Treating Bug Bites and Stings Naturally

by Carrie Raab on June 28, 2012

Treating Bug Bites and Stings Naturally with Coconut Oil

treating bug bites naturally with coconut oil and essential oils

I am happy to announce that I will be having Jennifer as a regular guest on my blog! Jennifer is known as the “coconut guru!” You will learn so much from her and I am honored to have her share all of her information with us. Today she will be discussing the benefits of coconut oil and bug bites.

As the weather heats up, so do the number of bug bites and bee stings. No one enjoys getting nibbled on by our insect friends but for those times when you do find yourself dealing with the discomfort of a bite or sting, make sure you have some coconut oil on hand!

When coconut oil is applied to bites or stings it forms a thin layer that protects the cut from dust and bacteria. With its anti-bacterial properties, you can rest assured that you are getting some much needed protection from any germs trying to take advantage of a little opening into your body! Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can provide quick relief for itchy insect bites.

If you are dealing with a really deep or painful bite or sting OR you just couldn’t help yourself and you scratched it raw, there are a few other natural treatments you might want to consider using in addition to coconut oil.

Aloe vera is a medicinal plant with many benefits. It contains vitamins and amino acids that help regenerate the skin. The gel can be applied directly to the affected skin in concert with coconut oil. I like to apply a layer of aloe the top it with a layer of coconut oil.

Garlic is a powerful antibacterial. It is nature’s antibiotic. Because of its powerful antibiotic property, garlic can cure more serious insect bites and stings. In disinfecting wounds, crush and juice a garlic bulb and apply directly onto affected area. A gauze and bandage application may be used to cover and protect the area.

Sweet basil leaves and seeds have many medicinal benefits, including the treatment of insect bites and stings. To treat insect bites and stings, juice out crushed fresh leaves and add water. Apply the juice onto skin directly on the bite or sting.

Of course, it is best to avoid getting nibbled on or stung in the first place.

Here are some suggestions that I’ve found to be helpful in preventing potential bites by mosquitoes, bees, and other bugs:

  1. When you’re outdoors, wear light-colored clothing. Many insects use their vision to locate targets from a distance; dark clothing and rich foliage are prime attractants.
  2. When working in the garden or hiking in dense foliage, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Insects are less likely to stick around if they can’t access your skin easily.
  3. Whenever practical, try not to be outdoors for long stretches at a time when you are hot. You release more carbon dioxide when you are hot, and carbon dioxide is a major attractant of insects, especially mosquitoes.
  4. Try not to be outdoors after an intense workout. Vigorous exercise can result in significant lactic acid build-up in your muscles, and lactic acid is a strong attractant of mosquitoes.
  5. Don’t eat salty foods. Eating salty foods can cause you to produce higher-than-normal amounts of lactic acid.
  6. Wipe off perspiration on a regular basis. Perspiration attracts insects via the chemicals contained within. Perspiration increases the humidity around your body, which also attracts mosquitoes specifically.
  7. If possible, stay away from pools of water. Even mud puddles and moist plants attract all kinds of insects.
  8. Wear a natural insect repellent particularly one that is heavy with essential oils. Check out Carrie’s post on essential oils as insect repellent for some great ideas.

Have you used coconut oil on insect bites and stings before? Did it help? Any tips on preventing insects bites and stings that I missed here? We would love to hear from you in the comment!

Yours in coconut health,

Jennifer- Hybrid Rasta Mama

About Hybrid Rasta Mama

Jennifer, author of Hybrid Rasta Mama, is a former government recruiter turned stay-at-home mama to a precious daughter (“Tiny”) brought earthside in early 2009. She is passionate about conscious parenting, natural living, holistic health/wellness, real foods, and a Waldorf inspired approach to education. Jennifer is committed to breastfeeding (especially extended breastfeeding), bed-sharing, cloth diapering, green living, babywearing, peaceful parenting, playful parenting, and getting children outside. She is a hybrid parent, taking a little of this, throwing in a little of that, and blending it all together to create a parenting style that is centered on what her daughter needs in order to flourish as a human being. Jennifer also lives and breathes reggae music, the Rastafarian culture and way of life. Reggae music and its message touches her soul.

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Becky M November 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

We live in Louisiana & we use Coconut Oil on mosquito bites all the time. It really helps take the itch away. My youngest son develops huge welps from mosquito bites and Coconut Oil is the only thing that helps.

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