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2. Ice.

Sometimes, the simplest remedies can be the most effective. An ice pack or ice cube applied directly to an insect bite will both numb the pain and reduce inflammation. Ice is an easy solution that also combines well with any of the other treatments on this list.

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:11PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013


5:39AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Very useful info - bugs always seem to make a beeline for me lol.... TYVM

4:09AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013


6:42AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Meat tenderizer, rubbed into dampened quickly! (Use the unseasoned smells better.)

8:05PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Many thanks for this :)

11:20PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Lavender oil works for just about everything. Mud definitely works on bee stings. Thanks Anna B. for the reminder about plantain- there are no weeds in my world; they all have a use, or 10!

If you're prone to allergies or want to play it safe, mix lavender essential oil into another oil, like coconut or olive, so it won't irritate the skin. It's safe to use undiluted, but if you're itching like mad, you don't want to risk getting a rash on top of it! I like to add other skin nourishing oils, rose water and aloe vera gel, too.

I'd stay away from toothpaste and mouthwash- they are usually registered drugs for starters, and not for topical use. Also, few of them contain any real mint, but instead "natural flavors" derived from petroleum. And, I wouldn't recommend using peppermint oil on irritated skin; it's very strong!

12:39PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Wish I had gotten these tips a few days ago!

10:00PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

thanks for the tips!

5:35PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Copper is taking away itching sensation and swelling, so if you have 1 cent with you, than rub with it the effected area. It should help right away.

11:41AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Great tips.

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