(TacticalNews.com) – If you’re one for the great outdoors, you know that at some point you’re going to get bitten by a bug of some sort. While these bites can cause serious irritation, options are available to help alleviate some of the discomfort. Let’s explore some natural alternatives to cortisone for treating bug bites.
As seen from the video above, tea tree oil works well for a number of insect bites, including ants and mosquitoes, but it’s only one of several options.
One of the best anti-inflammatories nature has to offer is honey. Of course, it’s going to be sticky for a while, but can help soothe itching, preventing you from further aggravating the bite site. Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties which means it even has the ability to reduce the possibility of infection.
Coconut oil not only helps with redness and itchiness, but it will also help keep the bite clean, blocking dust or dirt that may be attempting to enter the site. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties as well, furthering its ability to keep the bite clear and clean. Lavender has similar effects.
Lemon or lime juice also carries antibacterial properties and can relieve itching as well. Keep in mind to only use this option indoors as the juice can cause burns to your skin when exposed to sunlight.
Apply crushed basil directly to the affected area, bringing a cool feeling to the bite, thanks to the chemical camphor found in the plant. Check out these other uses for basil outside the kitchen.
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