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What a lot of people may not know is that there are certain plants that can’t actually help keep mosquitoes away (like these). This means you can keep them in your garden and have a natural and effective way to combat mosquitoes when needed. The way these plants work is through the compounds that can be found in them. These compounds need to be released for the plants to work and they can be released in a few ways. These include crushing, drying and infusing. After releasing the compounds in the plants you can then start utilizing them for mosquito repellent in the house, on the skin or on clothing.

When camping, or outdoors, it is almost impossible to avoid mosquito bites. However, mosquito bite relief is not difficult. There are clear steps to follow for treating mosquito bites that will reduce irritation and speed recovery. Once you’ve noticed a mosquito bite, the first course of action is to wash the site with warm, soapy water and then pat dry. Resist the urge to rub or scratch the bite – this can prolong the swelling and open the wound, which would allow dirt and bacteria to enter, potentially leading to a bad infection. Putting clinical scratch relief ointment on will help reduce irritation, however this can be hard to come by when on a camping trip. The next best step is to place an ice pack or a cold wet cloth on the bite; this is less effective then using ointment, but still aids the swelling and relief. If the bite grows more swollen, red, and/or irritated, there is a chance of infection and medical help should be sought as soon as possible.

One other tip for reducing the itching of a bite is to apply a small amount of regular flavor toothpaste to the bite. This will almost immediately relieve the pain. However, make sure to not leave the toothpaste on for too long – it can dry out your skin.