Bites from mosquito’s and insects are puncture wounds on our skin. Mosquito’s suck out blood and leave a small wound on our skin after biting. Other insects like bees and wasps whose stings contain venom, when bitten leave stings on our skin causing immediate reactions like itching, swelling, pain and redness of skin. The bites from insects and mosquitos are mostly not severe but can be annoying. Only in some cases, the infection caused by the bites can be life threatening.
Mosquito and insect bites are very common as they are present everywhere. Certain insect bites might be harmful as they have stings and can lead to certain diseases if not treated on time. The insect strings when stung on the skin causes irritation and pain. There can be swelling with red bumps and may have itching sensation too.
Insect and mosquito bites can be treated with herbs which are easily available to us. The herbs provide instant relief from the pain and there are no side effects too.
Here are few home remedies to treat insect and mosquito bites:
- Rub the bark of Audumbara tree (cluster fig tree) on a stone with water and make a paste. This paste should be applied over the skin which is afflicted by boils or mosquito bites. Allow the paste to dry on the skin and reapply after a few hours. This is a very simple home remedy for people whose skin is sensitive to insect bites and this can also be used to treat boils on skin.
- The flour from the uttarani seeds can be mixed in water and apply on the skin where there is insect bites.
- Peel the banana and rub the inner part of banana skin directly on the affected area to get rid of itch and sting. After some time wash it off with water.
- Mix ½ tsp of each turmeric and sandalwood powder and apply on the wounds to get a soothing sensation.
- Take little neem powder and make paste adding little water. Apply the paste on the affected area and leave for 15 minutes. Wash it this cold water.
- Get few fresh tulasi Crush them and pound to coarse paste. Apply on the affected skin.
- Remove slowly the sting from the skin and wash it with plain water using antiseptic soap.
- After removing stings, soak a clean cotton cloth in water and press it gently on the affected skin.
- Slice a raw papaya piece and apply on the affected part to slow down the swelling effect. Medicinal enzymes that are present in papaya helps heal the bites of insects and mosquitos.
- Rubbing gently the affected skin with a sliced onion piece also gives you relief from itch.
- Massage the affected skin with a small piece of aloe-vera stem or with aloe-vera gel. This herb is very effective for any kind of skin irritations and bites. It alleviates the swelling and itchiness and forms a protective layer on the skin.
- Take a clean cloth or a cotton ball, dip into raw honey and apply this onto the affected skin parts. Raw honey has powerful anti-microbial properties that help to relieve the itching sensation and also prevent from infection.
- When insect or mosquito bites, immediately Wash the affected skin area thoroughly with herbal soap water and remove the stings using a straight edged object.
- Place an ice wrapped clean cloth on the affected area. Repeat this for every 15 minutes.
- Do not remove the stings using sharp objects.
- Keep calm and take a deep breathe.
- Consult an Ayurveda physician in case of emergency such as difficulty in breathing, body turning blue, swelling on the face, wheezing etc.
- Audumbara: also known as atthi mara, gular, cluster fig/country fig etc. is an Ayurveda herb popular since Vedic period. Audumbara helps in heavy bleeding during periods, to heal fractured bones, wounds, gastritis, eye related problems, to improve skin tone, reduces excess thirst, nasal bleedings, improves taste and also helps to relieve swelling. Unripe figs are used in the preparation of pickles, chutney, curry, sabji etc. they can be preserved by adding salt to it for longer time.
- Uttarani: known as prickly chaff, apamarga, nayuruvi, kadaladi etc. is one of the strong and powerful Ayurveda herb used in the preparation of different medicines. Uttarani plants, root, seed, leaves and whole plant is used in treating diseases. The plant treats urinary disorders, bloating, gastritis, stomach ache, bleeding disorders, piles, hiccups, cardiac disorders etc. External application of uttarani paste relieves itching, pain and swelling due to bites and wounds. However, pregnant women should be careful while taking this as it is said to induce abortion. Do consult an Ayurveda physician before using the herb.
- Turmeric: one of the widely used Ayurveda herb/spice used all over the world. It treats skin, heart, liver, lungs etc. and used for bleeding disorders, skin diseases, epilepsy, to expel kapha and to purify body. Turmeric regulates female reproductive system, purifies uterus and breast milk and also builds & purifies semen in men too.
- Sandalwood: known as chandana, is a coolant used in Ayurveda for burning sensation and gastritis. The tree is considered sacred and has an excellent fragrance. Sandalwood powder has antibacterial properties which fight against acne, pimple, sunburn, wrinkle, blemishes, dry skin etc. Chandana/sandalwood in India is used for all auspicious occasions as it is considered as holy/pure.
- Neem: one of the bitter herbs in Ayurveda which are used extensively in medicines. Neem is also known as margosa, the herb cools body because it has sheeta guna/quality. Neem is effective in relieving cough, fever, tiredness, improves digesting, heals wounds quickly, relieves from vomiting and nausea, useful in skin diseases and also helpful for diabetics.
- Tulasi: is a holy plant considered as mother of medicine and queen of herbs. In India, tulasi is worshiped as goddess and every part of the herb is considered sacred and used in medicine as well. The plant can be found in every Hindu home across the country. Tulasi is used in the treatment of fever, cold, cough, headache etc. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
- Papaya: known as “Erandkarkati” in Ayurveda is rich in vitamin A, B, C, sodium and potassium. Papaya balances tridosha (vata, pitta and kapha). Its fruit, seeds and leaves are all extensively used in the treatment of skin disorders, piles, bleeding disorders, constipation, insect bites etc.
- Aloe Vera: known as kumari or ghrita kumara in Ayurveda is widely used herb used in the treatment of skin disorders, constipation, bleeding disorders, wound healing etc. Aloe vera contains transparent gel which in 96% water and the rest 4% contains vitamin A, B, C, E, calcium, and amino acids. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties which soothes many skin ailments and increases blood flow to the wounded area and helps in healing.
- Honey: Honey is a wonderful gift from nature to us. Honey is sweet, heavy, astringent and cold in potency. It contains sugar like fructose, glucose, maltose along with proteins, minerals, fats, enzymes and amino acids. Honey improves digestion, heals wounds, good for vision and heart, improves skin etc. Never heat or cook honey. Honey is incompatible with ghee and sesame oil when used in equal quantities.
The information & Remedies provided on the website is for informational purpose only and has to be approved by your doctor before proceeding for self-medication. Any remedies and its benefits and uses given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether to treat any common ailments you or your family members may suffer without consulting a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or Doctor.
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