Every year, many “natural mamas” ask me, “How can I care for mosquito bites and harmful sun rays naturally?” To this question, I believe there are many perfectly acceptable answers, but here are my favorite solutions.
I use a combination of witch hazel and rose hip oil! Witch hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) is a strong astringent and anti-inflammatory. (2) The witch hazel plant has been widely used by American Indians for medicinal purposes to heal many ailments. (2) One of its many healing qualities include treating itchy irritated bug bites. Rose hip oil contains “…vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3 and K and has exceptional regenerative and healing properties…” (1) Both ingredients are remarkable and part of my everyday mommy arsenal of lifesavers.
AHP Mosquito (Bug) Bite Remedy
Apply witch hazel astringent to a cotton ball and swab the irritated bug bite. Then apply a thin layer of rose hip oil as needed. My routine usually consists of three daily treatments.
Many individuals take issue with the use of anatase titanium dioxide, an active mineral ingredient used in some sun screens. It “… reacts under… light (indoor too), releasing radicals that could damage cell DNA and membranes and mess with the structure of the outermost layer of skin. Essentially, it makes the skin more permeable, which isn’t ideal in an organ that’s meant to shield your body from outside threats (and yep, your skin is an organ)…” (3)
I use a Non-Nano sunscreen, the active ingredient Zinc Oxide. If you are more conscious than me, Shea butter has a natural SPF of about 6. (4) An SPF of 6 isn’t much, but if you or your babies spend little time in the sun and wear the proper attire, the protection is better than nothing for a super cautious mama.
(1) Timeslip. “Benefits of Rose Water and Rose Hip Oil For Health And Beauty.” Timeslip Solutions. Timeslip Solutions, n.d. Web. <http://rg-cell.com/benefits-of-rose-water-and-rose-hip-oil-for-health-and-beauty/>.
(2) Foster, Steven. “Steven Foster Group, Inc.” Witch Hazel, Hamamelis Virginiana, Witch Hazel Photos and Article by Steven Foster. STEVEN FOSTER GROUP, INC., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. <http://www.stevenfoster.com/education/monograph/witchhazel.html>.
(3) Chia, Jessica. “The Sunscreen Ingredient To Watch Out For.” Prevention. Http://www.prevention.com, 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. <http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/titanium-dioxide-sunscreen-can-change-dna>.
(4) “Natural Sun Protection with Shea Butter.” Vermont Soap. Http://vermontsoap.com, 28 June 2013. Web. 21 Mar. 2016. <http://vermontsoap.com/natural-sun-protection-with-shea-butter/>.
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