I know that summer is winding down now and we won’t have to worry about this for too much longer but I decided to share my thoughts on this subject. When I first moved to the farm I was horrified by the thick black swarms of mosquitos that seemed to follow me everywhere that I went. I had to wear a jacket and a bandana over my ears every time I went outside; even in the hottest days in the summer. It turned out to be a double whammy because it was a bad year for mosquitos and I was pregnant at the time. Pregnant women are hotter (not in the good way) and have much more blood than everyone else so they draw mosquitos like crazy.
By fluke my husband and I discovered that if you apply tea tree oil to a mosquito bite the bite instantly stops itching and is gone by the next day. This works so well for us that we really have never needed to do anything else. When I was pregnant however I was very cautious around aromatherapy oils because they are said to possibly trigger miscarriages so I really would have appreciated another remedy. Alas my poor pregnant brain never did consider an internet search.
I saw on Pintrest the other day that if you rub a bar of soap on a mosquito bite it also stops itching. I tried it and it worked like a charm.So I decided to look into other popular mosquito bite relief ideas and here’s what I have found. I wanted quick easy Ideas that I might actually use. I find that if I have to apply a paste or search for some obscure item that I usually just end up scratching the mosquito bites and complaining about them instead. The Tea Tree oil really is the best in my opinion; It has turned one of the more annoying things about summer into something that I hardly notice any more. But if you are pregnant or it doesn’t work for you I have included some runners-up.
- Tea Tree Oil
- A Bar of Soap (dry or wet)
- Lemon or Lime Juice
- Witch Hazel
- Diaper Cream (or any medicated cream)
- Vick’s Vapo Rub
- Preparation H
- Anbesol or Orajel
- Epsom Salts or Baking Soda (in a bath)
- A Hot Tea Bag
Another thing I will look into is popular mosquito repellents or if you know one you could just hang out close (not too close) to a pregnant woman. Just tell her it’s because you love her.