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6 Natural Bug Bite Remedies

Unfortunately, no matter how diligent you are with pest control and applying repellents, bug bites are still going to happen. That’s just the world we live in. Thankfully, just as there are natural approaches for preventing bites, there are natural options for soothing them once they occur. The next time a bug leaves you with a red, itchy bump, try one of these 6 natural bug bite remedies.



Not only is oatmeal moisturizing and soothing, but research shows it’s also an anti inflammatory capable of relieving skin irritation caused by bug bites. To use: Make a paste by mixing equal parts oatmeal and water and apply it directly to the bite site. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes, then simply wipe it off with a wet cloth.


Aloe Vera

Bug bites and stings cause your immune system to release compounds called histamines, which typically leads to an itchy reaction. Aloe vera has antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, which can do wonders to relieve this irritation. For this approach: Cut open an aloe vera leaf and apply the plant’s gel to the irritated skin. Reapply as needed.


Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, an herb in the mint family, has natural antihistamine properties, which makes it awesome for alleviating bug bites and stings. To use: Finely crush fresh lemon balm leaves and spread liberally on affected areas.


Lavender Oil

It smells incredible, improves mood, and to top it off, it also helps soothe bug bites. Take advantage of lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities by diluting it with a carrier like coconut oil and spreading in on bug bites or stings.


Ice or Ice Packs

Ice works to calm the itching of bug bites in two ways. Firstly, the cold constricts blood vessels, decreasing inflammation and the body’s natural histamine response. Secondly, the ice will numb the site, reducing the urge to scratch. Using a cloth or similar barrier, apply the ice or ice pack to the bite area. Remove after 5-10 minutes.



When applied topically, Chamomile has restorative, anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, one study found that it both reduces pain and helps lesions heal more quickly. To use: Steep a chamomile tea bag in a glass of water in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Squeeze out the water, and apply the tea bag directly to the affected area. Remove after 10 minutes.


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  1. I am fairly new to Arkansas from the North & last summer chiggers attacked me from my feet all the way up my chest. I was miserable to put it mildly. I barely slept from the itch for about 3 months. After that I quit taking my walk up where there were tall weeds & now only walk on the dirt & gravel driveway & road for my daily walk. I’m worried that won’t be enough. Is there anything else I can do? Would higher boots than mine that are up to the calf help? Thank you.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Great question, Mary

      First, always apply a family-safe bug repellent like Cedarcide Original before exploring these areas, chiggers are ruthless. Second, wear tall boots, and tuck your pants into your socks, leaving no skin exposed. These tips will do wonders for preventing bites!


  2. Patricia hummel

    Can I get a book on these

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi Patricia!

      I’m not quite sure what you’re asking, but to be clear we do not currently sell a book on this subject. Having said that, you can go online and find lots more info on the subject simply by typing your questions into Google πŸ™‚

      1. One more addition to the natural helps for bug bite itch – unprocessed Apple cider vinegar.
        I spray it on mosquito bites, and the welts go away very soon as well as the itching.

        1. Jonathan At Cedarcide


          Thanks for the comment, Lynn!

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