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Monday, August 27, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Natural Insect Bite Treatments


Natural Insect Bite Treatments

by Chet Day

There are almost as many natural insect bite treatments as there are seeds in a pomegranate.

Here are a few of the more interesting home remedies for insect stings that I've run into over the years.

Soak the affected area with vinegar.

Put a cotton ball dipped in ammonia on the bite to draw out the stinger and reduce the pain and itch.

Smash up a clove of garlic and place the poultice on the affected area.

Spread some honey onto a clean cloth. Place an ice cube on top of the honey. Wrap up the cloth and place on affected area, honey side next to the bite.

Kill a rattlesnake and then eat some of the meat every day for the next week. (I don't recommend this one since monkeying with rattlesnakes is dangerous, but I included it anyway because it's the oddest insect bite treatment I've ever heard of.)
My personal favorite is No. 4.

Amazingly enough, the honey insect bite treatment worked wonders for me last summer when a wasp decided to kick my ass for disturbing its territory while I was mowing the lawn.

I've never tried treatment No. 5 and have no intentions of doing so in the future.

Chet Day

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