Ant bites are a terrible thing once you start getting it.
The bites can be painful, depending on how big the ants areAnd the most annoying of all is that when it doesn’t stop from itching.
To remedy the uncomfortable feeling from the ant bites and the constant itchiness, here are some of the easy remedies that you can do.
Soothe the bite with an aloe vera
Aloe veras are considered as a “wonder plant” because of its healing properties that can fight off any stinging burns and infections on the wounds and even for bite marks. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, then take out at least one stem and open it up. Rub the gel off to the bite marks that you got from the ants. It should be soothed by now and stop the itching. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant at home, you can always purchase an aloe vera based gel in the supermarket. Apply it onto your skin evenly.
Chop some of your favorite cucumbers
Just like the wonders that the aloe vera does, cucumbers are also effective in getting rid of bite itch. Chop a thin slice of a cucumber and place it onto your bite marks. The cucumbers have a cooling effect that can aid bite marks, wounds, and even a swollen skin. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes or until the itch subsides.
Swab some of that sweet honey
Honey is not only tasty and sweet, but it’s also a good healing agent for the body. It’s no secret that most health-conscious use honey as a natural sweetener instead of regular sugar. You can also use honey to remedy the itchiness from the bites. Depending on how big or many the bites are, apply a good amount of honey to the bitten skin. Let it sit for 30 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Squeeze some fresh lemon
Lemon is another kitchen miracle fruit that you can use for eliminating bad toxins from the body or soothe any wounds that the skin has. Lemons have tannin and polyphenols, a very important compound that can lower any inflammation that you have. These can also help your wounds, especially insect bites, to stop itching and swelling. Just apply a few drops of lemon juice or cover the bites with lemon zest.
Chop up some garlic
Garlic is not only common in kitchen use for sauteing your food. It also has healing properties that can fight off infections, and even it can fight off bad cholesterol and aid heart problems. Chop a clove of garlic and mash it for a little bit and apply it generously onto your bites. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash it off with warm water.
Place a tea bag on it
If you have used chamomile or green tea bags, don’t discard it but rather keep it for future use. These tea bags are more useful other than having it as a hot or cold drink. Gather all your used tea bags and store it inside the fridge to let it cold for at least 30 minutes. Then place the tea bag directly on the bite marks and let it sit for thirty minutes. Just rinse it with warm water afterward.
Rub some of that apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is also a kitchen superfood that has a lot of health benefits. It has been long used since the early times by our ancestors. It has proven to fight off infections and even aid indigestion. A few drops of it stop the bite marks from itching and swelling. You can also grab a clean towel and soak it in warm water and add a few drops of the apple cider vinegar. Tap the towel onto the affected skin, and let it sit for 10 minutes. If you need to repeat the process, then you may do so.
Let the thyme do its job
I guess we’ll never run out of herbal plants to showcase on this list. Another perfect remedy to aid your bite marks is thyme. Thyme is a good addition to any dishes as a topping or marinade for roasted chicken. But little did we know that this tiny herbal plant is a healing agent. All you have to do is to thinly chop the thyme and prepare a boiling pot of water. Make a concentrated thyme liquid and let it steep in hot water for at least 10 minutes. Apply the liquid to the bite marks. You can also directly apply the thinly chopped thyme to the skin and let it sit for 10 minutes as well.
Use your leftover oatmeal from breakfast
When making breakfast, set aside your leftover oatmeal. Did you know that other than being a good breakfast staple and weight loss best friend, oatmeal has healing properties, too? Yes, it is. It has a unique compound called avenanthramides that can fight inflammation that can also fight itchiness and severe swelling. Just make an oatmeal paste and directly apply it to the bite marks. If it’s cool, then it will have a more cooling sensation to soothe the bites.
Cool it off with ice cubes
Ice cubes are not only helpful to help with injuries and other muscle pains. The cooling agent it has can perfectly ease the swelling of the muscles and the wounds. You need to go ahead straight to the fridge and gather all the ice cubes and place them in an ice bag, just like how you treat an injured part of your body. Just place it on top of your bite marks and let it cool down with your swelling and itchy bite marks on your skin. Apply it for about 5 minutes only.