Mosquito and Insect Bites

mosquito-1652561_1280We were in Coimbatore last week. Our first time at work with Zoya in tow. The humidity was killing, otherwise very manageable. But, Singh got bitten by a red ant. It fell from a banyan tree onto his arm. One of those on-steroid-type-length varieties. That ant was huge! His arm swelled up and was red and itchy.

What does one do in such cases other than eating anti-allergy tablets?

– Apply an ice pack to numb the arm so that you don’t scratch it.

– Rub a dry bar of soap or a little toothpaste over the itch.

– Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply a layer directly over the bite.

– Apply full strength Lavender Essential Oil over the bite.

– Rub fresh lemon on the bite.

Here is a herbal alternative to the mosquito repellant creams available in the market:

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 tbsp dried basil crushed
  • 1 stalk of dried lemon grass
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp Lavender Essential Oil

– Dry the basil and lemon grass in the shade for a few days.

– Mix the vodka, basil, lemon grass and cinnamon stick in a covered jar and let it sit for 10 to 15 days.

– Strain the mixture into a bottle of your choice (i love the squirty types). Add the lavender essential oil to it.

When you need to use it, just dab a bit onto your hand and rub it onto the exposed body parts.

It’s alcohol, so keep it away from your child’s eyes and mouth.

I also love the electric mosquito swatters. When Singh waves it around at night, Zoya gets to see “Bat Man” in action.

UPDATE –  Adding 10 to 15 drops of Citronella Oil is good.


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