The Best Natural Prevention and Treatment for Bug Bites

Welcome the warm weather, sunshine, and outdoor fun that summer brings, but leave behind the nuisance of bug bites. This season, you're equipped with natural strategies to prevent and treat those itchy, annoying red bumps, ensuring your skin remains happy and healthy.

Preventing Bug Bites Naturally

The key to a bug-bite-free summer lies in effective prevention. While numerous products claim to ward off bugs, many fall short or contain harmful chemicals. Here’s a safer approach:

  • Opt for Natural Repellents: Essential oils such as eucalyptus act as a natural deterrent against bugs. Remember to dilute them properly and conduct thorough research before application, especially on sensitive skin.

Natural Remedies for Treating Bug Bites

While prevention is an important step to lessening bug bite frequency, it has so far been nearly impossible to eliminate this impending frustration of warmer weather! Thus, good treatments are key. There are all kinds of products out there you can buy and try, but here are some at-home, natural bug bite treatments you can do on your own:


Not the kind of plantain that looks like a big green banana, but the kind of plantain that you can find easily growing in your back yard.  To treat an immediate bite, the leaves of this plant can be chewed (to get the healing juices out) and then held over the affected area. It may sound gross, but it’s been touted to work! When it comes to immediate bug bite relief it may be worth a shot.

Onion or garlic

While it may not smell the best, the juice from a raw onion can help reduce the pain and swelling caused by insect bites or stings! Just slice a little fresh onion and hold it over the bite/sting. If it’s really painful, grab a band-aid and tape a small, juicy piece of onion to the pained area for a couple hours. If you don’t have an onion, you can use a raw clove of garlic in the same manner. Slice a piece of the clove off so the juicy side is exposed, then rub the affected area with the clove. Garlic can sting, so this may not be best to use on children. The downsides to these methods: the smell! In addition to a treatment, they may be able to be used as a preventative, although it is not recommended since it wouldn’t just be bugs that would be repelled by the smell.

EmBeba Soothing Balm

The easiest, and much less stinky, option is to get a good bug bite balm for treatment! The best kind of balm is something like our EmBeba Soothing Balm Balm, which is formulated specifically to help fight itchiness and redness on the skin, and contains only ingredients that you’d find in your garden like calendula, arnica, beeswax, peppermint, rosemary, and more -- all put together to help with calming down red, itchy skin! (Bonus: it smells good, and there’s no chewing involved!)

EmBeba Soothing Patches

For targeted, mess-free relief, consider our Soothing Patches. These patches are infused with natural ingredients to quickly soothe and heal irritated skin, making them a perfect addition to your summer skincare arsenal.


Armed with these natural solutions, including the innovative EmBeba Soothing Patches and Balms, you're set to enjoy your summer adventures without the annoyance of bug bites. Explore our range of natural, skin-friendly products designed for the whole family's comfort and peace of mind.

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