A bed bug bite can be a very annoying experience and the affected person has to undergo many personal discomforts. Although bed bug bite is not an ailment, prompt care is required, as they could lead to secondary skin infections. The preliminary treatment is done at home by following the best home remedies for bed bug bites. If the itching/soreness of the skin persists for more than a week, then, we need to consult a doctor.

Below is a list of the top ten basic home remedies for bed bug bites:

1. Ice Pack method

The first straightforward step is to place an ice pack covered with a cloth on the affected skin. Leave the ice pack on for 10 minutes on the affected part. By placing the ice pack on the skin, it gives numbness to the nerves and soothes the skin from itchiness. However, an ice pack should not be applied directly on the skin as it tends to stick. Repeat the process as required.

2. Natural Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is an easily available plant species, grown widely in the tropical regions. It has a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. The amazing compositions of aloe vera gel relieve the itch and inflammation caused by bed bug bites. Rinse the freshly cut aloe vera leaf and slit open. Scoop the gel and apply generously on the affected skin.

Apply the gel 2-3 times a day until the itchiness and inflammation persists. Aloe vera gel also moisturizes the skin with its medicinal value. Aloe vera gel may not be suitable for all skin types. Hence, conduct an initial test on a small portion of the skin.

3. Marshmallow Roots

home remedy for bed bug bitesMarshmallow is a demulcent herb with medicinal values. It soothes the skin by reducing the inflammation. Prepare marshmallow poultice and apply to the bed bug bite. A poultice is the safest method to use on the skin.

Preparation of marshmallow poultice: Ingredients required are a considerable quantity of marshmallow roots, natural clay, and other beneficial ingredients. Add a little warm water and grind the ingredients to form a paste. The paste formed is enveloped inside the cotton cloth. Now, the marshmallow root poultice is ready and can be used to cure the inflammation caused by bed bug bites.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Acetic acid content in vinegar helps relieve itching caused by bed bug bites. Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply the vinegar on the affected area using a cotton ball. Leave it for a few minutes and wash it with water. Repeat the procedure until the inflammation persists.

5. Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion is composed of zinc oxide and 0.5% ferric oxide. Other additional ingredients are calcium hydroxide and phenol. It is the most widely used skin protective agent. It is also available as an over the counter medication. Calamine is used as the first treatment step for bed bug bites. Apply calamine lotion to the affected area, the lotion dries and gives a soothing effect. Repeat the application of the lotion 2-3 times on a daily basis.

6. Oatmeal

 treatment for bed bug bitesThe biggest concern is the scar after the bed bug bite. Scars are no more an issue with the use of oatmeal. Oatmeal relieves itching and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Oatmeal with water: Mix 2-3 teaspoons of oatmeal with water and form a fine paste. Apply it on the affected area and repeat the process multiple times for a couple of days.
  • Oatmeal, peppermint essential oil, and lukewarm water: Have a bath with warm water prepared by adding a half cup of finely ground oatmeal with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. To obtain best results, let the mixture rest for 15 minutes before you have the bath.

7. Cinnamon With Honey

Cinnamon is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes from itchiness and irritation caused by bed bug bites. Honey is good in medicinal values, and when used on the skin it acts as a moisturizer. Mix cinnamon with honey to form a paste-like consistency. Apply it on the affected area. Let the paste dry before you wash it off.Repeat the process 2 to 3 times a day, till you feel total relief.

8. Baking Soda With Water

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) too, has good anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce the redness caused by bed bug bites.Mix baking soda and water in a 1:3 ratio. Apply generously to the affected area and leave it to dry. Later, wash the affected area and moisturize the skin- baking soda can cause extreme dryness. Keep repeating the process a couple of times on a daily basis.

9. Margosa or Neem Leaves

remedies for bed bugs bitesCommonly known as Neem, the leaves, and fruits obtained from this tree have very high anti-microbial properties. There are two methods of using the neem leaves.

  • Make a fine paste of the leaves with water and apply generously on the affected area. Repeat the process a couple of times on a daily basis till the itchiness persists.
  • The second method is to boil one cup of leaves in around 2 liters of water in a container. Boil it till only half the quantity of water remains. Add this to your bath water and bathe yourself with it. This will provide you relief from the itch. Repeat the process 2 to 3 days, and you should feel total relief.

10. Juniper Berries, Beeswax, Cloves, and Butter

Juniper berries are well known for their detoxifying properties. It has high anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well. A beeswax is a natural form of wax produced by honey bees. They help in moisturizing the skin. Cloves are composed of eugenol, which has high antibacterial and anti-inflammatory purpose.

Procedure to prepare the paste: Melt the beeswax in a pot. Add unsalted round juniper berries and ground cloves in the pot and cook well. Leave the mixture to attain room temperature and apply on the affected area. This should bring about quick relief after a few applications.


The above mentioned remedies are the best inherent home remedies for bed bug bites. You would do well to prevent further invasion of the bed bugs by taking necessary precautionary measures. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure!

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