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Bug Bite Soother

There's a long list of things I love about summer: sunshine, flip flops, swimming pools, ripe tomatoes, cold beer, fireflies and backyard barbecues, to name but a few. What's not to love? Well, itchy bug bites can be a real killjoy on a great summer day. Mosquitoes, gnats, biting flies and other buzzing bugs have a way of really violating your personal space when the weather heats up. Try as we may to repel them, bites from these pesky party crashers are a fact of summertime living. The next time you get a bite, treat it with baking soda to help the itching and swelling subside fast.

For 1 use
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A few drops of water or witch hazel

    1. Combine baking soda with enough water or witch hazel to make a paste.

    2. Spread it on the affected area.

    3. Allow paste to remain on skin for 10 to 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

    From The Baking Soda Companion by Suzy Scherr. Copyright © 2018 by Suzy Scherr. Excerpted with permission by The Countryman Press.