• Vinegar. Simply dab a little of any type of vinegar on the bite. If you have been outside and hoards have attacked you, take a very hot bath to which you have added two and a half cups of vinegar. The organic apple-cider vinegar is the most effective.
  • Aloe vera. Not only does the sap of the aloe stay the itching, but it has medicinal properties that will help heal any infected bumps. Keep a tube of natural aloe vera handy for when grubby little fingers have been unhygienically scratching!
  • A dry cake of soap. For temporary relief, rubbing dry soap on the itches will help. Once the irritation has subsided, don’t forget to wash the soap off!
  • Baking soda. Make a thick paste and apply. The swelling as well as the itching will subside very soon.
  • Raw onion. Put a fresh slice on the bite and hold it there until the stinging itch subsides.
  • Peppermint (even just the smell of) is best, or rub it on and leave until you no longer need to scratch.
  • Raw honey. This is soothing and also has antimicrobial properties which will help prevent infection.
  • Lemons or limes. The juice, squeezed on the bites works wonders. They are an antiseptic too. You can also use PLJ if you don’t have any of the fresh fruit.
  • Essential oils. Most will help. Tea tree, rosemary, lavender, witch hazel and cedar oil all work well. Just take a drop or two, mix with a little water and dab on.
  • Salt, made into a thick paste, works. It is believed that Himalayan salt is the most effective. Just make sure that, whichever you use, is finely ground.
  • A raw clove, peeled, on the bite can sting a little, but works. The smell will put off any further mozzie invaders!