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How to Prevent and Treat Insect Bites Without Harsh Chemicals

Insect Bites

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  • Preventive measures to avoid getting bit by insects such as mosquitoes include: avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk—especially when sweaty—draining stagnant water sources, planting marigolds around your yard, installing bat boxes
  • The following can be used to repel bugs: Vick's Vaporub®; cinnamon leaf oil; clear liquid vanilla extract mixed with olive oil; citronella soap and 100% pure citronella essential oil; catnip oil
  • Most commercial insect repellants contain a chemical known as DEET, which should be used with caution, if at all. Many studies have found DEET to have harmful effects
  • Herbs and other natural agents can help soothe itchy bites, such as: aloe vera, calendula, cinnamon, chamomile, lavender, Neem oil, tea tree oil, basil, peppermint, lemon and lime, and baking soda mixed with witch hazel
  • Using either ice or heat are other options that can help ease the discomfort associated with bug bites. Research has shown that locally administrated heat leads to fast amelioration of symptoms such as swelling, pruritus, and pain

By Dr. Mercola

Summertime calls most of us to spend time outdoors. Alas, bugs can be a real buzz-kill at best, and carriers of disease at worst. Additionally, most commercial insect repellants contain a chemical known as DEET, which should be used with caution, if at all. Many studies have found DEET to have harmful effects.


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