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insect bites remedies

Posted by samtom 9 FL (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 15, 14 at 8:16

I have used a chickweed salve and most bites clear up in a day or so.However I have one that continues to itch after several days, I had thought. It a chigger or mosquito bite.

Any suggestions?


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RE: insect bites remedies

Don't itch! :) Seriously, itching only makes it worse.

But my favorite herb for that is mashed fresh plantain (Plantago major) leaf applied to bite. Works great and is free. Look for it in any untreated lawn.


RE: insect bites remedies

Regular laundry ammonia will neutralize the poison in most bug bites as well. It can be corrosive, so use with caution. I usually just apply a bit to the exact bite location with an earswab, and rinse off with water after the pain or itch begins to subside.

If your bite continues to be bothersome and develops an expanding pink area, suspect exposure to Lyme or some other disease and get it checked out.

RE: insect bites remedies

  • Posted by JCTsai 8B - Yulee, FL (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 11, 14 at 20:02

Try aloe vera

RE: insect bites remedies

How do you make the chickweed salve. I have tons of it growing in my back yard.

RE: insect bites remedies

I make both plantain and calendula into salves. Dry the botanicals and add to olive oil when dry. Place in a warm place for 2-3 weeks and gently turn and rock it daily. Strain with cheescloth. Warm oil and add beeswax. A drop of mixture on a cold plate should give you an idea how firm the salve will be. Once you've added enough beeswax, pour in jars and cover. That's it. Simple and so useful! I use for dry skin, bug bites, and general skin complaints.


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