Insect Bites are something that I really like to avoid. If I am bitten they always flare up and last for days and days driving me crazy with intermittant periods of itching. Prevention is always better than cure, but for some reason this year there is a pesky type of bug that keeps getting past my Insect Repellent and gifting me with period bites. It seems that just as I’ve calmed down and healed one bite, I wake up to a new one. Just as well I have my Aromatic First Aid for Insect Bites ready to use in my fridge.
According to the Mayoclinic.org
Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after mosquitoes use their mouthparts to puncture your skin and feed on your blood. The bump usually clears up on its own in a few days. Occasionally a mosquito bite causes a large area of swelling, soreness and redness. This type of reaction, most common in children, is sometimes referred to as skeeter syndrome.
Mosquito bite signs include:
- A puffy, white and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite
- A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps, appearing a day or so after the bite or bites
- Small blisters instead of hard bumps
- Dark spots that look like bruises
More-severe reactions may be experienced by children, adults not previously exposed to the type of mosquito that bit them, and people with immune system disorders. In these people, mosquito bites sometimes trigger:
- A large area of swelling and redness
- Low-grade fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
Children are more likely to develop a severe reaction than are adults, because many adults have had mosquito bites throughout their lives and become desensitized.
As soon as I feel the itch of a bite, I get my Melissa Hydrosol out of the Fridge. Usually, a few sprays of that are all I need to relieve the itching for a good few hours. I will repeat spraying as often as needed.
Depending on the size of the bite and where it is located, I have also found that using a cold compress with some analgesic, cooling, calming essential oils can be very helpful. There are a lot of oils that can be helpful for Insect Bites/Stings. You are looking for oils with analgesic, anti-itching, calming and cooling properties, which includes oils like Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool); Roman Chamomile ( Chamaemelum nobile); Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia); Melissa (Melissa officinalis); Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), among others.
For tips on how to make a compress see the article on Methods of Use and Applications.