With Summer time and being outdoors, I tend to get insect bites and rashes. I found this great homemade after bug bite itch treatment that helps relieve the itchiness and it is also cooling, I thought I would share with you all. With a few simple ingredients you may already have, just mix them up and get instant relief from insect bites and rashes.
This recipe can be scaled up, depending on how much you need. I store mine in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to keep cool and fresh.
2 Tbsp. Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel
1/2 tsp. Witch Hazel
1/2 tsp water
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional)
- Measure and add baking soda to a small bowl (jar)
- Add Aloe Vera Gel and witch hazel, stir to incorporate.
- Add water stir to get smooth paste.
- Add drops of mint essential oil (optional).
- Rub paste over itchy areas, let dry, brush off or wipe away.
I used the particular Aloe Vera Gel from Green Leaf Naturals in the link because it is a more liquid formula that gel-like, but use whatever you already have on hand. This is not critical. I do warn though, that this particular aloe vera gel has xanthan gum as one of the ingredients to help stabilize it. So do your research, some people are sensitive to xanthan gum and choose another aloe vera gel. Be careful, as there are some aloe vera gel that are not close to 100%, with lots of other ingredients (preservatives). This one is 99.75% Organic, with citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), and xanthan gum.
The peppermint essential oil is optional, but it helps with cooling the insect bite or rash as well as being refrigerated. You can use any mint essential oil or none, it just gives it a refreshing scent as well as a cooling effect. I’m partial to peppermint, which I already had on hand.
I hope this helps you have more fun enjoying the summertime outdoors.