How to Soothe a Bug Bite with Lemon Oil

Most bugs impart toxins through their bites, which cause inflammation in the skin, resulting in irritation and redness. As long as these toxins remain in the body, the swelling will not go down.

The swelling can worsen to a great degree, more than you might think possible from a small bug. The situation can get even more aggravated for people with sensitive skin. Most doctors would probably recommend some antibiotics which can help the swelling go down and prevent fever or any other complications.

However, if you do not want to take strong medication, you could try using lemon oil to ease the pain. Lemon oil is a natural antiseptic with therapeutic properties; it is anti-anemic, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, and rubefacient.

Things Required:

– Lemon oil
– Towel


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    Most people don’t know this but lemon oil is extracted from lemon peels and is very useful, with multiple advantages. It is mostly yellowish or green in colour. You can easily find it being sold either as a pure essential oil, or mixed with other oils. However, when planning to use it on a bug bite, it is suggested that you buy it in its pure form.

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    Wash the area of the skin bitten by the bug with soap, in order to thoroughly clean it. Remember, before treating the infected area, you need to make sure it is free of dust; otherwise, applying the lemon oil will not do much good.

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    After rinsing the area, dry the skin by gently patting it with a clean dry towel. This could cause some pain and if you feel any pain, it is suggested that you try not to apply force while drying. Do not rub at any point in time. Rubbing will only increase the irritation, so avoid that and just pat with the towel.

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    With the skin all dried up, it is time to apply the lemon oil. Open the lid of the jar and use a tea spoon to take the oil out. Now, pour this oil onto the skin; you can also pour it into the palm of your hand and then apply it on the infected area.

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    Gently massage the area with the oil; you may have to continue this for a while until you notice the pain going away. Lemon oil is a natural antiseptic and protects the bitten area from infection, which speeds up the healing process. However, you will have to repeat this at least twice a day, in order to relieve the pain and the swelling completely.

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