Maybe my kids are just unusually sweet (ha!), but if there is a mosquito within a mile of where they are playing it will inevitably find them. And while mosquito bites are not enjoyable for anybody – children tend to have an especially tough time because they just don’t know When. To. Stop. Scratching! From the moment I put them into their bed at night until they wake up the next morning…those small little itty bitty bites turn into red, painful, open wounds. So, I try as often as I can to stop them BEFORE it gets to this point…
To rid the yard, porches and decks of biting insects, the boys and I have put together a big beautiful planter in front of our house filled with mosquito repelling plants. As well as several small planters wherever we could find space. A few great plants that you can find at any farmer’s market or even a home depot that will not only help to get those pesky bugs under control but can also be used in the kitchen (bonus!).
~ maidenhair fern
This foliage will not cure the mosquito presence that is unavoidable in the summer months, but it will help considerably. So, what to do when you or your family get those irritating little bumps. Most anyone will tell you to reach for the cortisone cream or calamine lotion – but since it’s always better to turn to the natural way of healing before hitting the pharmacy where the creams and lotions are packed with steroids and antihistamines, try a few home remedies first. The classic oatmeal bath (just grind up 1/3 cup of oats) is always a winner. Have your child soak in an oatmeal bath for 15-20 minutes then pat the skin dry with a towel. At this point you can dry dabbing a bit of vinegar or lavender essential oil on the affected spot to dry it out and relieve the itch. A couple other options are chamomile baths (just a few teabags in the bathtub), aloe vera gel, and witch hazel.
Good luck with your bug bites and I’d love to hear what works for you and your family!
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