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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Natural Cures for Summertime Bug Bites and Sunburns

When we think of summer it's hard not to picture: cook-outs, swimming pools, ice-cold lemonade, camp fires, and sleep-outs under the stars! Don't let bug bites and sunshine interfere with your family fun! Here are a few of our favorite home remedies to prevent & cure those itchy bites and painful sunburns.
tea tree

Insect Bites

  • Natural repellents
    • Citronella (candles).
    • Calendula, cedar, eucalyptus, and/or tea tree [pictured, right] oil in a candle, oil diffuser, spray, ointment or lotion.
  • Edible prevention: eat foods rich in Thiamin (Vitamin B1) like fish, brown rice, molasses and wheat germ before spending time outside to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Avoid
    • Eating refined sugar (which makes skin give off a sweet smell that attracts mosquitos).
    • Perfume, hairspray and other scented cosmetics

  • For ant, mosquito or mite bites, wash the area with soap and water. Next, apply a paste made of baking soda and water. If the bite is on a limb, elevate the limb to minimize swelling.
  • Rub a cut onion on an insect bite for a powerful antioxidant treatment.


  • Wear sunblock (at least SPF 15) and minimize sun exposure during peak hours (10am - 3pm).

  • Aloe vera gel. Choose a brand without any mineral oil, waxes, alcohol or coloring.
  • Calendula salve
  • Herbal bath to minimize stinging and pain of a sunburn.
    • Add 6 cups of chamomile tea or 6 drops of chamomile oil to a lukewarm tubful of water. Soak in the bath for about 30 minutes.
    • Lavender oil can be used in place of camomile in this treatment.
  • For more immediate relief, use a cool compress. Alternatively, dissolve one pound of baking soda in a tubful of water and soak in the bath for about 30 minutes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate
  • Edible treatment
    • Eat high-protein foods for tissue repair
    • Eat raw fruits and vegetables to supply vitamins and minerals for healing

[Camomile Flowers]

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