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Mosquitoes, bees, jellyfish:how to treat summer bites?

Mosquitoes, bees, jellyfish:how to treat summer bites? Our bare skin is a delight for mosquitoes and augustas. Not to mention the wasps and jellyfish that also target us. Tips and tricks so that their bites do not spoil our vacation.

Rather than relieving the bite, the ideal is of course to protect yourself from insects and other biting beasts. For this, there are many repellents to spray on the skin and fabrics to keep them at bay. In regions where the tiger mosquito is well established and carries diseases (dengue fever, chikungunya, zika, etc.) it is better not to skimp on these chemical weapons.

Otherwise, mosquito nets, covering clothes and a cocktail of essential oils (lavandin, geranium, Ceylon lemongrass and tea tree) do the trick.

To find out about the distribution map of mosquitoes in France and around the world, visit the website And if the damage is done, here are some good tips, natural moreover, to relieve bites:

How to relieve mosquito bites?

To neutralize the itching, dab a drop of spike lavender essential oil on the pimples. You can also rub them with apple cider vinegar or crush fresh plantain leaves between your hands. This small plant that forms rosettes along roadsides, in lawns and fields, quickly calms inflammation.

Another solution:use the Picure® pen (BITE-AWAY), a small non-invasive and chemical-free tool that relieves the itching, pain and blisters of an insect bite in 2 minutes at 60%, thanks to its technology based on thermotherapy.

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How it works ? The ceramic tip of the pen is placed directly on the skin, at the bite or insect sting. A transfer of concentrated and stabilized heat at 51°C takes place on the delimited zone for 3 to 5 seconds. This then causes the inhibition of itching and the blocking of histamine responsible for pain and puffiness. The unpleasant sensations then diminish up to 30 minutes after application (Available in pharmacies and parapharmacies).

How to treat a wasp or bee sting?

Above all, do not touch them so as not to disperse the wasp venom in your body. The ideal is of course to immediately extract the sting and the poison using an Aspivenin (suction pump sold in pharmacies). But not everyone has it on hand. In this case, approach a source of heat (hair dryer or lit cigarette, without touching the skin) to destroy the toxins, then apply cold.

If the itching is severe, mix a drop of chamomile and tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of calendula oil. Apply three times a day to lesions. In case of throat swelling, difficulty breathing or feeling unwell, go to the emergency room.

Jellyfish sting:what to do?

Contrary to popular belief, do not wash the wound with fresh water . The stinging cells injected into the epidermis could burst and amplify the pain. The best thing is to rinse the skin with sea water, then rub it with dry sand to remove the filaments that have stuck.

You can also eliminate them with tweezers or by covering your skin with flour, then scraping with a credit card or a postcard.

If a throbbing pain persists, consider homeopathy:take three granules of Hypericum perforatum 5CH three times a day. If the bite burns, opt for Apis mellifica 5CH:three pellets under the tongue three times a day.

How to remove sea-urchin spines from the skin?

Gently remove the quills with tweezers, so as not to break them, then disinfect the lesions. To facilitate the extraction, you can soak the affected foot in a bowl of warm olive oil to soften the flesh. When fragments of sea urchin spines get trapped just under the skin, regular foot baths with lemon juice will help dissolve them little by little.

How to soothe a chigger sting

The first measure to adopt:take a hot bath with Marseille soap to eliminate the larvae clinging to the epidermis. Do not scratch the red dots located at the level of the folds (groin, behind the knees…) and elastics of the clothes (belt, bra…), under penalty of increasing the itching. Better to rub them with a drop of spike lavender essential oil or with vinegar.

Important Information

Conventional medicine is based on the prescription of drugs whose effectiveness has been scientifically demonstrated and validated by clinical trials in the indications considered. Homeopathic medicines are not based on evidence-based medicine, but on the notion of traditional use. In order to be marketed, homeopathic medicines must have been registered or have a marketing authorization (find out more at

For serious pathologies (cancer) or in people at risk (infants, children, the elderly or people with chronic illnesses), homeopathy can be used in addition to but never as a replacement for non-homeopathic medicines prescribed by a doctor. Stopping the latter in favor of homeopathic medicines could interfere in a detrimental way with the evolution of these pathologies.

At the slightest symptom and before taking any treatment, it is necessary to consult a doctor registered on the board of the Council of the Order of Physicians.

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