Mosquito bites seem to be as much a part of summer as a day at the beach and pink lemonade, though not nearly as pleasant as either one. Sure, it would be great if you could avoid mosquito bites, but that's not always possible. From home remedies to more sophisticated preparations you can get from health food stores, treating these bites is almost as easy as getting them.
Some remedies you can pick up at your local health food store include tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract. Tea tree oil is great to use if there is any inflammation. A few drops applied directly to the bite every couple of hours will greatly reduce the redness and irritation as well as quell the itching.
Grapefruit seed extract has so many other uses besides treating mosquito bites that it is a very practical solution to keep in the house. Like calamine lotion and tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract has the same properties that help to alleviate itching, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing of the skin. Apply grapefruit seed extract directly to the bite. If the skin is sensitive, you can mix it with a little water or vegetable oil first. Because of the diverse uses of grapefruit seed extract, once you’ve seen how well it works as a topical application, you may never want to use anything else.
One of my memories of a summer evening with grandma was her paste of baking soda and water, which she applied liberally to my brother’s mosquito-bitten arm. It seemed that after that application, I would never hear another word about how itchy he was. Now, this might have been because he didn’t like that ugly looking blob of paste and was worried he’d get more of the same, or it could have been that the treatment really did help. I remember trying to help by asking whether she had any calamine lotion because that was my mother’s choice of remedies, but grandma didn’t have any so she used her own paste, which she told me was every bit as good as calamine lotion - and probably better.