Ah.. warm weather! It’s nice to be outdoors, working in the garden, enjoying the breeze, and dining alfresco… but, not so good when the bugs come around! With the warmer weather comes more pests that bite, sting and make you itch, and more outdoor situations that can also make you burn and itch… all of which can make life for you and your pets miserable both outdoors and indoors.
A relative who lives in the Seattle, Washington area recently put out a query for mosquito bite itch relief remedies. She wasn’t used to having mosquitoes around, and she was miserable, unable to receive itch relief after using traditional methods of applying antihistamine and cortisone creams and even taking oral antihistamines. So, I responded with my all-time favorite, never-fail bug bite itch remedy, and was very pleased when she replied within 10 minutes telling me it was an instant success, and later related that it ended up providing lasting relief for hours. It was her happiness at being itch-free that served to inspire this post on DIY eco-friendly natural pest repellents, treatments and itch relief… all the better to bring you, your pets, your home, and your wallet immediate and natural relief!
In the videos here about natural insect repellents for you, your home and your pets, the most commonly mentioned ingredients among many are eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, lemon or orange citrus oils, tea tree oil, and mint. A word of caution in treating cats and dogs with essential oils: Whether you are creating your own treatments or purchasing natural pre-made treatments, please note that many oils which are considered safe for humans are potentially hazardous to cats and dogs, so please check with your veterinarian first. Here is one article on essential oils and cats from About.com, and one on dogs from Natural-Dog-health-Remedies.com.
Related videos with even more tips on natural insect repellents:
Orange Flea Killer Powder for Pets – An easy recipe for a DIY non-toxic flea killer, perfect for your pets and budget from Jennifer Taggart, creator of SmartMama.com and Educational Program Specialist for Healthy Child Healthy World.
DIY Flea Repellent Spray for Pets – Author of the “Gorgeously Green” books, Sophie Uliano, shares a natural, effective and quick recipe for a flea repellent spritz you and your pets will love.
Salt to Kill Fleas in the House – How to use simple table salt to help eradicate and control fleas in your home. Easy DIY natural tip from Mark Govan, a certified exterminator & arborist with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida.
Natural Mosquito Repellents & Yard Treatments – John Dromgooles, The Natural Gardner, shows organic products, how to make your own topical mosquito repellent, and suggests repellent plants that also ornament the garden or patio.
DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray – Enjoy the outdoors with this DIY natural, effective and safe mosquito repellent spray recipe from the folks at NaturalTrainingCenter.com.
How to Repel Ticks Naturally - These 5 simple, easy, natural steps will go a long way toward keeping ticks away and preventing all the worry that goes with them.
Itches, Stings, Sunburn:
There are many natural ways to treat insect bites, stings, burns and itching. We’ve learned of many that require nothing more than items you may already have right in your kitchen pantry. These include everything from making a paste out of baking soda or salt, to putting a piece of papaya or a tea bag on the bite, to applying witch hazel, vinegar or toothpaste, and believe it or not we’ve even heard about putting deodorant on a bite! But for itch relief: Our All-Time Favorite Number One Tried-and-True Absolute Best Never Fails To Give 8 – 12 Hours of Itch-Free Relief Remedy is:Hit it with a blast from a hot hair dryer, on and off a few times. We’ve been using a hot hairdryer to combat itch since last summer and it’s been nothing short of miraculous! We keep a tiny travel hairdryer next to the back door to zap those pesky bites immediately. While the heat is being applied, you may feel an intense itching for a minute, but continue applying heat until that itchy sensation stops. You may have to repeat the heat sessions once or twice within a 12-hour period for a couple of days, but it’s well worth it for an itch-free good night’s sleep! Just this week, we found out the hard way =( that this also works for poison ivy! =). Another method of applying heat is by using a very warm-to-hot damp washcloth applied to the bite. Please use extreme caution when applying any heat.
Related Videos with more natural remedy relief information:
Use Heat to Treat Itching – Stop bug bite itch with a non-toxic natural DIY technique using heat for itch relief. Susan Jewell, MD explains.
Natural Bug Bite Itch Relief – Stop bug bite itching, prevent and soothe bug bites without having to take a trip to your local pharmacy. Director, blogger, and video contributor to About.com, Danielle Lessovitz gives DIY remedies found in your kitchen cabinets.
Natural Treatments for Stings, Bites and Sunburn – Natural DIY remedies for bug bites, stings, swimmer’s ear, and sunburn in this DadLabs.com interview with Jennifer Crain, founder of MommysER.com.
Natural Sunburn Treatments - Easing the pain of a sunburn means reducing inflammation and itching while healing. Natural tips to treat a painful sunburn from TV and radio beauty editor and author of “Aging Backwards, Secrets to Staying Young,” Jackie Silver.
Sunburn Natural Treatments - Natural at-home DIY solutions to ease sunburn pain from Kelly Machbitz, image consultant and author of “Wear This Not That, Stylish Solutions to Flatter Your Figure”.
Treat Poison Ivy with Jewelweed - Poison Ivy has a natural antidote, growing as wild as the poison ivy itself. See how to use jewlweed to treat poison ivy from Bush Craft On Fire preparedness training teacher Dave. An SLTV Personal Note: after having a poison ivy rash for over a week, I applied jewelweed and within one hour noticed considerable improvement in the rash, no exaggeration!
Using Sweet Fern for Rashes - Michael Douglas, Teacher of wilderness survival, bushcraft, & primitive skills, shares survival uses of Comptonia peregrina or Sweet fern, which includes boiling leaves to make a tea to use as a treatment for itching and clearing up poison ivy rash. SLTV Personal Note: We have not been able to try sweet fern, but have read statements attesting to it’s success at stopping itch and clearing up poison ivy rash in as little as 48 hours.
The material presented here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional health or medical advice.
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