How to Treat Sunburn, Stings and Bites

Don't let unexpected surprises stop the smiles on your summer day. Use these handy remedies to help you and your loved ones treat any problems from the sun or creepy crawlies.

How to treat sunburn, stings and bites

How to Treat Bee and Wasp Stings

Make a simple paste made from baking powder and water to neutralise acidic bee stings.

Neutralise alkaline wasp stings with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water.

(Wasp sting venom is alkaline, bee sting venom is acidic).

How to Treat Heat Rash

Make a cup of camomile tea and let it cool down. Dip a clean, soft towel down into the cool tea and apply straight to the skin.

How to Soothe Sunburn

Squeeze some aloe vera gel into an ice cube tray and freeze. Rub the aloe ice onto the affected area for super soothing relief for sunburn, bites or stings.

DIY Oat Bath

Oats are said to have moisturising qualities to treat dry, red and itchy skin. Fill the foot of a pair of clean tights (that you don't need anymore) with regular breakfast oats and hook it over the taps so the water runs through it, filling the bath.

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Dab a small lump of toothpaste on each mosquito bite – the mint sensation will help to cool the itch.

How to Treat Nettle Stings

If you can't find good ol' fashioned dock leaves get some sticky tape, dab a piece onto the sting to remove the tiny plant hairs that could still be present, then clean the area before rubbing with a dry bar of soap.