Fast Acting Mosquito Bite Remedy (That’s Probably Already in Your Kitchen)

by Sarah Green Living, Natural RemediesComments: 227

severe mosquito bitesMy friend Kelli’s youngest child is a little girl adopted from China.  Kelli and her husband have 3 older children of their own, but since Sarah is their first child from another country, they have occasionally experienced challenges and adjustments based on the inherent cultural and genetic differences.

One such challenge is Sarah’s extreme reaction to mosquito bites which apparently is not uncommon for those of Chinese heritage. As such, using an effective natural mosquito repellent is important, but doesn’t always work in every situation.

Living in Florida and being very sensitive to mosquito bites can pose a challenge as mosquitoes can be a year round problem particularly if the winter is rather warm as it has been so far this season.

Telling a young child not to scratch is a losing battle most of the time, and Kelli has not found any of the Western style remedies for mosquito bites to work very well for Sarah.

As a result, just a few mosquito bites could send Sarah to the doctor for examination as they would sometimes get infected from her scratching.  The picture above is of Sarah’s leg after a recent run-in with a hungry mozzie!

Besides being a busy Mom of four, Kelli is also an Adoption Specialist and blogs about the adoption process, so with her international connections, she was able to consult with her Chinese friends about Sarah’s problem with mosquito bites.

Their suggestion?

An old Chinese mosquito bite remedy which is rubbing the bites with the inside of a banana peel!

I asked Kelli to let me know if the banana peel remedy worked the next time Sarah was bitten, and within a few days, Kelli reported back that the banana peel worked! The picture to the right shows Kelli applying the inside of a banana peel to Sarah’s bite.  The peel is folded over backwards which is why the inside of the peel is also facing the camera.

The banana peel not only worked, it worked FAST!

Here is Kelli’s email to me about her experience with this mosquito bite remedy:

Well, sure enough Sarah got 2 bites this evening….
They immediately began to swell and the area all around the bite was quite red, of course some of that was from her itching.
I applied the banana peel, as advised by my Chinese friends, and within 2 minutes the bite stopped itching. About 5 or 7 minutes later, the site was significantly less red. When I glanced at it again before bed, though I could still see the bite, her skin was no longer red. Best of all, she didn’t seem bothered by it.
Since she is so young it is hard for her not to scratch, and I will forward you a picture of a current bite which landed us at the doctor’s office out of fear of infection (we’re in the clear for now). She has been on antibiotics once before from a bug bite getting infected after her scratching it, and I try to avoid antibiotics so was not happy when this recent bite started looking so bad.
From now on, we will honor this Chinese remedy…I wish I had known this secret years ago!

The most interesting thing about this mosquito bite remedy to me is that it is fairly well known that eating bananas is a surefire way to be a prime mozzie target at sundown.  While eating bananas seems to attract mosquitoes, rubbing the bites with the inside of the peel heals them!

Does your child have problems with mosquito bites too?   The next time the mozzies leave their calling card on your child’s skin, skip the ammonia sticks and other chemical based remedies that will end up in your child’s bloodstream and simply try the inside of a banana peel!

Do you know another mosquito bite remedy that works well too?  Please share in the comments section.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


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Comments (227)

  • Lisa Wright

    I found a homeopathic topical product years ago called Ssssssting Stop that has worked well with our family since several of my kids and I am allergic to insect bites but also seem to draw them. It takes away the itch and the swelling. Sometimes you may have to reapply a couple of times but it usually works well. It’s available at most health food stores.

    June 14th, 2016 4:41 pm Reply
  • JLE

    Our naturopath had suggested Maxiflav supplement for my son when he was younger as he would get huge welts from the bites. It worked great. He’s outgrown it since, so now we use Boo-boo spray from Wise Women Herbals or a tincture from the naturopath.

    June 13th, 2016 8:37 am Reply
  • Rekha

    toothpaste and aloe vera work great for me and my dog too.
    Basil leaves, tea bags Saliva and rosemary oil can help too.

    April 4th, 2016 8:12 am Reply
  • Candy

    Coconut oil is my go to remedy for an itchy mosquito bite and other skin inflammation.

    July 21st, 2015 4:16 pm Reply
  • Rexie

    Bad mosquito bite year for me. At one point I had eight on one arm and four on the other, in various stages of fresh spreading red rash, established welt, and slowly healing bruise. I usually just apply sunburn gel or lotion, containing lidocaine, to stop the itch, but the rash, swelling, and bruise stages still occur.

    New bite on the right hand today, about an inch back from the base knuckle of the thumb toward the wrist. I thought I shooed that little bloodsucker away before it could nip me, but I was wrong. Within two minutes, the insane itch was on, the bite bump grew to a diameter about half that of a dime, and the rash was halfway to my wrist on the back of the hand, spreading over the thumb web onto the palm, turning purpley. The thumb itched down to the bone! I was at work, with much need of using my hands, so I tried the “fish and chips” treatment: first some salt sprinkled in the other palm, with a few drips of water, firmly pressing the resulting gritty poultice against the central bite area; then strips of paper towel soaked in vinegar and applied to the rash area until the itch subsided. Salt and vinegar — right out of the cupboard in the office kitchen.

    The result was that ALL of the itch went away, ALL of the bite bump went away, and the rash shrank back down to the immediate bite area and was barely noticeable. After about ten hours the itch came back, much subsided, with a minor rosy pink dime-size swelling at the bite site. I think I will forego any further treatments, so I can see what ensues based on just the one. So far, I am very happy about it.

    Oh — my blood is Type O, but the Rh is one of those mutations that requires special handling to detect the presence of the “factor”. It is there, but it is either in abnormally small amounts, or it has something different about the protein, which prevents its presence from showing up in the simplified tests you might do in biology class … where my blood was known as “O-maybe”.

    July 20th, 2015 10:38 pm Reply
  • Betty

    Kombucha works for us. Put some on a paper towel and hold it on anything that itches from bites to poison ivy. Garlic is a good repellant but you have to chew it, not just swallow it whole.

    July 12th, 2015 4:47 pm Reply
  • Trina

    Alcohol: rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer works wonders applied with cotton ball.
    Lots of good ideas posted above!

    June 1st, 2015 12:09 pm Reply


    March 5th, 2015 7:15 pm Reply
  • Tony Baker

    My best remedy is toothpaste applied liberally and allowed to dry. It takes away the itch and the crust prevents infection getting in. Maybe it’s the toxic fluoride in the toothpaste that does the trick!

    November 29th, 2014 7:53 pm Reply
  • Margaretha

    I too am a mosquito magnet. When i ask my pharmacy patients who too are mosquito magnets their blood type, invariably those of us that have a negative blood type seem most prone to being bitten. My own little research project but it’s interesting. I’ve been asking my patients for over 6 years now. Tea tree oil is my go to relief remedy.

    November 17th, 2014 4:33 am Reply
    • Kimberly

      Sorry Margaretha – we are both A+ and AB+ in our house and complete mosquito magnets! I’ve heard that theory before, but it is absolutely untrue for me. My husband is also AB+ and rarely bitten. We find metabolism (body heat) to be the biggest trigger.

      May 2nd, 2015 9:23 pm Reply
    • Gillian

      I too am a mosquito magnet and have just discovered that what I suffer from actually has a name skeeter syndrome, I don’t feel like such a freak now. I am also rhesus negative blood group, interesting don’t you think. wonder if any pharmaceutical companies would/have given this any trials

      May 13th, 2015 5:49 pm Reply
      • B

        I have always been told that it was because you have good cholesterol. If your cholesterol levels are bad they wont bite you but if they are good you are a definite magnet. It is true in our house, both my husband and father have bad cholesterol and they don’t bother them at all while my daughter, mother and I are walking buffets for the little pests. I love this trick we will defiantly try it out! Thanks for sharing.

        June 2nd, 2015 9:57 am Reply
    • Rick Mac

      My wife has a different blood type to mine and she used to get bitten a lot and me not so much.

      The kids have been getting bites too, so sorry folks but believe me it has nothing to do with blood types!

      Read up on it all here with one f the world experts, Dr Cameron Webb (a respected and much published entomologist specializing in mosquitoes!):

      As a family, and after much research (and bites) ourselves we have resorted to natural rather than chemical based repellents and balms such as these here which work great for us:

      Best of luck to you all anyway whichever method you use, and stay bite free 😉 Rick Mac

      April 11th, 2016 10:59 am Reply
  • Joe

    I’ve used vaseline to kill the itch and stop swelling. Dab a q-tip in and just rub it over the bite. It does take a little while for itching to stop, but it stops it totally and reduces the swelling and redness. It works for me, hopefully it will work for you. The thing about vaseline is most people already have it.

    September 24th, 2014 3:18 pm Reply
  • Juan Cardenas

    IT also WORKS for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks a lot.

    July 19th, 2014 6:49 am Reply
  • M.

    OMG, all my other usual measures weren’t doing a thing, possibly because I had so many bites… and the banana worked! Thank you!

    July 3rd, 2014 1:08 pm Reply
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  • Gina

    A slice of lemon, applied as soon as possible after the bite(s). It may be something in the peel or something in the pulp…don’t know…..just rub on liberally and it will change to a small red, non-itchy dot within a few minutes.

    June 18th, 2014 10:45 pm Reply
    • Laura

      Be sure that if you are applying citrus juice/oil to the skin that the skin it has been applied to does not come into contact with sunlight! Many children and even adults are seen in the ER’s during warmer months due to 2nd and 3rd degree burns caused by the reaction of citrus mixed with sunlight. Just a head’s up!

      June 12th, 2015 5:05 am Reply
  • Caby

    You will not believe how well this works. As you know, when you’re bitten, the mosquito injects an anticoagulant to keep blood from clotting so they can suck the blood back out. It also causes the swelling and itching. While swollen, the skin cells are more susceptible rupturing and bleeding if you scratch the bites… which, as we all know, can leave scars and get infected (like the picture above) . Since you can’t suck the anticoagulant back out of the bite, the key is to move the anticoagulant elsewhere.

    Using the back (round) end of a ballpoint pen, or the erasure end of a pencil, apply gentle pressure to the bite for about a minute. This will create little 1/4 inch round indentations in your skin, and will force all of the fluids with anticoagulant away from the bite and into the surrounding skin tissue. This dilutes the anti-coagulant so the it can be carried away by circulating blood… it will also intensify the itch for a minute or two. Rub (not scratch) the itching area with your finger tips to increase the blood circulation. This process can be repeated 2 or 3 times if the itch come back, and each time it dilutes the anticoagulant a little more… reducing the itch. If it’s a large bite, you may have to press the pen/pencil to several spots to force all of the anticoagulants out of the bite.

    I know this sounds like hitting your head with a hammer to get rid of a headache, but it really works… no more bleeding mosquito bites, seriously :o)

    June 18th, 2014 8:08 am Reply
  • Espie

    Onion! I’ve always kept a raw onion wrapped up in my fridge just for bug bites. We cut a slice off the side of the onion to get some juice and rub that on the bite. It stops the itch and swelling. I’ve always been a mosquito magnet and would have horrible reactions with swelling all summer-absolutely nothing every worked, from home remedies to drugstore medication. This is the only treatment we use now. It’s worked on mosquito bites, bee stings, spider bites, rashes, chickenpox, you name the skin rash or reaction, we’ve probably used the onion for it. A great all-purpose skin cure.

    June 8th, 2014 11:53 pm Reply
  • Kathleen Betz via Facebook

    Vicks, works wonders on mosquito bites….

    May 20th, 2014 4:58 pm Reply
  • Susan Riccardi via Facebook

    Going to have my daughter try this next time she has a bite since she is allergic to mosquitoes and has a bad reaction.

    May 20th, 2014 4:17 pm Reply
    • Celeste

      I’m also allergic to mosquito bites. I always feared what I would do if I was someplace without some kind of remedy. But then I heard about this great remedy to a bite – apply a small amount of your own saliva to them shortly after you’re bit. Works like a charm and you always have it on hand.

      May 23rd, 2014 10:49 am Reply
  • Kimberly Dobecka Holt via Facebook

    Ok. So what natural thing can keep the Mosquitos away in the first place?!

    May 20th, 2014 2:56 pm Reply
    • rob

      A dryer sheet seems to do the trick; i usually go a little overboard, and have one in each shoe, one under my hat on my head, and maybe one in a back pocket.

      I do some horse back riding through humid areas where they can be pretty bad, and I rarely get bitten.

      May 27th, 2014 10:24 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        All those chemicals? Not on my skin!

        May 27th, 2014 11:05 am Reply
        • Nicole

          You don’t actually put it on your skin, just in a pocket.

          June 1st, 2014 9:55 pm Reply
    • Alexa

      Mint. Mint leaves work a charm, guaranteed! The Mosquitos hate the smell of it so next time you go out and want to avoid the bites, break a mint leaf or scrunch it up into a ball and rub it on your skin

      June 30th, 2014 12:21 am Reply
    • Renee

      I found this on Facebook:

      Here is a homemade trap to help keep you and the kiddos from being a blood donor!!!

      Items needed:
      1 cup of water
      1/4 cup of brown sugar
      1 gram of yeast
      1 2-liter bottle

      1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
      2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
      3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
      4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
      5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

      Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

      December 22nd, 2014 3:36 pm Reply
  • Scot

    Apis Mell is a homeopathic for bites, stings and swells. Works quickly to take away the symptoms.

    May 20th, 2014 1:00 pm Reply
    • Beth

      And Ledum.

      July 10th, 2014 6:54 am Reply
  • Lisa Moore Gilchrist via Facebook

    We use plantain leaves since it grows wild everywhere. Most ppl think it’s a weed.

    May 20th, 2014 12:15 pm Reply
  • Taimi Knowles via Facebook

    I tried this last year with no success. However nothing seems to help and I am a mosquito magnet! Grrr…

    May 20th, 2014 8:25 am Reply
    • Alison

      Heat will stop the itching and swelling. Fill a small plastic bottle with hot water and put lid on. Press side of bottle against the bite. It will itch like crazy and hurt but hold it there for as long as you can bare. Even if you keep dabbing for a couple of minutes it should work. Itching will stop a few minutes after you remove the bottle. If you don’t have a bottle try dipping a spoon in hot water and then press it on the bite. Eventually your sensitivity to bites will lessen. I used to be paranoid about getting bitten as mine would swell up to about 4″ across. I started using heat about 3years ago and now I only get a small reaction when I get bitten.

      February 14th, 2015 4:48 pm Reply
      • Sarah Burks

        YES! it also works great for poison ivy itchiness.

        June 12th, 2016 8:01 pm Reply
  • Kathleen Brownback via Facebook

    If you don’t have a banana, it can help a lot to dab on some liquid soap (like dish soap) full strength and completely cover (suffocate ) the bite.

    May 20th, 2014 8:03 am Reply
  • Kerry Chong Tarks via Facebook

    Was in Guatemala exactly a yr ago, got bit up by some bug at night, itchy bumpy mess. Melaleuca didn’t work but actually I am bummed about the scars I have that still are very prominent :(

    May 20th, 2014 7:45 am Reply
  • Peggy Summy via Facebook

    Vinegar applied as soon as possible works to neutralize the poison of all insect bites from mosquitoes to fire ants and even wasps and yellow jackets. We keep a small spray bottle of it handy.

    May 20th, 2014 7:37 am Reply
  • Tiffany Coley Speir via Facebook

    I wish you could write an article on “Mosquito bite prevention”. Ones that really work. I live in south Georgia with 6 kids on our farm and we have tried all of the different “natural” remedies from the stores and nothing works, unfortunately, like the chemicals. Already tried lemongrass, wrist bracelets, candles…the list goes on. I know it is not good for our health but deet is the only thing that seems to keep those nasty little suckers at bay!

    May 20th, 2014 7:19 am Reply
    • Beth

      I’ve heard a ketogenic diet (rich in natural fats and very limited sugars and carbs) will make you less attractive to mosquitoes.

      July 10th, 2014 7:01 am Reply
    • Gillian

      I too have tries all the natural preventatives including citronella, eating marmite,garlic capsules, vitamin B1 tablets, etc,etc,etc, still get bitten, swollen pus infected sores.Only thing that works is to not get bitten in the first place hence the use of 100% deet spay. Not the perfect choice of stuff to spray on your skin but the better of two evils.Anyone anything better to suggest I’d be happy to try it thx.

      May 13th, 2015 5:57 pm Reply
    • DeeGendrin

      If you don’t want to get bit by mosquitos at all then begin taking garlic pills. You cam take the ones that don’t have any oder. I read this on the internet. I have been a magnet all my life and I was getting bit a lot at my new home. Fairly miserable. then I read this hint about garlic. I started and within a week the garlic pills were working great. Now I can go out in the garden ant time of day and the little buggers leave me alone.

      June 20th, 2015 7:13 pm Reply
  • Jocelyn Lunceford Milewski via Facebook

    Needed this my son was playing outside with his dad on Sunday. Today he woke up with his thighs completely covered with red itchy bites . I haven’t tried the banana peel yet. I gave him a good bath and put some anti itch lotion on for now but if he starts itching again I’ll be using my bananas.

    May 20th, 2014 7:13 am Reply
  • Ann Hines via Facebook

    Homeopathic Ledum Pal for those who get a big reaction to the bites.

    May 20th, 2014 5:31 am Reply
  • Merri Mattly via Facebook

    I tried this last summer fro the first time and it really does work!

    May 20th, 2014 4:33 am Reply
  • Cristina Silva Afonso Aquino via Facebook

    What do you use to prevent that does not carry deet

    May 20th, 2014 1:32 am Reply
  • Tanya Roehlk via Facebook

    taking garlic and parsley tablets about 30 minutes before going outside can keep the dang things from biteing in the first place. I am a mosquito magnet! for whatever reason they will seek me out while leaving others alone. Taking the garlic and parsley really keeps them away from me. and when I am bit, the area around the bite swells up and itches lik crazy! Next time one sneeks into my room and gets me, I will be using the banana peel treatment! thanks!

    May 20th, 2014 1:29 am Reply
  • Ahlgren Fam via Facebook

    The banana peel really does work well! It helps a lot with the bites that whelp up and the itching goes away quickly after rubbing it on the bite!

    May 20th, 2014 1:02 am Reply
    • Bev

      I’m allergic to bananas when they are ingested, I would be concerned if I had a reaction from the peel. Any other suggestions?

      June 18th, 2014 3:48 am Reply
  • Janet

    I am using the Young Living “Lavaderm” for both mosquito bites and poison ivy. Our little grandson keeps getting the worst cases of both that we’ve seen. This helps. Cold compresses help. We are now using several oils to prevent the mosquito issue. Citronella, for one. Or, Purification.

    May 20th, 2014 12:50 am Reply
    • Sherry

      Where do you buy that at? My son has horrible mosquito reactions and I inevitably get poison ivy every summer. Right now, we’ve found that a high grade, unrefined coconut oil soothes and dries up the bites and poison, quicker than getting a shot from the doc! I’ve even used it on my eczema and it is amazing!

      August 22nd, 2014 3:52 pm Reply
  • Sarah N Mike Zimmerman via Facebook

    So does running a spoon under hot water and applying to skin. The warmth kills the proteins(?) and it stops itching. Tried it tonight and it totally works

    May 20th, 2014 12:24 am Reply
  • Brooke Beckstedt Lynn via Facebook

    Lemon essential oil works great too!

    May 19th, 2014 11:31 pm Reply
    • Dee Gendrin

      Be careful with lemon oil or lemon essential oil. They are photo toxic and if you put them on your skin and go out in the sun even 24 hrs after use you could easily get a reaction which would discolor your skin.

      June 20th, 2015 7:16 pm Reply
  • Karen Stevenson via Facebook

    I used lavender on mine today and it went away too! :-)

    May 19th, 2014 11:27 pm Reply
  • MaidMirawyn

    I am extremely sensitive to mosquito bites, as is my mom. The tiniest bite turns into a red, swollen, itchy bump, and the itching lasts for days!

    My go-to remedy is straight tea tree oil. I found it out by chance (desperation, really), but the internet later told me it was a common remedy. I rub it on the bite, and the itching and swelling go away almost immediately. Instead of a huge, itchy red knot, I’ll have a small, barely visible bump. If I don’t treat it soon after being bitten, I may have a slight amount of lingering itchiness and redness.

    Now I keep bottles of tea tree at home and work, and a small vial in my purse. I have even added a small bottle to my emergency supplies, because I live in Georgia and I’m a mosquito magnet. (For the record, I’m a very fair-skinned native Georgian, with primarily Irish, Scottish, and English ancestors plus some Cherokee – no Asian of any sort to the best of my knowledge. Go figure.)

    I’ve never tried the banana peel, though; I’ll have to test it soon!

    May 8th, 2014 10:57 am Reply
    • John Waters

      I just so happened to have a bottle of tea tree oil handy and read your suggestion to use it on mosquito bites. I just rubbed a drop in and damn! Instant relief…. thank goodness for the internet and people sharing tips. Thanks Maid!

      August 21st, 2014 9:33 am Reply
  • Gerry

    I’m completely confused! This says use the inside of the peel but the picture shows the outside being applied. Which is it?

    April 29th, 2014 3:31 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The peel is folded over in the picture.

      April 29th, 2014 11:30 am Reply
  • raqueric

    Omg, tried it today worked like a charm.

    April 23rd, 2014 12:13 am Reply
  • Kathy

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  • kerry

    like your finger, must be your own saliva, pour table salt on finger and rub on bite. stops itching immediately. Works every time.

    March 25th, 2014 11:51 pm Reply
  • Alexandra Hoxworth via Facebook

    Lavender or tea tree oil works well.

    March 25th, 2014 7:28 am Reply
  • Kathleen Betz via Facebook

    I use Vicks Vapor Rub, usually the cheapest store brand, works great.

    March 25th, 2014 6:51 am Reply
  • Tashima Byrne via Facebook

    Will try!!

    March 25th, 2014 6:15 am Reply
  • Leeanne Den Herder Kaden via Facebook

    Baking soda

    March 25th, 2014 12:36 am Reply
  • Chrissy Jay via Facebook

    Melanie Di Molfetta Ortiz…. look at this. Wow good to know!

    March 24th, 2014 10:59 pm Reply
  • Heide

    I have had great success with peppermint essential oil directly applied to the bite site as soon as possible. My daughter went from having large, hard, itchy reactions to being just a red spot. If I applied it to the bite asap the allergic histamine response was virtually non existent. I would not recommend applying it to any open sore though. Owie.

    March 24th, 2014 10:49 pm Reply
  • Carol Woodruff via Facebook

    thanks for this – I’ve actually been to the emergency room for mosquito bites so I am happy to know about this. Who knew.

    March 24th, 2014 10:13 pm Reply
  • Jill

    I always use Vicks on mosquito bites. Usually just one application will take away the itchiness, on the odd occasion I may have to reapply a day or two later. We’re in NZ so maybe our mozzies are a bit different, but it works really well for us. I do wonder tho if anything that seals the bite from the air for long enough is what does the trick as I have even had reasonable success using toothpaste.

    March 10th, 2014 4:49 am Reply
  • nicky

    My youngest of 4 years gets them all the time and scratches till they turn into sores what can you use when they are sores he has 4 on his face at the moment?

    January 28th, 2014 9:38 am Reply
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  • lawdoc

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! I took a trip to the carribean and got bitten more than 30 times all over. The itch, pain, and swelling (im allergic to mosquito bites) was atrocious. I was unable to sleep. Discoloration was all over me. I tried the apple cider vinger as suggested by other on this site. It didn’t work. I tried the Epson salt. This made the itch worse, only two things worked: a cold compress and the banana peel. Last night was the first night in almost two weeks that I was able to sleep most of the night with limited itch. So THANKS! I have definitely booked , ark this site and shared it with others.

    Please keep up the good work 8-).

    November 23rd, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • KB

    Poor Sarah! I’m of East Asian descent and find that some mosquito bites leave me with pus, swelling, and later, scarring. I try to stay away from toxic bug sprays, so I concocted a natural mix: 1 part Desert Essence tea tree oil and lavender mix essential oil, 2 parts glycerin, and 4 parts distilled water. I mix this in a glass dropper bottle and only need about 10-15 drops to cover exposed arms and legs. You only need a small amount, the scent keeps mosquitoes away! If you feel greasy from the glycerin, you’re using too much. Best of luck to little Sarah.

    October 15th, 2013 3:37 am Reply
  • Javier

    I also have a post on natural remedies for mosquito bites and I did not include the banana. I will try it out next time I get bit and add it to my list and give you credit.

    Great article and and a very helpful Web site.

    September 23rd, 2013 3:15 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    I just found your via Pinterest post…THANK GOD!!! I have about 10 bites on my feet from an outdoor dinner last night and they are driving me insane!!! I’ve been slathering Vaporub on my feet all day but it wears off pretty fast. I react really bad to bites so my feet were starting to swell…But I peeled my last banana and rubbed a piece all over my feet and ahhhh, relief finally! I’m putting the rest of the peel in the fridge in case I wake up in the middle of the night in a frenzy! Anyway, I just HAD to say THANKS!!!

    September 7th, 2013 10:48 pm Reply
  • Jackie

    Thanks! I was just wondering how long I was suppose to keep the baking soda on for? All of this information really helped I think I might be allergic to mosquitos and I have been googling forever and this really helped!

    August 25th, 2013 11:07 am Reply
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  • jacob

    Valuable information shared..Iam very happy to read this write-up..thanks for supplying us nice info.Wonderful walk-through. I can see this post.

    August 18th, 2013 7:02 pm Reply
  • Tabby F.

    Hmm…I definitely need to try this. Got a damn bite on my heel, and it itches so bad that I can’t go to sleep! I’m kinda torn, though: I know I need the PEEL, but I don’t wanna waste the actual banana. Will eating the banana attract more mosquitoes, from which I’m trying to recover? I certainly hope not…Oh well. Thank you for the idea. Hope this works.

    August 17th, 2013 6:05 am Reply
  • Victoria B

    You can use baking soda and water that helps the swelling and itching to go away :)

    August 12th, 2013 3:13 pm Reply
  • Jaimee @ The GOOD Pins

    Found your solution to a mosquito bite on Pinterest. I write a blog reviewing recipes on Pinterest, but this one caught my eye at a time when I needed it most. I have linked my readers to you, and I hope this brings them as much relief as it brought me. Thanks for sharing!

    July 16th, 2013 5:08 pm Reply
  • MJ Chiaro

    Are my eyes that bad, or is that banana facing the wrong way? It really looks like the outside against the skin.

    July 8th, 2013 1:48 pm Reply
    • Tabby F.

      “The peel is folded over backwards, which is why the inside of the peel is also facing the camera.”

      August 17th, 2013 6:07 am Reply
  • Lexy

    Can you freeze banana peels to use for this purpose?

    July 6th, 2013 4:44 pm Reply
  • Emi Muller

    Great news about Banana Peels helping mosquito bites. Just a word to the Wise from a 25 year Integrative Natural Health practitioner:
    Take note: The skin absorbs all things, good and toxic and sends them into the body, thru the bloodstream… To the Liver… Make sure the Banana is Organic or your child will get an unhealthy dose of pesticides, Hebacides, Fungicides and GMOs along with whatever benefits they… Or you.. Are receiving!

    to your good health,
    Dr. Emi Millet, RN, HN-BC, ND, L.Ac
    Dipl. NCCAOM ABT

    July 5th, 2013 10:51 pm Reply
  • Jeannie

    So insensitive to write “three children of their own.” It’s kinder to say “biological children.”

    July 2nd, 2013 8:27 pm Reply
    • laina

      Why not just say children.

      May 27th, 2014 1:52 am Reply
  • chaindropz

    My wife was bit numerous times by midges while outside. She tried topical 1% cortisone and Benadryl tablets. She still itched and scratched the red bumps. I got one of my favorite herb books (NUTRITIONAL HEALING by JF &PA BLACH). I chose the tea tree oil remedy. I used a cotton ball to apply the tea tree oil and it stopped the itching. They claim it will also make a good repellent. I think this would also work for mosquito bites

    June 20th, 2013 5:04 pm Reply
  • Caby Smith

    You will not believe how well this works. As you know, when you’re bitten, the mosquito injects an anti-coagulant to keep blood from clotting so they can suck the blood back out. It also causes the swelling and itching. While swollen, the skin cells are more susceptible rupturing and bleeding if you scratch the bites… which, as we all know, can leave scars and get infected. Since you can’t suck the anti-coagulant back out of the bite, the key is to move the anti-coagulant elsewhere.

    Using the back (round) end of a ball point pen, or the erasure end of a pencil, apply gentle pressure to the bite for about a minute. This will create little 1/4 inch round indentations in your skin, and will force all of the fluids with anti-coagulant away from the bite and into the surrounding skin tissue. This dilutes the anti-coagulant so the it can be carried away by circulating blood… it will also intensify the itch for a minute or two. Rub (not scratch) the itching area with your finger tips to increase the blood circulation. This process can be repeated 2 or 3 times if the itch come back, and each time it dilutes the anti-coagulant a little more… reducing the itch. I know this sounds like hitting your head with a hammer to get rid of a headache, but it really works… no more bleeding mosquito bites :o)

    June 18th, 2013 12:00 pm Reply
  • Jake

    3 mossy bites in succession, just tried banana peel remedy 5 mins ago and itching has stopped.
    Thanks for the tips itching was driving me mad.

    May 19th, 2013 5:01 am Reply
  • watchmom3

    Well, I go to a site called, and they talked about an herb that is called Tansy. Her sister went to South America and wanted something to repel all bites. She said that it works incredibly well! So, think I will get some and try it! Thanks everyone for the tips!

    March 8th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Irma

    I put vanilla extract in a small spray bottle of water and spray it on before going outside in mosquito season here in California. The mosquitos do not bite me I have spayed it on my granddaughter too and she does not get bit at her soccer games or practices It works and cost is minimal

    March 4th, 2013 5:51 pm Reply
  • Christine W

    A few yeas ago I came in contact with poison ivy,very nasty. The only thing that worked was the banana peel

    March 2nd, 2013 4:20 pm Reply
  • April Collins

    My grandmother ALWAYS had a bottle of rubbing alcohol with banana peels soaking in it. She used it for arthritis, but also for insect bites. Since she lived on a cypress swamp/lake in North Florida she was the EXPERT. After the bite was no longer itching she would put either “booze” (I never did know which kind) or tea tree oil on it to ensure that no infection got in.

    February 19th, 2013 4:56 pm Reply
  • Jennifer J

    Tea tree oil helps kill staph bacteria, raw honey or crushed plantain weed help swelling and itching go down rapidly (matter of hours.) My 5 yr old gets cellulitis regularly with mosquito bites and begs for the plantain to stop the itching.

    February 11th, 2013 11:24 pm Reply
    • Gillian

      google “skeeter syndrome” I just found out about this and it’s quite often misdiagnosed (as it was with me) as cellulitus.x

      May 13th, 2015 6:07 pm Reply
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  • annette

    Tea Tree oil : )

    February 2nd, 2013 7:23 pm Reply
  • Sheena

    Alison, Can you recommend a brand of benfotiamine? I’m a bug magnet and would very much like to not be one.

    February 2nd, 2013 10:51 am Reply
    • Alison

      Sheena, I get the Multi-B Neuropathy Formula from At, you can read the published studies, etc. (and disclaimer, I have no financial or other interest in the product or company). I note that other people in this thread have mentioned B6, which is also in this formula. However, in the past I took regular multi-Bs, with no effect on the bug bite problem. With the benfotiamine, you take it regularly to keep your B1 levels up, not just to treat bites when you get them.

      February 2nd, 2013 2:49 pm Reply
  • Alison

    Bug magnets, PLEASE read!! I’ve had severe reactions going back to childhood in the tropics. Have now lived in a low-bug area for decades. When I started vacationing in the lake region of Italy about 20 years ago, I found that I had a potentially deadly reaction to no-see-ums. I have severe, strongly hereditary, early onset Type II diabetes. To cut a long story short: if you are diabetic, or predisposed to it, your body excretes thiamine (B1) at 17 times the normal rate. One result is that bugs love you! A few years ago I discovered benfotiamine (synthetic lipid-soluble thiamine, paradoxically safer than the water-soluble version). I proved the theory on myself, as I returned to the same area every year. With the benfotiamine, I didn’t just not react, I DIDN’T GET BITTEN. There are other benefits to taking this regularly, and you won’t find it in regular multi-Bs. I urge anyone, especially diabetics, to look into this. It alleviates neuropathy and mitigates eye & kidney damage, as well.

    February 2nd, 2013 2:49 am Reply
  • Betty

    received about 20 bites/stings from ants in the yard yesterday. scrubbed baking soda into my hands, took potassium for the itch and krill oil for the inflammation. The soda left my hands very dry and in need of lotion but the itch and pain was minimal after the treatment.

    February 1st, 2013 11:07 am Reply
  • Vivian

    Thanks Phylis for the Bananas link. I haven’t been able to eat any Dole products because they “allegedly” use Auxigro as fertilizer. I have an extreme sensitivity to MSG and that’s what Auxigro is all about.

    January 30th, 2013 10:35 pm Reply
  • Kellylynn Browne

    Well this past summer I read about baking soda for mosquito bites and when my friends daughter was bit while we were at dinner I decided to try it. I mixed it w/a little water to make a thick paste and applied , it seemed to work well too because the only thing her daughter said to me while playing was that she needed more because it was coming off, but not itching. After that I used on my kids w/ good results.

    January 30th, 2013 2:51 pm Reply
  • Phyllis Brockman

    Right after I shared your banana mosquito remedy on my Facebook page I received this link from a Facebook friend from Sweden. I didn’t know that workers on banana plantations were being poisoned by pesticides. Thought you’d want to know as well.

    January 29th, 2013 9:24 pm Reply
  • anonymous

    not natural and not for sensitive skin–I’ve put bleach on bug bites.

    January 29th, 2013 12:09 pm Reply
  • Judy Bond

    Make a paste with meat tenderizer and a few drops of water. Apply to itchy bites (mosquitoes, fleas, etc.) or stings (bees, wasps, etc.) for instant relief. This works with scorpion stings too – first-hand knowledge. It doesn’t have to be Adolph’s meat tenderizer but it has to have the same active ingredient. I keep a jar in with the first-aid supplies because the last thing you want to do is search through everything in the spice cabinet when you want it NOW.

    January 29th, 2013 11:05 am Reply
  • pd

    Love all the remedies. There must be a common (or several) denominator. One person mentioned that anything with potassium will help with itching. I’ve had a bad case of dry itchy shin for a few days due to having spent 4 days in an arid, cold climate and in front of a fireplace. I *just* rubbed some diluted ACV on the itchy spots and wow! No more itching! Thank you everyone for sharing.

    January 29th, 2013 8:54 am Reply
  • Tina Farewell

    A family we know takes the following:

    In the morning take 100 mg of Vitamin B6 (or a multi-B vitamin)
    The mom says, “Mosquitoes wouldn’t even land on us.”

    January 29th, 2013 12:00 am Reply
  • Vivian

    I’ve heard raw onion also works. We tried it on a scorpion bite and it worked instantly.

    January 28th, 2013 11:53 pm Reply
  • Pam

    I used banana peel to treat a poison oak rash that I had a few years ago. I don’t know why I never thought to use it for mosquito bites!!! My kids and I are all allergic to them.

    January 28th, 2013 11:20 pm Reply
  • Cynthia Dennis

    I don’t know where I heard this, but if you rub a little deodorant on the bite, the itching stops. Been doing this for more than five years now, and it works, smells good too!

    January 28th, 2013 11:06 pm Reply
  • Ailsa Gilliam via Facebook

    Oh wow! It works!! Just tried it on myself and my daughter – we both came back from vacation with a number of mosquito bites – fantastic!! Thanks for the tip!

    January 28th, 2013 10:46 pm Reply
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    January 28th, 2013 10:30 pm Reply
  • Sally A. Kim via Facebook

    Inside a banana peel for mosquito bites and whitening teeth.

    January 28th, 2013 10:16 pm Reply
    • Cass

      How do you use it to Whiten teeth…that would be awesome to try…

      January 31st, 2013 5:48 am Reply
  • Naomi

    Banana peel works for many things. I first heard of using it from Maureen Salaman Kennedy when she used to do seminars. She said to use it on hemorroids, and I thought that was such an outrageous thing! I have a feeling it will work on anything that itches. Yes, there are many things that will also work, but if you happen to have a banana peel at the right time, why not use it? :)

    January 28th, 2013 9:11 pm Reply
  • Con G Tapangco via Facebook

    yes going on a vit b complex + C regimen helps.

    January 28th, 2013 8:51 pm Reply
  • Laura

    Banana peels also work on warts. You have to tape the peel to the wart each night, remove in the am and continue until the wart falls off.

    January 28th, 2013 8:30 pm Reply
  • Dm Cheney via Facebook

    banana peel did not work for me…

    January 28th, 2013 8:17 pm Reply
  • Goats and Greens

    That is very cool — I’ll keep this in mind for any friends who are susceptible to bad reactions to mosquito bites. Can’t hurt to try! I’ve done the apple cider vinegar thing, and it does take the sting out (while the swelling hasn’t really been affected, but pain relief is definitely a plus).

    January 28th, 2013 5:54 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Whitehead via Facebook

    LAVENDER OIL applied neat works wonders. I’ve always used it on my child. I’ll try the banana skin on eczema, you never know, it may work for that too!!!!! Sorry, don’t know how to put this comment on your blog.

    January 28th, 2013 5:05 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    We just learned this while fishing in Minnesota last summer. It’s fun to be near the lake, but deer fly bites are the worst! Applying a dab of toothpaste (the toxic kind, like Crest or Colgate) over the bite will take the itch and pain out immediately. It also reduces the redness and swelling; works well on mosquito bites and bee stings.

    January 28th, 2013 5:05 pm Reply
  • Andrea D

    Using a paste made of baking soda/water or activated charcoal/water makes a huge difference!

    January 28th, 2013 4:46 pm Reply
  • Noel @ the Shepherd’s farm

    WOW! I wish I would have known about this years ago. My son for some reason reacts every bit as badly and this poor girl does. I’m not sure why, but mosquitoes love to bite his forehead and consequently he’ll look like he has two horns protruding from his precious face. They will swell to the size of a halved ping pong balls. Not kidding…I wish I was. I am so excited to read this and I will definitely be trying this the next time he get’s bitten. Thanks Sarah!!!

    January 28th, 2013 4:39 pm Reply
  • Spook Hetherington via Facebook

    A lack of Vit B6 often lis the problem, NEEM oil is excellent for allergic reaction to bites (Sandfly/Midgie & Mossies)

    January 28th, 2013 4:27 pm Reply
  • Adrianne

    I was looking for these remedies when we went camping last summer because I am allergic to bites and I couldn’t find anything natural/organic that worked well. Hopefully this is my saving grace.

    January 28th, 2013 3:12 pm Reply
  • Kristina K Guilbault via Facebook

    This is so interesting !

    January 28th, 2013 4:06 pm Reply
  • Karen

    The best thing for insect bites is plantain. Just look around for a plant growing nearby. Pick a leaf, tear it up and keep squeezing between your fingers until it gets juicy. Rub the juice on the insect bite or even bee stings or stinging nettles and it will stop it within minutes. You can also pick some and make a tincture to have on hand, but I think it is easier to just pick a fresh leaf and use it. We have used this remedy for years.

    January 28th, 2013 3:36 pm Reply
  • Julianne Wiebe via Facebook

    I’ve always been allergic to moquito bites. It’s better now than it was when I was a child, but still bad. Once I had a mosquito bite that swelled up to cover the ENTIRE front of my thigh. I wish my parents had known about this remedy! I will be trying it next time I’m bitten.

    January 28th, 2013 3:14 pm Reply
  • Lovelyn

    Great home remedy. I have to try it. I always use lavender essential oil on mosquito bites and it works great too.

    January 28th, 2013 2:10 pm Reply
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    January 28th, 2013 3:06 pm Reply
  • TinaInVA

    Never heard of the banana peel remedy, thank you so much!
    And the other remedies mentioned here are great! who knew? And the plantain weed? Too awesome – thanks for that one!

    Remember that Aloe Vera has a characteristic that PULLS INTO the skin whatever you put with it. So Aloe combinations with remedies are more effective however the Aloe could possibly cause retention of the sting toxin you are trying to be rid of.

    Another option is Epsom Salts, so cheap and such a relief. I get rid of itchiness when in the shower I rub handfuls of Epsom Salts over the itchy bumps. It was the only relief I found for agonizing chiggers after camping. Not only does a salt draw out toxins, but the Magnesium has a very positive effect. And of course bathing in Epsom Salts heals all kinds of things as it pulls out toxins and feeds the body.

    Calamine lotion is an awesome remedy for many things as well – its zinc which our bodies use in all kinds of ways. It may be ugly but wow it works.

    As far as avoiding being bitten at all, Avon’s Skin-So-Soft works for many people. I know horse owners that put it on their horses for bug bite protection. I wonder if its the vanilla ingredient? Who knows… SSS works for me and the dog too when we go camping.

    Oh and its true, clay is an awesome remedy too for drawing out lots of skin problems. You can use versions you find from the beauty counter, expensive to cheap. The cheapest I’ve ever found is Queen Helene’s Mud Pack Masque with Natural English Clay – a jar for like 5 or 10 bucks I think. Found at Sally’s Beauty Supply or online. I used to sell a very expensive black sea mud mask and found the ‘magical’ effects of a clay mask to be many. Now I buy this simple less expensive stuff.

    January 28th, 2013 3:01 pm Reply
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  • Sue

    If we had bites that we couldn’t stop scratching, my mom would put some vinegar on it. There would be a tiny bit of a sting and then the itch would stop.

    January 28th, 2013 2:54 pm Reply
  • Ursula Pasche Stouffer via Facebook

    I am allergic to mosquito bites, they burn and swell horribly. But putting on apisgel and taking the apis homeopathic granules immediately after being stung will stop the swelling and pain immediately.

    January 28th, 2013 2:39 pm Reply
  • Christy Dawn Brown via Facebook

    Thank you thank you!!! My oldest get huge knots the size of apricots with her mosquito bites.. And they always seem to find her :(. Thank you!!!

    January 28th, 2013 2:39 pm Reply
  • Elo Devi Heart via Facebook

    Homeopathic Apis also

    January 28th, 2013 2:27 pm Reply
  • Saeri

    I was taught the same as Beverle by my grandma. I usually only applied the hot cloth once, though maybe I’ll try it multiple times if it doesn’t work next time. Then I either let it air dry or pat it dry to avoid any rough motion, which could aggravate the itching sensation again. It’s not perfect but it works great, especially if you don’t have any bananas, apple cider vinegar, or lavendar oil handy! But I will definitely try the banana peel thing, and I’ll tell my dad about it — he always had bad reactions to mosquito bites.

    January 28th, 2013 2:06 pm Reply
  • Becca Bussert via Facebook

    I’ll definitely try that in the spring! Another odd remedy that I’ve successfully used is to use clear tape (think Scotch tape, not packing tape) ASAP on each bite, after wiping with alcohol. Leave it for 30 min or so, and do it twice a day till the bite is totally gone, usually in 36-48 hours.

    January 28th, 2013 2:06 pm Reply
  • Dani

    We use a drop of tea tree oil straight out of the bottle on a q-Tip or applicator. If I treat within the first 20 minutes it goes away! It works so well I have never tried anything else. Living in Louisiana, we have plenty of opportunities to test the results. It also works well on fire ant bites. Same thing, if I treat promptly, the bite will not develop a white head. The first time we tried it on ant bites, my older son walked through a bed while mowing and had about 20 bites. He developed one white head and it was probably one that I missed.

    January 28th, 2013 2:01 pm Reply
  • Angela Lovarco via Facebook

    The vinegar is only giving me an hour of relief. So trying this one tomorrow – thanks!

    January 28th, 2013 1:57 pm Reply
  • Anita Barton Hungate via Facebook

    Banana peel was the only thing that helped my husband when he had poison ivy.

    January 28th, 2013 1:52 pm Reply
  • Beverle

    In my family we wet a washcloth with the hottest water the tap will produce – in other words, not boiling. Hold it on the bite. It will make the itch much worse for a second or two but after a few (2 or 3) applications – one right after the other – the itching will subside. It can get slightly uncomfortable because it is hot but it sure is better than the itching and takes less than a minute.
    PS – she is scratching…not itching the bites.

    January 28th, 2013 1:49 pm Reply
  • Carol Robinson via Facebook

    Will try this and the ACV this summer!

    January 28th, 2013 1:20 pm Reply
  • Courtney Jacob via Facebook

    Peppermint oil dabbed on it works wonders..

    January 28th, 2013 1:16 pm Reply
  • Kelley Bayard via Facebook

    Heat works also. I have a little device that heats up, you hold it on the area for about a minute (I do like two) and voila! It was $13. I’m sorry I’m just blanking on the name at the moment. When I’m anywhere and and I don’t have it I grab a compress as hot as I can stand and use that instead.

    January 28th, 2013 1:01 pm Reply
    • Jessica

      Odd. I have my 6 year old sitting with an ice cube wrapped in flannel on her enormous, red bite, right now. Whenever she takes it off and the bite warms up it starts itching like crazy. She said “Mommy, it feels soooo good with the ice on it”. I have her hold the ice cube on it after applying a drop of tea tree oil. For her, warm= crazy itch, but, cold= instant cooling relief.
      P.S. My poor kiddo does not fare well with mosquito bites. Never has :(

      July 14th, 2013 1:42 pm Reply
  • Annie de Cardenas

    I put FCLO on my daughter’s osquito bites and it brings down the inflammation quite well =)

    January 28th, 2013 12:51 pm Reply
  • Edeline Hubregtse via Facebook

    Ammonia works too.

    January 28th, 2013 12:50 pm Reply
  • Peg Campbell

    Wonderful collection of remedies accumulating here!

    January 28th, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
  • Oana Rusu Tomai via Facebook

    Real vinegar works too!

    January 28th, 2013 12:33 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Coconut oil works amazingly! I’ve used it for mosquito bites, a wasp sting, scrapes, an allergic skin reaction…you can use it for anything that needs healing. Takes the itch and redness away in just a few minutes. I like to use the unrefined, organic coconut oil.

    January 28th, 2013 12:31 pm Reply
  • Shari

    I used this exact same remedy for poison ivy that was on my face. There was this big raised red streak of poison ivy on my cheek and I didn’t want to use anything that would irritate the skin or have that pink, chaulky looking goop like Caladryl lotion. It worked like a charm! The itch relief was immediate lasted for about 6 hours. The banana peel didn’t leave any residue and left the skin soft.

    So if it worked my poison ivy, it makes sense that it would work mosquito bites too!

    January 28th, 2013 12:31 pm Reply
  • D Martinson

    Witch Hazel works great.

    January 28th, 2013 12:31 pm Reply
  • Jona Kalayjian via Facebook

    Wonder if it will work with Red Ant bites

    January 28th, 2013 12:27 pm Reply
  • Rachael

    We use either lavender oil or witch hazel for bites, whatever is available. The weed plantain (not the banana-like fruit) also has astringent properties so if you’re out on a hike and can identify it, break open a leaf and rub it on the bite to draw out the toxins. My grandmother’s family mixed ground plantain leaves with raw milk to make a a paste and was able to save her brother from a rattlesnake bite!

    January 28th, 2013 12:22 pm Reply
  • Aia

    Does this only work on mosquito bites? What about other kinds of bite you discover when you wake up? 😀

    January 28th, 2013 11:22 am Reply
  • Lisa Edwards Berteaux via Facebook

    I’m so going to try this! I seem to be a magnet for them!

    January 28th, 2013 12:09 pm Reply
  • Stefani Johnson Ulibarri via Facebook

    I use pure eucalyptus oil on all bites. works great!

    January 28th, 2013 12:08 pm Reply
  • Christy

    Thanks for sharing this banana peel thing, my kids are sensitive to mosquito bites too. I’ve been learning for the past few years about essential oils so I always have some on hand. Patchouli is an oil that works almost instantly to stop the itch. My kids ask for it now whenever they get bit.

    January 28th, 2013 12:03 pm Reply
  • Sheena

    Mosquitoes are a big problem for me. I moved to Florida in August and am wondering if I can stay. I believe I have what they call “Skeeter Syndrome”. I get welts, blisters then bruises. The itching lasts over two weeks even if I don’t scratch and I get respiratory symptoms. So as you can imagine I’m trying everything!

    I get bit all the time even in peoples screened in porches. I have recently been given a recipe for a mixture of essential oils which seems to work. I’ve been trying it now for a week and the only bites I have are from when I didn’t have any on. After I try it a few more times I will post the recipe.

    For existing bites I will certain try the banana peel but for me I have found that applying ice ASAP really helps. For me the sooner I apply ice after getting bit the fewer issues I have with the bite.

    January 28th, 2013 12:02 pm Reply
    • Jane

      Hi Sheena ~ please let me know what the formula is, I’m dying from bites over here… Thanks!

      January 28th, 2013 3:56 pm Reply
      • Sheena

        I really think this “recipe” is working for me. It was given to me by a long time Florida resident. She use to sell it. There are of course many bug repellents that work but you don’t want them on your skin all the time. This smells nice and really seems to work. I put it only on one side of my body to test it to see if I only get bites on the other, but I have not gotten a single bite anywhere even several hours after putting it on. And I’ve seen mosquitoes fly past me. This is amazing for me! As I’m pretty sure I’m made of mosquito crack. 😉 So here is the recipe…
        2 ounces grape-seed oil
        20 drops each lavender, eucalyptus, clove and neem leave

        I’d like to replace the grape seed oil with coconut and may try that, but for now I’m not messing with it. The women, Joan, who gave me the recipe said it works for noseeums too whose bites are even worse than mosquitoes.

        January 28th, 2013 10:32 pm Reply
        • Sheena

          This is really weird but this formula that works great in Florida is totally useless on the mosquitos in Hawaii. The cool thing is I found a natural foods store here in Kona, HI that sells several products made by locals to prevent bug bites. I’m trying them all out in Hawaii and will bring back the the best to try in Florida and see if there isn’t a winner.

          July 8th, 2013 1:32 am Reply
  • Jamie Klein-Fajardo via Facebook

    My son had an infection similar to this , I put some tumeric on it and by the morning it was gone.

    January 28th, 2013 11:59 am Reply
  • Becky Lee via Facebook

    I’m allergic to bananas, eating them, but swell up a lot and itch when bitten… will try this!

    January 28th, 2013 11:57 am Reply
  • Rana Jafar via Facebook

    Al Al Jafar

    January 28th, 2013 11:54 am Reply
  • Tracy Kerr via Facebook

    I make a paste out of baking soda and water. immediate relief.

    January 28th, 2013 11:47 am Reply
  • Audra Michelle

    What a great tip! I get horrible swelling from mozzie bites. I got 3 bites on my forehead and within 30 minutes, I looked like a klingon with 3 horns on my head. So far, my boys haven’t been too bothered by them thankfully!

    January 28th, 2013 11:46 am Reply
  • Kristen Darling via Facebook

    straight lavender oil works well too… easy to throw in a purse.

    January 28th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Stacey

    I’ve used banana Peel on viral Witt’s but never thought about using it for bites! My oldest daughter gets eaten alive although I need to be more consistent because I know plantain herb salve and also essential oils…

    January 28th, 2013 11:42 am Reply
  • Christal Brock via Facebook

    Kathleen Lyon for Bethany

    January 28th, 2013 11:41 am Reply
  • Selissa Richter via Facebook

    Sandy~ just an FYI, I have taken a high potency B complex and extra C for years and I get chewed up every year. I’ll have 20 bites to everyone else’s 5. Maybe the mosquitos are lacking those nutrients in my area. LOL

    January 28th, 2013 11:40 am Reply
  • Debbie Richards

    I make a mixture of witch hazel and aloe vera with lavender and bergamot essential oils and put it in a spray bottle. It does wonders at soothing the itch and healing quickly on bug bites and even poison ivy breakouts. It’s easy to make for yourself but is also available on my website. It’s called Hydrating Spritzer. I love the banana peel idea but it sounds messy and inconvenient. I’ll try it though…I love natural remedies.

    January 28th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
    • Shari


      There is absolutely NO mess with the banana peel. When I used it for my poison ivy, I rubbed the peel on the area in circles for a minute and it left no visible residue on the skin. In fact I used this because the poison ivy was on my face and I didn’t want anything noticeable or irritating to the skin. I put the whole banana peel in a zip lock bag and kept it in the refrigerator so I could use it to reapply as needed.

      The itch relief lasted for about 6 hours.

      January 28th, 2013 12:39 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Girouard via Facebook

    Amazing the results with EGA Therapeutic Oil and AFT. Nothing like it.

    January 28th, 2013 11:29 am Reply
  • Rhonda Cary via Facebook

    Crystal Newman – not natural but when you are desperate…Absorbine Jr really helps me with the itch. Not a permanent fix but…

    January 28th, 2013 11:27 am Reply
  • Joanna

    This is amazing!! Does it have to be an organic banana?

    January 28th, 2013 11:25 am Reply
  • Sara Stewart Vanderbilt via Facebook

    Good to know!

    January 28th, 2013 11:23 am Reply
  • Sandy Pezzillo Otte via Facebook

    I used to react terribly to bites until i found out that taking a daily B complex vitamin with C added in helped enormously. It actually prevented me from even getting bit in the first place. Mosquitos can carry disease, so the less appealing she is to them the better. Put her on a B complex that also includes a C vintamin.

    January 28th, 2013 11:22 am Reply
    • Geri

      I start taking a B1 tablet a day in early spring (my 18yr old son does also). We would both be eaten alive day or night by mosquitos. Now I can make it through a whole Spring, Summer and Fall and not get bitten at all. When we do get bitten, it’s the whole huge red welt, fever and itch that drives you crazy. I realize that this doesn’t work for everyone and wish my grand-daughters were old enough to take a B1, but not yet!

      February 27th, 2013 4:43 pm Reply
  • Becky

    having 2 adopted from China, i can attest to bad reactions to mosquito bites – just miserable. We have found great relief using a drop of tea tree oil. We use it straight up, but others would recommend diluting it with a carrier oil…

    January 28th, 2013 11:22 am Reply
    • nina

      yes, we also use tea tree oil and lavender oil for bites and it works pretty good

      January 28th, 2013 11:31 am Reply
  • Gabs Narazo

    ei Sarah,

    i am from the Philippines, and yes, we have been doing this for a long time and i can see that my kids’ mosquito bites gets less and less itchy. keep it up!

    January 28th, 2013 11:16 am Reply
  • Maretta Stiles via Facebook

    Homeopathic remedy ledum works also.

    January 28th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
  • Crystal Newman via Facebook

    great. I go into anaphylaxis if I’m exposed to banana peels. I guess I’ll try the vinegar!

    January 28th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
    • Heather

      Try unrefined, organic coconut oil. It takes the sting and itchiness away in a few minutes and heals quickly. I use it for any kind of skin itch, bite, scrape or dry skin, even on a slightly infected ingrown toenail. It works! :)

      January 28th, 2013 12:39 pm Reply
  • Deborah Lynn Clauss via Facebook

    My mom use to put apple cider vinegar and kosher salt on ours, worked great!

    January 28th, 2013 11:11 am Reply
  • Jill Lillis via Facebook

    Calcium Bentonite clay moistened and placed on *any* insect bite draws the poison right out.

    January 28th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
  • Michelle Goldstein

    Thanks for a great blog. Banana peel and other tips on your website are excellent!

    January 28th, 2013 11:08 am Reply
  • Melissa Vrooman via Facebook

    Apis works wonders for skeeter bites!

    January 28th, 2013 11:04 am Reply
  • Erika Kovacs via Facebook

    My mom would use vinegar on our bites whether it was mosquito or ant bites.

    January 28th, 2013 11:04 am Reply
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  • Myrinda Ray Siciliani Dixon via Facebook

    SO trying this next time! My oldest is a prime target, as am I. They don’t seem to bother DH or our younger DD much. Funny too because the younger DD is the banana eater…

    January 28th, 2013 11:04 am Reply
  • Julie Robinson

    My son is allergic to mosquito bites and gets giant red knots that last a week. The best thing I have found is lavender oil from doTERRA. Others may work, but this is what I use and it’s gone in 24 hours! I carry it with me everywhere now. It also stops the itching. Just rub a drop on the bite every few hours.

    January 28th, 2013 10:14 am Reply
    • deena

      i use lavender oil too! works great and i love the smell :)

      January 28th, 2013 11:15 am Reply
  • Rochel

    Ok…so my son woke up with his leg swollen pretty bad from a bite he apparently got last night. I put the banana peel on his leg (he fought me the whole time…), but wasn’t able to keep it on very long-we were running late for school. So my question is, how long does the peel need to stay on, and should you wipe the spot after you take the peel off? I sent him off to school so we’ll see how it looks when he gets home. I have a feeling I didn’t keep it on long enough though…

    January 28th, 2013 9:38 am Reply
  • Shannon

    I spray mosquito and fire ant bites with ammonia or windex…. stops the itch immediately. I might have to reapply for fire ant bites after a few hours, but it puts an immediate end to the mosquito itch. Also noticed that mosquito are not so interested in me after I added organ meat and raw milk and home made sauerkraut to our diet. I’m just sayin’………

    January 28th, 2013 6:53 am Reply
  • Diana

    I’m in NZ and think maybe our mozzies are slightly different as my toddler eats a tonne of bananas and doesn’t get bitten – however he does also consume a lot of chicken liver so perhaps that repels them? I get bitten all the time and swell up to the point of not fitting in shoes. Since I’ve been consuming raw milk my reactions are less than half what they used to be. Next time I get attacked I’ll be sure to try the banana peel. Thanks for sharing!

    January 27th, 2013 11:28 pm Reply
  • Sandy

    Baking soda with water to make a paste (as Jenny also suggested), hands down has been the best for our family! My son is highly allergic and swells up into a very bad cellulitis even if he doesn’t scratch. Trick is you have to lather it on within the first few minutes or it won’t work. Amazingly after less than 5 minutes the basic property in the soda counteracts the acidic mosquito saliva and no more itching and no big bump at all by the next day!! I carry a little bag in my travel first aid kit.

    January 27th, 2013 11:17 pm Reply
    • Helen T

      Sandy – I hope you can answer this: I got cellulitis for the first time ever after doing an intensive gardening in early evening. Lots of bug bits and then noticed the next day a reddening on the lower part of the leg. Seemed to be spreading and when it started to puff up, went to emergency thinking this is the beginning of septicemia.

      Antibiotic IV + 10 days scripts of antibiotics + $2000 later…….

      The doctor said he was pleased that I came in early!

      Interesting you mentioned your son has had bad cellulitis. If he had something that continue to spread, is that when you would think it’s out of hand?

      January 28th, 2013 4:44 am Reply
      • Sandy Lethin

        Glad to hear you are okay. Boy that must have been pretty scary!
        If I don’t do the baking soda remedy, within 2-3 days after the bite the area around the initial bump spreads about 2-3 inches. Once, the poor thing was bit right behind his ear and his whole ear swelled pretty badly. Then I applied topical hydrocortisone and gave motrin and watched closely.
        Since we’ve been through this many times (I am also a nurse) I know what to look for. So I would say that if it spreads much more than that with no improvement, starts to ooze, or you get a fever, I would get it checked out.
        Sounds like it could have been many types of bugs where you were gardening. Not sure where you live or what kind of spiders around, but certain kinds of spiders can cause a pretty bad cellulitis.

        January 28th, 2013 3:04 pm Reply
  • Sherri

    We use homeopathy, and the prime one to use for those big itchy irritating mosquito bites is Staphysagria 30c. It would not conflict with the banana peel. The great news about using homeopathy is her body may eventually respond better and better when bitten. That’s interesting about bananas…one attracts, the other cures. This is actually the homeopathic principle of “like cures like”.

    January 27th, 2013 11:10 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    Baking soda is excellent for any itching, insect bites etc. I use it for poison ivy too. I just mix with water to make a paste or dilute further and wash with it to remove the oils.

    January 27th, 2013 10:13 pm Reply
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  • Kim

    Wow! My son has some bites on the back of his knees that just will not go away. I’ll be peeling a banana after this post! I am friends with Kelli, too– what a wonderful woman! So glad Sarah is better!

    January 27th, 2013 8:48 pm Reply
  • michele

    some people are more attractive to the mosquitos, I could send my twins out to play in the same area, side by side the whole time and one would get lots of bites and the other few or none.

    January 27th, 2013 6:19 pm Reply
  • Tasha L.

    Great tip. I had a friend who once misunderstood, and thought that she was told that eating bananas would deter mosquitoes. So, she took a lot of bananas on a camping trip and made her kids eat lots of them. They were eaten alive!
    Eating garlic and drinking lemon water will help repel mosquitos.

    January 27th, 2013 4:39 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Bananas are definitely NOT good camping food! LOL

      January 27th, 2013 5:33 pm Reply
  • TInaC

    How long should you hold the peel there for it to be effective? I wonder if just cutting a small piece of peel and taping it on with a bandaid would be more convenient. We are mosquito bait here most of the year also. Can’t wait to try this!

    January 27th, 2013 3:55 pm Reply
    • Shari

      Tina, you don’t need to leave it on the skin. I just rubbed it in a circular fashion until the area felt a little slippery. The itch relief lasted for about 6 hours for me when I used it for poison ivy. I react badly to poison ivy and the itching would drive me crazy. I was amazed at how completely it took the itch away!

      January 28th, 2013 12:44 pm Reply
  • Rochel

    I love this idea! My son is a mosquito magnet-usually getting 5+ bites at at time. He swells up so badly when he gets them. We usually cover them with bandaids to keep him from scratching them, but he still swells really badly. Hopefully this will help!

    January 27th, 2013 2:45 pm Reply
    • Betsy

      I was told by a friend that mouth-breathers attract more stinging, biting insects. Encourage your son to breath through his nose and see if it helps!

      January 27th, 2013 6:56 pm Reply
      • Rachel

        I’m a nose breather and get eaten alive, so I don’t think that has anything to do with it :)

        March 31st, 2013 4:27 pm Reply
      • kara

        The mouth or nose breathing comes from the fact that what the mosquitoes are attracted to is the higher levels of CO2 concentrated around these areas. The bugs are attracted to CO2 ( CO2 = humans, )as well as sweet smelling perfumes, lotions and oils.

        March 25th, 2014 1:17 pm Reply
  • CathyG

    I love this idea! I use apple cider vinegar and that sure takes the stinging sensation out as well and helps with the itching.

    January 27th, 2013 12:34 pm Reply
    • Cathy Raymond

      Oh, yes, Apple Cider Vinegar works like a charm too. Potassium in the ACV (and Banana by the way) are so helpful for anything related to skin. If you are itching, potassium is the answer. I put it on bites neat, in my bathwater, and if I want a great pick me up in the morning, I splash 50% ACV/50% water on my arms and legs (never face…ouch!).

      By the way, careful! I found that in the Midwest, perhaps other places, the grocery stores like HyVee carry FAKE apple cider vinegar. Best to get the real thing in the health food section. Braggs Raw Apple Cider.

      January 28th, 2013 12:14 pm Reply
      • illian

        White vinegar is good too.

        April 25th, 2013 2:17 pm Reply
      • Pandora00

        As far as I know, there are at the most only trace amounts of potassium in any style of vinegar. Maybe it works as a temporary counter-irritant and drying agent since it’s more acidic than human skin. Not the healthiest thing to do to skin, but it works for a few minutes. Wish there was something that was a bit more effective.

        June 30th, 2013 1:03 pm Reply
      • Viv

        I also give it to my dogs. It stops the fleas. I uses it for their last rinse at bath time and a little in their drinking water. IT’S GREAT!

        July 7th, 2013 3:08 pm Reply

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