Having recently left NYC for the Adirondack Coast and feeling like a little fish in a big pond, I’m convinced that there are more and more mosquitoes on the prowl, looking for innocent victims to support their next meal. There’s nothing worse than getting bitten on your fingers and toes. I’m living the dream this very instant! As some folks have continued to remind me, my city blood just needs to get used to it, build up an immunity!
In an attempt to adjust to my new environs more gracefully, I’ve been busy watching movies that remind me of my latest adventure or remind me of my hometown of NYC — we’re talking specifically about classics like, The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, Baby Boom, (ahem, sans the baby), Arthur and of course, Tootsie, Saturday Night Fever, Breakfast at Tiffanies and Annie Hall.
But back to all those mosquito bites…besides doing a daily count, I’ve been very interested in finding something to stop all the itching and swelling! Then I remembered some of the natural and or ayurvedic remedies my Mom would recommend when my sister and I would come home from summer camp all red and itchy!
My top three natural remedies for mosquito bites — the nasty kind that wake you up in the middle of the night begging for some scratching attention:
– Baking Soda – take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix with a few drops of water, creating a paste. Place paste on mosquito bite and leave for a few minutes. Wash with cool water. Works well on reducing the itching and the swelling.
– Onion – seriously, it works! The enzymes found in an onion act as an anti-inflammatory. Take a slice of onion and rub it on the insect bite.
– Tea Tree and Lavender oils can also be used. Tea Tree oil aids in sterilizing the infection, while lavender oil aids with its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
And a special nod to a B-I-G bucket of ice, my boyfriend’s idea — definitely good for temporarily relieving those nasty toe bites while you watch whatever is waiting for you in your Netflix queue.