ASK THE PHARMACIST: 7 genius home remedies for bug bites

Kitchen cupboard cures for stings and bites

(SUZY COHEN, STAR NEWS ONLINE) So what do you do if you are stung or bitten by a nasty little critter? There are a host of remedies for insect attacks and other “owwies” that you can find at your local pharmacy, or in your kitchen.

Oatmeal

Put quick-cooking or rolled oats into a food processor or coffee grinder to make a fine powder. Mix that with a small amount of water to make a paste. Apply this paste to your sting. You can also take a bath with oatmeal for all-over itch relief.

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Black tea

Put a cold tea bag on the bite site for five minutes. The naturally occurring “tannins” in tea are what make it bitter, but these tannins also draw the poison out and ease discomfort. English Breakfast Tea is high in tannins.

Vinegar

Use white or apple cider vinegar. Mix it 50/50 with water and use a cotton ball to dab the mixture to your sore for instant itch relief.  SEE THE FULL POST AT STAR NEWS ONLINE

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