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We've been enjoying lots of time outside, and have been bitten by so many mosquitoes! Is there a natural way to relieve the itching, or even to deter the mosquitoes themselves?? I know about not having water puddles around, and I know there are mosquito-catcher devices, but they seem very expensive. Anything else?
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This is the best way I've found to relieve really itchy insect bites: Take a small rock - one with a rough, sort of gritty surface is best - and push it down on the bite while you twist it a little. Do it as hard as you can without making yourself bleed, and keep doing it until the bite stops itching. I find that gives pretty long-lasting relief, though it does rough up the skin a bit.
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We've been enjoying lots of time outside, and have been bitten by so many mosquitoes! Is there a natural way to relieve the itching, or even to deter the mosquitoes themselves?? I know about not having water puddles around, and I know there are mosquito-catcher devices, but they seem very expensive. Anything else?
to repel mosquitoes I use a blend of essential oils- PM me for more information. For bites, I use plantain herb(grows in lawns everywhere) or with hazel mixed with a bit of lavender and german chamomile essential oils.
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My grandmother used vinegar on us to relieve the itching. I do it at night sometimes and it works.
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Thanks, mamas! I have been using witch hazel on the bites and it really helps. The kids find it soothing on their mosquito bites too.
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making a paste out of baking soda can help too. and it works great for bee stings too.
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Tea Tree Oil works great!
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Calamine Lotion. Works especially good on black fly bites here in the good old northeast.
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Maybe corn starch.

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