So, I kind of screwed up. I brought a tin of Chagrin Valley bug repellent with me to Hawaii, intending to use it and review it on this blog. (We don’t really have too many biting bugs in the Bay Area, so I hadn’t had a chance to try it.)
It seems great. Comes in a metal tin and contains only Organic Virgin Shea Butter; Organic Jojoba oil; Organic Unrefined Beeswax; Organic Neem oil; Organic Essential oils of Lemon Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Citronella, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Basil, Thyme.
Yesterday, Michael and I were only planning to hang out in town, so I didn’t bother applying the bug repellant,
but we ended up driving up to see Wailua Falls. The falls were pretty from a distance, but I noticed people standing at the top of the falls and thought, if they can do that, why can’t we?
So we looked for a path, and found one… with a sign saying, “Area Closed. Danger. Steep Cliff. You Will Die If You Take This Path!! For Real.” So of course, that’s the way we decided to go. I took off my flip flops so I could grip the dirt with my toes, and down we went.
No sooner were we half way down the “cliff” then I noticed lots of little flying things around my feet. They didn’t whine like mosquitoes, and we were already halfway down, so I just said to myself, “Screw it,” and ignored them.
We made it to the top of the falls!
And then headed back.
Coming back, we chose an even steeper, more treacherous route and ended up getting separated at the top in fields of dense, high grasses that were over our heads. I notice I didn’t take any pix during that part… more interested in finding the road and each other and not dying.
That night, we celebrated our success at coming through our little adventure unscathed. I didn’t notice the scathedness of my ankles and feet until early this morning when I woke up itching like crazy. Holy cow.
Yep, those bugs were definitely mosquitoes. So I Googled “natural mosquito bite remedies” to figure out what I could do at 5am in a hotel room with things I already had. This article from The Healthy Home Economist, and especially the long list of comments at the end, gave me hope. The most promising solutions seemed to be banana peel rubbed on the bites (which we had bought earlier at a local farmers market), apple cider vinegar (brought for conditioning hair), or baking soda (brought for deodorant and washing hair.)
I tried the banana peel solution last night, and believe it or not, it worked! The itching mostly subsided right away.
I tried apple cider vinegar this morning, and it felt good going on, but the itching came back pretty quickly. So I used more banana peel, and right now my legs feel pretty good… as long as I don’t touch them.
Another solution recommended often is tea tree oil, but I didn’t bring any with me. I will next time I travel. What advice do you have for soothing itchy mosquito bites without using something in a plastic bottle or tube?
I’ll be using the bug repellent every time I go out now, but I probably can’t give you a real review since I’m already covered in bites.