Natural Cures for Insect Bites

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Things to Avoid for Insect Bites

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First things first, never use DEET as this is toxic dangerous stuff.

Natural insect repellents include Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard, Bite Blocker, Buzz Away, Green Ban for People, Natrapel.

Many of these natural repellents use the plant citronella.  In one Canadian study Bite Blocker to be more effective then a repellent using DEET.

Another trick is to consume 100 mg of vitamin B1 daily for mosquito and other insect bites.

Yet another trick is to use 'Skin So Soft' a bath oil insects like mosquitos and ticks can't stand.

Applying apple cider vinegar to the bite topically, is a good antiseptic and can reduce the itching.

A nifty 'all-star' home-made mixture of 1 tablespoon citronella oil plus 2 cups white vinegar plus 1 cup water plus 1 cup Avon Skin So Soft can get the best of all worlds.

Once you are bitten there are tricks for that too.  A mixture of "Adolph's Meat Tenderizer" and vinegar can help.  As can baking soda applied topically with apple cider vinegar dripping on it until it fizzes.

Cut onion can help to reduce the swelling and itching  (the prostaglandins can reduce swelling and inflammation).

Hot water applied for a couple of seconds to the insect bite can overload your nerves and blank out the itching.

Herbs that help include jewelweed and plantain.

Garlic can scare away fleas, ticks, parasites and people!.  Brewers yeast (and probably nutritional yeast) work as well because they are eliminated through the sweat glands.

Some have reported luck with alfalfa pills for fleas.
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