Mosquitos: they love me. My blood must taste like a pina colada, because it is being steady sipped by lady skeeters all summer long. I’ve tried various itch relief remedies and while some have indeed been effective, they have also smelled nasty and/or contained ingredients that I didn’t want hanging out on my skin (After Bite = ammonia. Gross.).
Last year in the Adirondacks, I came across this little tin of Funny River Trading Itchy Skin Salve and had to try it. The salve is made with olive oil infused with dried herbs of chickweed, plaintain and comfrey, as well as beeswax, almond oil, wheatgerm oil, shea butter, neem oil, vitamin E oil and an essential oils blend of calendula, pine, juniper, menthol, and peppermint. As you can imagine, it feels really soothing on bites and smells so great that my dog tries to lick the tin whenever I open it. It doesn’t make the bites stop itching completely, but it does soothe them and importantly, fights the urge to scratch!