There are 82 species of mosquitoes and more than 1,300 species of wasps in Canada, but all it takes is one bite to leave your child (or yourself!) etremely sore and not wanting to brave the backyard (cottage, beach house, camp grounds, park…) again too soon. It is now peak bug season and kids (and parents!) will likely get a few bites, no matter how well you prepare for buggy time in advance.
David Brulé, DHMS, Homeopath, says the best remedy for any type of bite or sting is Ledum Palustre 6CH, derived from the herb Marsh Labrador Tea and available at your homeopathic dispensary. Two pellets, given immediately after a bite or a sting, will often bring down the swelling and pain. (Kids usually like the sweet taste.) You can also try it in easy droplet form.
“I’ve seen a bee-stung, crying two-year-old fall silent 30 seconds after taking this remedy,” says Brulé. Sounds like a dream to us!
One of its many uses, coconut oil makes an excellent bug repellent (mix with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils). It will also works great at soothing existing bug bites.
For thousands of years, honey has been used not only as a sweetener, but also for medicinal properties. This is because of honey’s strong antiseptic and anti-itch properties. Try applying honey to your bug bite to dull the itching sensation.
We’ve all heard of aloe vera for sunburns, but did you know its natural anti-inflammatory properties work wonders on bug bites too? For best results, keep a bottle of aloe vera in the fridge.
Crush up fresh basil and apply it to bug bites to harness the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties. The scent the plant emits is also a natural repellent for mosquitoes, making it a great addition to the garden.
Bug bites seem like a natural part of summer. But hopefully, with these tips, the constant nerve-racking itch can be a thing of the past. And as if mosquito bites weren’t pesky enough, some may transmit the Zika virus. Check out our guide on everything you need to know about the Zika virus.