Studies show that there is still no 100% sure method of getting rid of mosquitos. This is the reason why you should know how to get rid of mosquito bites and treat the affected area by reducing the redness and itching. While sucking our blood, the mosquito is also injecting an anticoagulant substance, in order to feed as long as possible. Some of this substance stays in our blood even after the mosquito is gone and its responsible for the reaction of our immune system to the sting: itching, redness and inflammation.
Although is extremely tempting to scratch the affected area, this gesture is not recommended at all, because sometimes we can transfer bacteria from our fingers to the bite, triggering an even more aggressive reaction from the immune system and, therefore, the unpleasant feeling will last longer.
Essential oils help you get rid of mosquito bites
Tea Tree Oil
One of the most effective essential oils for alleviating the symptoms of mosquito bites is tea tree oil. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, eliminating the itching and pain, but also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Thus, if you apply tea tree oil to the affected area you will prevent a possible infection. Chamomile, eucalyptus, thyme and lavender essential oils have a similar effect. Just make sure you don’t apply it directly on your skin because it may cause a burning feeling. Use it together with hydrating oils, such as jojoba or almond.
Prevention, better than cure
Try to prevent mosquito bites as much as you can. Essential oils are helpful in this case also. You can use lemon, mint, bergamot or lavender in your aromatherapy lamp do drive away mosquitos and other type of insects. Another trick is to put lavender pots in front of opened windows, as mosquitos don’t like the smell of these flowers.