Chamomile is another useful remedy for a chigger bite. Its anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin, relieve itching, reduce inflammation and promote healing.
- Make 2 cups of chamomile tea and allow it to cool in the refrigerator. Soak a washcloth in this cool tea, then place it on the affected area. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Do this a couple of times a day for a few days.
- Alternatively, add 4 or 5 drops of chamomile essential oil to 1 tablespoon of coconut or castor oil. Apply it on the affected area a few times daily, until you get relief from itching and rashes.
10. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac, also known as neem, can also help get rid of the discomforts associated with chigger bites. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties help reduce itching and inflammation. It even reduces the risk of an infection.
- Simmer a handful of neem leaves in 2 to 3 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain the solution and allow it to cool. Use this water to wash the affected area, a couple of times daily for a few days.
- You can also apply a neem-based cream or lotion on the affected area, a few times daily.
- As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take necessary precautions when going to wooded areas.
- When hiking, avoid brushing up against vegetation.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants when going out in the woods.
- Apply mosquito repellent on your hands and feet before going out.
- Resist the urge to scratch to relieve the itching, as this can cause infection.
- You can also use calamine lotion, anti-itch creams, or simply Listerine mouthwash to deal with itching.