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

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 27, 2013

My 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.

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

 

Comments (163)

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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      • 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!

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  2. 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!

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    • 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!

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      • 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.

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  3. 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!

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    • 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!

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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!

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  8. 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”.

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  9. 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.

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    • 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?

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      • Helen-
        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.

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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’………

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  12. 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…

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  13. 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.

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    • 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! :)

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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…

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  16. Sandy Pezzillo Otte via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

    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.

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    • 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!

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  17. Rhonda Cary via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

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

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  18. 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.

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    • Debbie,

      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.

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  19. Selissa Richter via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

    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

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  20. 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…

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  21. 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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!

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  24. 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!

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  25. 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.

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  26. Kelley Bayard via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    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.

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    • 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 :(

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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.

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  31. Christy Dawn Brown via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    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!!!

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  32. 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.

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  34. 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.

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  35. 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.
    Thanks,
    Adrianne

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  36. Julianne Wiebe via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    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.

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  37. 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.

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  38. Spook Hetherington via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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

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  39. 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!!!
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  40. 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.

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  41. 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).
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  42. 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.

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  43. 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? :)

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  44. Ailsa Gilliam via Facebook January 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    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!

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  45. 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!

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  46. 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.

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  47. 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.

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  48. 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.

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  49. 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.

    http://www.bananasthemovie.com/

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  50. 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.

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  51. 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.

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  52. 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.

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  53. 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.

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    • Sheena, I get the Multi-B Neuropathy Formula from benfotiamine.net. At benfotiamine.org, 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.

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  55. 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.

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  56. 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.

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

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  58. 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

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  59. Well, I go to a site called, http://www.bulkherbstore.com 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!

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  60. 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.

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  61. 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)

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  62. 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

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

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  64. 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

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

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  66. 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!

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  67. 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.

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  68. 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.

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  70. 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!

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  71. 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!!!

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  73. 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.

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  74. 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-).

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  76. 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?

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  77. 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.

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  78. 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.

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

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