right there).
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Sweetpeas, explain thyself.

Your post didn't make a lick o' sense...

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Hmm, my brother and I are both O- and get bit more than anyone else around us. If we're standing in a group, we'll be the ones that get eaten alive. I always thought it was cuz we love soda and maybe our blood sugar level attracted them or something
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we use plaintain. i don't chew it, though. just crush it with my fingers until it's juicy.

spastica, here are links about it:

http://www.redmoonherbs.com/articles/plantain.php

http://www.alive.com/2867a9a2.php?text_page=2

http://www.motherearthliving.com/iss...ent_207-1.html

there is a broadleaf plaintain (pictured in some of the links above) and a narrow leaf plaintain and they both have medicinal properties. you can google for a picture of both. i can't say that it's a miraculous itch cure for us, but it does seem to help and doesn't seem to hurt.

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jewelweed

it grows in moist shady areas like floodplains. 2-3' high, soft green leaves, and little orange flowers that hang down like an earring. bruise the leaf in your fingers and rub it on the bite.

not sure what areas it is in, but we had tons of it in ohio.
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My dd gets HUGE welts from her "mosskeetoe" bites. I tried a dab of plain old white vinegar and you can barely see it this morning.....this on a girl that swells beyond fifty-cent piece size! for vinegar
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