Nothing spoils a lovely day in your garden paradise more than itching and irritation the morning after. You’ve gotten an insect bite, and as backyard bug bites are want to do, it's probably driving you crazy and got you wondering what can help with the itching. The good news is there are plenty of remedies to help make those bug bites feel better. Even better is that many of these remedies require items you probably already have around your home.

Sweet as Honey

Honeycombs on a plate next to a bowl of liquid honey

Honey is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties so while you probably already reach for this home remedy to treat coughs and sore throats, you can also use it to help with itching. So don't discount the bees in your yard as pests. Not only are they great pollinators, but the honey they produce offers relief from the pain caused by other bugs. Plus, silly as it may sound, honey's natural sticky, viscous feel will act as a safeguard against you constantly scratching your itch and making the irritation worse.

Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda has so many practical purposes, so every kitchen should be stocked up with it. A simple baking soda paste, as in so simple you just add water, can help your bite’s itching subside. Take a small quantity of both, and just slowly add water to the baking soda as you mix it. Eventually you’ll reach a consistency that’s like toothpaste. Apply this paste to the bug bite and let it sit for about ten minutes. Wipe it off gently, and you’ll be feeling some relief.

Onion Slice

It may sound eye-watering, but a slice of freshly cut onion can help with your insect bite. You’ll want to leave the onion slice directly on the affected are for at least a few minutes to allow the onion juices to bathe the bite. Once you remove the slice, gently rinse the area with cool water. This home remedy can help to take the irritation and itch out of your bite. Even better is that you don’t have to use a particular type of onion. It just needs to be fresh.

Garlic Salve

Garlic gloves on wood surface

Garlic, like onions, are a nice remedy you can grow yourself, but unlike onions, you don’t want to apply freshly cut garlic to your insect bite. Putting sliced, raw garlic in direct contact with your bite will end up hurting more than helping. Instead, the best solution is to make a garlic salve. Mince up a clove or two and then add it to some liquid coconut oil that’s at room temperature. Mix it up really well, and apply it to your bite. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before wiping it off. Follow up with a cool washrag. Don’t have coconut oil in your kitchen? Another great option is an unscented lotion that you can use to mix the garlic with.

Chamomile Tea Bag

Chamomille tea leaves and a glass of tea

You’ve probably used chamomile tea to aid a sore throat or even to help puffy eyes, but it’s also great for bug bites. Unlike when making tea for drinking, you’ll want to steep the tea bag in cold water instead of hot. Put your mug in the refrigerator for about a half hour to chill it even further. Take the tea bag out of the water and remove enough of the water that it doesn’t drip on you. Apply the tea bag to the bite for ten minutes before removing it. Save this teabag, since it can be reused if the bite starts bothering you again. You can even make your own tea bags using chamomile flowers. Another way to speed up the first application is putting it into the freezer. Just make sure that you don’t forget about it or you may have a frozen tea bag in the middle of the water that you can’t use right away.

Oatmeal For the Win

Dried oats in a wooden bowl

Oatmeal is an excellent way to handle bug bites and other skin irritations that are common in the summer, such as rashes. You can mix up a small batch of paste in the same manner as the baking soda paste. Apply the paste for about ten minutes, then remove with a washcloth.

Have more spots than just a small bowl of oatmeal paste will handle? That’s fine. You can always take an oatmeal bath. There are even some great brands available packet sizes that are perfect for adding to a bathtub. Try looking for them in the bath and personal hygiene aisles. Stay soaking in the tub for about 20 minutes, rinse, and pat yourself dry. Cleaning your bathtub after may not be the easiest, but you’ll feel so much better afterward.

These home remedies will help you beat insect bites that bother you and your family. Check around your kitchen and bathroom for these items to see which is going to be the most effective for your bug bites. You’ll be happy to no longer being scratching thanks to a more natural touch.