Herbal Remedies

Top 12 Herbal Remedies For Insect Bites And Bee Stings

Insects, bees, wasps and mosquitoes, although we keep our surroundings clean, but nevertheless, they do find their way into our homes and bite us, or if we travel outdoors we are susceptible to their attacks. Simple herbal remedies can reduce the inflammation associated with an insect bite. If the symptoms persist, medical advice should be immediately sought after.

The Herbal Remedies For Insect Bites Are

1. Stinging Nettle

Dab the juice of stinging nettle leaves on a mosquito or any insect bite to reduce the inflammation. A tea can be prepared by steeping its leaves in hot water for a few minutes, and then draining and cooling the liquid. Apply this tea over the affected parts to soothe the area and provide quick relief. [1]

Stinging Nettle

2. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is an antihistamine and can control the allergic reactions in the body. It can reduce the effect of an insect bite or sting and reduce its severity. Crush some lemon balm leaves or dab its essential oil on the affected area to soothe the itching and irritation and get relief in a short while. [2]

Lemon Balm

3. Banana peels

Rub the white fleshy portion of a banana peel directly on the bite or sting. It is effective enough to draw out the stinger and heal the bite. Leave for 1/2 hour and wash the area and carefully sanitize the area.

Banana peels

4. Lemon Or Lime

These are both astringent and anti-inflammatory and their juice can be applied to the bites to reduce the burning and itching sensation. They are anti-microbial in nature and thus can help in quick relief from the bites. They should not be applied and stepped out in the sun. [3]

Use Lemon Juice

5. Calendula

This herb has soothing and rejuvenating properties that ease the inflammation of the affected area. They ease the irritation associated with the bite and acts as an antiseptic to process the healing of the bites and stings. Crush its flowers and apply their juice to the affected area. [4]


6. Plantain

A poultice of plantain leaves applied on the area of the insect bite or sting, helps in alleviating the pain, irritation, swelling, and discomfort associated with a sting or insect bite. As a traditional remedy to heal a mosquito bite, plantain leaves are chewed and spat on the bite to accelerate the recovery process. [5]


7. Lavender

It has soothing properties to lessen the symptoms of the insect bite. Lavender is anti-microbial and its essential oil can be dabbed on the affected areas to reduce the inflammation. [6]

Lavender Oil

8. Marshmallow Root

The poultice of the marshallow root can be applied on a bee-sting and help in its fast recovery. It is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and can also be mixed with tea tree oil and lavender oil and applied on the affected area to reduce swelling, infections and inflammation. [7]

Marshmallow Root

9. Wormwood

Wormwood works well against fleas and its essential oil can be infused with a carrier oil and applied to the affected area to speed up the healing process and provide quick relief. [8]


10. Chamomile

This herb is an excellent relaxant and can calm and soothe the nerves. Make some tea by steeping the dried herbs in a cup of hot water and used the strained concoction to dab the area of the insect bite. All forms of inflammation are reduced significantly and also increase the immunity of the body to fight germs and infections. [9]


11. Witch Hazel

The twigs of the Witch Hazel shrub are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic. This herb is a great remedy for insect bites and heals effectively. Its essential oil mixed with water or any carrier oil can be dabbed over the insect bites for quick relief. [10]

Witch Hazel

12. Echinacea

This herb is known to boost the immunity and control the spreading of infections in the body. It is an antibiotic and analgesic and works well against all kinds insect and bug bites. Apply the tincture on the affected area to get relief from pain, redness and itching. [11]




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