Insect bites are an inevitable part of being outdoors. But instead of letting them deter you, have these remedies on hand for when the bugs strike:
Baking soda. Some over-the-counter preparations contain sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, which has been shown to relieve itching in some skin conditions.
Essential oils. Essential oils, such as those made with thyme, peppermint, and tea tree oil, can be used to relieve acute itching, and may have insect repellant effects as well.
At-home relief. Colloidal oatmeal baths can relieve acute itching from a variety of causes.
In addition, for people who have frequent allergic reactions, regular use of extracts from German chamomile and a flavonoid called quercetin may be helpful. Of course, if you know you have an allergy to any insect or think you might, check with a healthcare practitioner first.