Mosquito bites can be itchy, annoying and painful—and can lead to infections. And, oftentimes, the popular ways to treat them are packed with chemicals, fragrances and other unnatural ingredients. Aloe vera is a completely natural way to speed up your recovery from one of these itchy bites! Keep reading to find out how to use aloe vera to treat these irritating bites!
To help with mosquito bites, you can rub aloe vera gel or a slice of aloe plant onto the affected area. Aloe vera contains vitamins and minerals that act as a natural antiseptic. Using aloe vera helps to sooth the area, help with itching and prevent infections. Wait for the affected area to dry before adding heavier lotion or itch creams if you choose.
There are multiple ways to use Aloe vera when treating an insect bite. The first is to use pure aloe gel found in an aloe plant, and the other is to use aloe gel purchased at a store.
An Aloe plant is one of the most useful plants one can keep around the house. Using an aloe plant to treat a mosquito bite—or any bite that causes itchiness— is very easy and quite effective. First, clean the effected area with water and soap.
Then cut one of your aloe leaves into thin to medium sized slices.
Then, you gently rub the slices of Aloe onto your mosquito bite. Wait until the afflicted area has dried before adding any other creams, lotion, or clothing. You can repeat this process as many times as you want, or until the bite heals! Try to not reuse slices as the bacteria could cause infection if used more than once.
Aloe Vera gel is also an excellent option when treating a mosquito bite. It’s perfect for someone who might not have a readily available Aloe Vera plant, but still wants to benefit from its incredible properties. Using Aloe Vera gel is very similar to using Aloe plant slices. Make sure the affected area is clean beforehand— preferably with soap and water. Then rub the gel generously onto the mosquito bite.
If Aloe Vera isn’t enough to stop the itching completely you can always add a heavier and stronger itch cream on top of the Aloe gel. And remember, though it is tempting to itch the area—don’t. The bacteria on your hands and nails could easily lead to infection.
|Itch Cream||Aloe Gel||Aloe Plant Slice|
|Has fragance that can be irritating||Has fragance that can be irritating||No fragance|
|Easily stored||Easily stored||Difficult to store / preserve|
|Can be too good for sensitive skin||Good for sensitive or dry skin, but sometimes has fragance||Good for sensitive or dry skin|
|Usually focused on itch relief||Cools and prevents infection by acting as a natural antiseptic||Cools and prevents infection (Natural antisepcit)|
Aloe vera is a plant that is rich in antioxidants, minerals and enzymes so it’s no surprise that it works so well on mosquito bites. One thing that sets it apart from other methods is its antiseptic properties. Antiseptic means it helps to act against
fungi, viruses and infections before they can happen. Aloe contains six of these antiseptic agents: Salicylic acid, sulfur, urea nitrogen and others. It’s easy to forget the danger of infection when dealing with something as common as a mosquito bite—but it is very important to remember. Aloe vera is the perfect ingredient to have on hand—especially if you’re prone to bites! By dabbing on a little aloe you prevent infections, itchiness and inflammation!
The cooling, anti-itch, and medicinal properties of the aloe vera gel make it a very valuable year-round item to have on hand! To learn more, read our other posts! Find out find out which form of aloe best fits your personal needs—and where you can purchase it. Or, if you want to maximize freshness consider growing your own aloe vera plant! You can learn how to properly care for and use your plants by reading our gardening posts.
My name is Kelly and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!
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