Treatment for gnat bites – essential oils and apple cider vinegar

gnat bites natural treatment

Gnat bites are present on every continent on the Earth in which Antarctica is also included. They can live anywhere on our bodies with a body of water or damp soil. Gnats are also known as Biting Midges. They are small flying insects which are related to mosquitoes. Gnats are literally pain. Fungus gnats or fruit flies are what people call gnats and they can be a serious nuisance. Gnats are tiny flies and in some cases they can be called blackflies or midges. Some varieties of gnat bites are annoying while others bite. The population control is the best way to prevent gnat bites but also there are some things which you can do to soothe your skin if it is bitten. Similar to mosquitoes, these insects want to be on warm and moist places where they can lay their eggs. Also they need blood to survive. Gnats cannot bite throughout the clothes but they can get underneath your clothes and they even can crawl into your hair. Gnats are tiny creatures. The eye gnat can transmit conjunctivitis. Gnats can bite humans. Talk with your doctor if you have been bitten by gnats because we do not guarantee you that these home remedies will work 100% for you.

Home remedies for gnat bite

Wash the bitten skin: A gnat which is biting has a 4 razor – sharp blades in its mouth which tear your skin and they leave a small open wound. You should clean on and around the affected area with mild soap and water. You should use paper towel or a washcloth to remove any excess moisture.

Essential oils: Essential oils are very effective home remedies for gnat bites. You will need a few drops of essential oil and you will notice that you will find a relief from the swelling and itching. Also many essential oils can help to prevent infection which can help you to take a 3 prong approach to treating your gnat bite. The best essential oils for treating gnat bites are: peppermint, eucalyptus, basil, thyme, chamomile, lemon balm, tea tree and lavender. When thyme is mixed with a little apple cider vinegar, then this is one of the best home remedies which you can use for treating gnat bites. It is very important to remember that the essential oils are very powerful and this is a reason why they should not be applied directly on your skin. You should always dilute the essential oil with carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba, apricot or almond oil. Also you should be sure that you are using true essential oils not fragrance oils because they have synthetic ingredients. The best natural treatments which will work great for the gnat bites are therapeutic – grade essential oils. [1,2,3]

White vinegar: There are some people who have said that when they have applied white vinegar on their mozzie bite, then this helped them to cure. They have used it frequently and this has always worked for them. You should put some vinegar on a cotton bud or tissue and then apply it to the bite.

gnat bites natural treatment

Natural treatments for gnat bites

Cedar oil: There are some people who have said that cedar oil have worked very effectively for them but talk with your doctor before  you use it as your natural treatment [3].  They have put 30 drops of cedar essential oil into 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol. They have put this mixture in a spray bottle. They have sprayed themselves and they have noticed that gnats have left them.

Baking soda and water: You should put baking soda in a bowl and you should put less water than baking soda and you should mix them until you get a paste from these ingredients. Then, step in the bath tub and you should rub it generously on the bites. You should let it sit on the bites for three to four minutes after that you should turn on the shower and you should wash off the baking soda. This natural cure may take a little bit for it to work but when it works, then it works awesome and perfectly and you can get relax from the opening and itching of the bites.

Monitor the wound for changes: If you have noticed that pus is forming in the bite, then you should know that this is a sign of bacterial infection. This is a reason why you need to see your doctor as soon as possible.

Oil of cloves: When you are using the clove oil for No – see – ums in the ears, then you should be sure to dilute a concentrated solution of oil of cloves because it can cause your skin to peel. You should start with a small diluted amount and work up a little at a time until No – see – ums are gone. [4]

Avoid peak biting times: You should know that mosquitoes and gnats are most often active around pools and ponds during the daylight hours. Also they are active near porch lights during twilight hours and early evening.

Apply antiseptic: You should know that gnats can carry bacteria from some things such as rotten food and this is a reason why you should swab the area thoroughly using a cotton ball. You should tape the cotton ball to the wound and you should allow the antiseptic to soak into bite. In the most cases topical antiseptics include hydrogen peroxide, iodine and alcohol.

Wear protective clothing: If you are going to area in which there are a lot of gnats, then you should wear long pants and long – sleeved shirts. You should know that gnats cannot bite through clothing and generally bite only exposed flesh. When you go outside, then you should spray the clothing with insect repellant. Also you should buy hats and hiking socks because they can help you to stay away from the gnat bites.

Watch for symptoms of anaphylactic shock: There are rare cases when insect bites can cause a severe allergic reaction which can be dangerous for our health or even fatal [5]. If you know that you have insect allergies or if you experience symptoms from the list which we gave below, then you should talk with your doctor as soon as possible. Here are some symptoms of anaphylactic shock:

  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Stomach cramps or nausea
  • Flushing (a hot, red sensation of the skin)
  • Itching around the eyes, lips, ears, throat or roof of your mouth
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty catching your breath
  • Difficulty swallowing or talking
  • Swelling of the throat, tongue or mouth
  • Collapsing or passing out

Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is one of the most used home remedies to get a relief from redness, pain and swelling in bee stings and wasp. Also it can help you to reduce the itch and pain of gnat bites. You should soak a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar and you should apply it to the affected area until you feel better. This natural cure is known for its anti – inflammatory properties and also it can give you a relief from the itching.

You can try Neosporin plus pain relief ointment: This type of ointment is available over – the – counter and it has pain relieving and antibacterial properties. You can apply some of it because in this way you will get a relief from the gnat bite.

Apply ice: If you have noticed that there is a swelling on the bitten area, then you can use ice pack or ice cubes because they can help you to reduce the swelling. You should apply ice to your skin and then you should hold it in place until you have noticed that the swelling is gone. Also if your swelling and itching have become unbearable, then you should apply an ice pack to your wound. You should allow the ice to work for fifteen to twenty minutes. The cooling sensation will help bring down the swelling and also it can numb the skin to alleviate the itching. You should not apply the ice directly on your skin. You should keep the pack between a towel and you should not let the ice pack to sit on your wound for longer than 20 minutes. Also you should not fall asleep with the ice pack.

Take a cold shower: You can use cold water to reduce the swelling and itching which are caused by bug bites. If you have noticed that you have multiple bites, then you should take a cool shower for 10 minutes or so and you will notice that you will feel better.

Avoid scratching: When you are scratching some types of bites and stings, then this can spread the venom through your skin which can cause a more itching and pain. Scratching can also open the wounds which can lead to infection.

Rubbing alcohol: When you apply the rubbing alcohol, then it can help to stop no – see – ums or biting midges.

Tomatoes: This may sounds weird but this vegetable has lycopene which in natural way can reduce the swelling [6]. Cut open a tomato. Hold it to your skin for a few minutes.


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[2] Trongtokit Y, Rongsriyam Y, Komalamisra N, Apiwathnasorn C. Comparative repellency of 38 essential oils against mosquito bites. Phytotherapy Research. 2005;19(4):303-9.

[3] Maia MF, Moore SJ. Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing. Malaria Journal. 2011;10(Suppl 1):S11.

[4] Baker BP, Grant JA, Malakar-Kuenen R. Clove & clove oil profile: Active ingredient eligible for minimum risk pesticide use. New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.

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[6] Kong K-W, Khoo H-E, Prasad KN, et al. Revealing the power of the natural red pigment lycopene. Molecules. 2010;15:959-987.


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