Mosquitoes love you, and they are everywhere. You cannot escape from them even if you close all your windows and live in your castle forever. It can be the most annoying experience for you, especially during a vacation.
They come for your blood, but did you know that they have blood preferences? I almost burst into tears last summer when I vacationed with my family in Myrtle Beach. My family didn’t have a single bite, including my husband, which shares the bed with me.
I couldn’t show up at the beach because I had red itchy spots all over my body. I didn’t know the reason until very recently. It turns out that mosquitoes “love” type O blood people, which is my blood type.
A study showed that mosquitoes bite people with this blood type twice more than people with blood type A. If you are Type B, you fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Additionally, research has shown that around 85 percent of people send a secret through their skin, which is a chemical signal that “tells” mosquitoes the blood type.
The other 15 percent don’t do this, and thus, are less likely to suffer itchy attacks. So now that you know the secret, you know that you belong to a certain group.
We can help those who suffer the most, and also give a hint to those who don’t have this itchy issue a lot, but still need to know how to get rid of these bites.
There are numerous pharmaceutical solutions for the bites, especially if you are new at this, but there are also natural ways for which you don’t need to spend a penny or deal with chemical stuff. You can find these in your kitchen or at the green market. Here are some of them:
It has been sitting in your kitchen forever. You can cure your mosquito bite with the help of your breakfast friend. The reason why it helps is because it contains particular compounds that have anti-irritant qualities.
You need to make an oatmeal paste in the following way: mix oatmeal and water with the same amount in a bowl to get this paste substance. Put some of this in a spoon and on a washcloth. Then, put it with the paste side on the irritated skin. Hold for about ten minutes and rinse. You will soon be relieved.
For a bigger number of bites, you can also make a bath of oatmeal. Put one cup of oatmeal in your warm water in the tub and let it stay for 20 minutes. Then, jump in the bath and rub your skin with the oatmeal.
- Ice or cold water
The cold ice on your skin can lower the inflammation and numb the skin, which is a really fast way to relieve the itching and pain caused by mosquito bites. For this purpose you need a cold pack or a bag with crushed ice on the itchy spot.
Hold it for about 10 to 15 minutes, but not too long because if you leave it for a long time, it can damage your skin. In order to do this procedure in the right way, use a washcloth so as to have something between your skin and the ice. You will feel relieved soon and the swelling will also disappear.
In case you don’t keep ice in your fridge, you can hold your itchy area under a cold running tap for a couple of minutes. If this is too complicated for you, just use cold water in a bottle, or frozen vegetables.
This fragrant plant is a key to your Italian recipes, but it is also a great remedy for itchy mosquito bites. Research has shown that basil contains eugenol, which is a chemical substance that can relieve the itchy skin after a mosquito bite.
For making the basil rub you will need dry basil, water, and a washcloth. Boil two cups of water and then add one ounce of dried basil leaves. Then, leave it to steep and cool. After that take the washcloth, dip it into it and rub it to your irritated skin.
If you don’t have dried basil leaves, but you have the fresh plant, use these fresh leaves to stop the pain. Chop the basil leaves and rub them on your skin.
- Garlic and onion
If you didn’t have oatmeal, I bet you all keep onion or garlic in your fridge. We put them in almost every dish and they make our meal perfect. Luckily for us, they are a great remedy for many diseases, but they also help in reducing the swelling and calm the itchy mosquito bites. With their strong smell, they keep mosquitoes and other insects far away from you.
Onion can be a lot more than a tear-trigger. You just need to put a freshly-sliced onion on your itchy spot and leave it for a couple of minutes. The itchy feeling will be gone very soon and then you can wash the skin thoroughly.
You can also put minced garlic (or minced onion) directly onto the affected area. Leave it for a few minutes and then wash it nicely.
- Baking soda
Every kitchen has this cooking ingredient. Even if you haven’t used it, you will find it somewhere in the cupboard for sure. It can be used for almost anything – from baking cookies and bread to whitening your clothes. Luckily for you, it is a great solution for mosquito bites as well.
You need to make a baking soda paste in the same way you make the oatmeal paste, as we mentioned above. Then you need to apply the paste to the bite and leave it for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, just wash it off and the itchy pain will be gone.