Spending time outdoors in summer often comes at a price: welts of ridiculously itchy mosquito bites. As someone prone not only to mosquito bites but also to infected mosquito bites, I’ve tried just about every all-natural mosquito bite remedy out there. Below, we’ve compiled a list of five tried and true plant-based mosquito bite remedies to stop itching when it’s too late for mosquito repellant.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A cure-all for bodily ailments inside and out, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is also a powerhouse for mosquito bite relief (it’s always the first thing I grab when I notice a bite). As an antibacterial, it protects against infection and has the added bonus of being an antioxidant. To apply, soak a Q-tip in vinegar and dab over the bite morning, night, or whenever it feels itchy (just be sure to run the Q-tip under cold water before throwing it away, or toss it directly outside because apple cider vinegar tends to attract fruit flies). The astringency of the vinegar dries out the skin and helps to reduce itching.