If you are a magnet for mosquitoes and end up with itchy inflamed bites, this homemade calming anti-itch cream is for you! It also works well to relieve other common summertime skin ailments such as a mild poison ivy rash.
My Daughter’s Severe Reaction to Mosquito Bites
My 4 year old daughter is a magnet for mosquitoes, and even after all prevention measures are taken, they find her and she ends up with multiple bites. Her mosquito bites swell to golf-ball-size within 24 hours and become very hot and itchy. Sometimes she’ll even develop a mild fever. She loses sleep because her bites itch and she scratches through the night. I watch her very closely so that she doesn’t itch so much that the skin breaks, making the bites prone to infection.
My daughter’s allergic reaction to mosquito bites is truly miserable for her and it seems to get worse every year. It makes me cry to see her suffer like that, and it’s difficult because of course we can’t keep her inside when she loves to be outdoors. When mosquitoes sneak through our prevention efforts (long sleeved light colored clothing and a good natural insect repellent), I need to have an effective remedy that will comfort her. Trust me, I’ve tried everything, and I don’t want to give her over-the-counter remedies with harsh chemicals that can irritate her sensitive skin even more.
Natural Relief for Itchy, Sore Bites and Rashes
This homemade calming anti-itch cream has finally given my daughter relief from her mosquito bites. When we apply it to her bites a few times a day, the itching and soreness is calmed and the swelling diminishes. The other day I rubbed up against a pricker vine while working in the yard and ended up with a sore, itchy rash on my ankle. This cream worked wonders to soothe it. It’s so easy to whip up as long as you have the ingredients on hand. The amount that this recipe yields is perfect for a bout of itchy bites or a poison ivy rash, but will keep for a couple of weeks in a sealed jar.
The ingredients in this calming anti-itch cream are natural, soothing, and disinfecting:
- Baking soda soothes the skin to reduce irritation.
- Bentonite clay draws bacteria/toxins out of the body and reduces inflammation.
- Sea salt helps reduce inflammation and soothes itchiness.
- Fractionated coconut oil makes the cream silky smooth, and it also moisturizes irritated skin as it’s easily absorbed.
- Lemon essential oil helps reduce heat and inflammation.
- Peppermint essential oil cools, soothes, and calms itching, especially when mixed with lavender.
- Lavender essential oil has disinfectant properties to help prevent infection, and helps the skin heal without scarring.
- When you’re bitten by a mosquito, your body reacts to its saliva in the wound by producing histamine that causes the swelling and itching. Lemon, peppermint and lavender essential oils together create a natural antihistamine which helps reduce inflammation that results from the body’s response to the bite.
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon high quality sea salt
- 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
- 3 drops therapeutic grade lavender essential oil
- 3 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops therapeutic grade lemon essential oil
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a small glass bowl. Do not use a metal spoon or container for the bentonite clay because the clay can absorb metals and become less effective.
- Add the oils and stir well until lumps are gone and the cream is smooth and silky.
These ingredients can be found online or at your local natural health food store.
How to Use it
To use this cream, apply it liberally to the bites or rash whenever relief is needed. Once you feel the soothing relief, gently wipe the dried cream off with a soft clean cloth. I put it on my daughter’s bites a few times a day until they subside. When I put it on her at bedtime, she doesn’t wake up scratching.
Note: In rare cases, allergic reactions to peppermint essential oil, including respiratory distress, can occur in children. Because of this, peppermint essential oil is not recommended to be used for children under 5, or it must be used with caution. I use peppermint essential oil in this anti-itch cream for my daughter because it is extremely diluted, and she has never shown an adverse reaction to it.
Do mosquitoes bite you no matter what you do? Have you found a natural remedy that works?