Enjoying the outdoors is one of my favorite parts of spring. Going for hikes, chatting on patios, playing in the park. After a long winter, it’s absolutely fantastic.
But sadly, it’s also the time when bugs come out to play, especially the dreaded mosquitos. Stay out on the deck just a little too long, and all of a sudden they can be everywhere. You can be covered in bites before you know it.
Why Some People Attract Bites
It’s a long running question why some people seem to attract mosquitos and other people don’t. My mom is notorious for getting bitten, while I can sit outside for a long time and not be bothered. Scientists are still trying to figure out why exactly that is.
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But in the meantime, a natural remedy for mosquito bites will have to do. If you’re anything like my mom, those small little bites can quickly swell up, get really red, and really itchy. Sitting outside isn’t worth being up all night scratching.
Luckily, this amazing lavender bath can help.
An English Lavender Bath – A Natural Remedy for Mosquito Bites
Why lavender? Because lavender is known for its ability to relax people. Its familiar aroma is calming and soothing. While the itchiness can be very real, part of it is made worse by your mental state.
Getting annoyed and being anxious about your bites doesn’t help at all. Just the smell of lavender can help you take a few breathes and relax.
English lavender is particularly aromatic, which is why it’s a traditional favorite. The bath also contains oatmeal and baking soda, which are both great for soothing insect bites and irritated skin.
What You’ll Need
– 1 cup of dried English lavender flowers (though any variety of lavender will do)
– 2 cups of oatmeal
– ½ cup of baking soda
What You Do
- If you are using lavender from your own garden, you’ll need to dry the leaves ahead of time. To do this simply cut some flowers and hang them up to dry in a warm, dark spot.
- Once you have the dried flowers, place them in a blender or food processor with the oatmeal and baking soda. Blend until the mixture becomes a fine powder with a consistency similar to whole grain flour.
- Pour the powder into a dry, clean container for storage, until the next mosquito attack.
When you’ve been bitten by mosquitos, or have any sort of skin irritation really, like a sunburn, it’s time for a bath. Simply pour in ½ a cup of the mixture into your bath water as the tub is filling up. Then sit back and soak it in.
As an added bonus, if you put the powder into a nice jar or bottle, it makes a great gift, especially as mosquitos get set to take their first victims of the season.
To read more about mosquito bite remedies check out Mother Earth Living.
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