My child is one of those people who is really attractive to mosquitoes, and she tends to obsess and itch them open — gross. This has prompted much well-meaning folk advice about itches, like this:

"natural relief" infographic

So, in text form:

  • inside of banana peel
  • paste of baking soda
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lavender essential oil
  • tea tree oil
  • lemon slice
  • slice of onion (this one often recommended as particularly effective)

And, not in the picture, but basil has also been suggested.

Do these remedies relieve the itching of mosquito bites?

(I found a number of questions here about natural mosquito repellents — let's assume it's too late for that.)

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    @Sancho I haven't seen that particular claim; I'm just putting it out there as a readily-available treatment for which there is estabilished benefit. I'd be interested in any non-anecdotal evidence demonstrating any actual benefit whatsoever.
    – mattdm
    Jul 31, 2013 at 16:25
  • I made an edit that I think focuses the question more directly on the claim actually made. Please feel free to change if you think I've missed your point.
    – user5582
    Jul 31, 2013 at 16:35
  • That's fine — I just wanted to give a little more background to explain why I've turned to asking this here. If the more focused question is more likely to get good answers, I'm all for it.
    – mattdm
    Jul 31, 2013 at 16:38
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    Off hand, tea tree oil actually has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, but what exactly are you looking for with regards to reliving them? Do you mean having them itch less, not get infected, etc.?
    – rjzii
    Jul 31, 2013 at 17:27
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    Another method claimed to relieve the itching is heat - lifehacker.com/…
    – doppelfish
    Jul 31, 2013 at 21:05


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