You might have guessed I've been busy lately. I wrote a half-crazy post about anxiety and then disappeared from my blog for a few weeks.
It's been good-busy though. Besides keeping up with my exciting new routine, I've managed to collect some sea glass from the Jersey shore, lull a baby to sleep at a wedding, and attend an outdoor birthday party for a pup. You read that right. Yes, there were pooch-friendly cupcakes. Yes, I brought a gift. Yes, I talked to dogs as much as to people for two hours.
But a moist September evening is no time for outdoor birthday parties if you don't want to come home with some serious battle wounds.
J is colorblind. It's difficult for him to see the difference between white and pink. This is advantageous when his white t-shirts accidentally make it into the laundry with our red bath rug. This is disadvantageous when I am trying to get bug bite sympathy. I'm not sure those pictures are clear. So to help you and J out, let me explain: I have bug bites the size of dimes. One of them has a bruise around it.
I'll also tell you, even J can see them. And he says they're bad.
So I scoured the internet for some natural itch relief ideas. Apparently, a ground up aspirin mixed with some water makes a very useful paste. But our measly collection of medicine does not include aspirin, so I combined a couple of suggestions that sounded best to me.
Bug Bite Be Gone
apple cider vinegar
tea tree oil
Moisten a cotton ball with the apple cider vinegar, then add a few drops of tea tree oil. Dab your bug bites with the cotton ball, and resist the urge to itch!
Both ingredients are powerfully anti-microbial, so this process reduces the risk of infections and slower healing due to itching. The vinegar is anti-inflammatory, reducing redness, swelling, and itchiness. And the tea tree oil is numbing, bringing blissful relief from irritation.