One of the drawbacks of these lovely summer days is insect bites. There is often no escaping those pesky biters, especially if you are holidaying in a hot country, and once you have been bitten, the itching can be can drive you mad, not to mention the fact that insect bites look so unsightly.
You can minimize your chances of being bitten while on holiday abroad by using some effective natural insect repellents; those made with the plant called neem are a popular choice, as neem is a natural repellent.
Citronella is also a good choice, and you can often find candles made with this, so you can burn these outside to keep the little critters at bay if you sit outside on warm evenings.
If you plan far enough in advance, some time before your trip, increase your intake of vitamin B1, i.e. through a supplement. It is known that B1 can emit a scent which biting insects don’t like, so it reduces your chance of being chomped.
If you do get bitten, calendula is a fantastic soothing option, as is aloe vera gel, which can both help to reduce the itching and inflammation. Apple cider vinegar is also good, but avoid using it if the skin is broken. I also find that coconut oil is great for soothing bites and stings: it can help them to heal within a few days.
Be sure to take proper medical advice, though, if you are jetting off somewhere exotic, i.e. an area where you may catch malaria, as this poses an increased risk to your health, and you may need stronger protection, e.g. a vaccination.