Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mosquito Bite Remedy

My favorite mosquito bite remedy is Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum tectorum.It is easily grown in a well drained, sunny area and survives our harsh winters without a problem. Simply break off a nice fleshy leaf, give it a squeeze to release the soothing, cooling juice inside and dab on the mosquito bite. You may have to do this a couple of times depending on how potent the mosquito happens to be. Avoid scratching the bite while the hens and chicks works its magic and the bite will disappear!
It is safe to use on most anyone. (The plant is eaten in salads in the Netherlands, I hear.)
I have it planted throughout my garden so I always have a leaf handy.Mosquitoes love me! You can also use the soothing juice on minor burns, cuts and nettle stings.


  1. I will have to remember that remedy for them skeeter bites, cause I get them all the time while in the country.

  2. It's so amazing to me that Nature provides us with a remedy for most every ailment it dishes out! We just have to discover it.

  3. i definately need to get some of that! I live in the south where the misquitos are EVERYWHERE especially since all it has done in rain here lately.

  4. You only need a couple of plants to start- they multiply pretty quickly. Lavender essential is also good for stopping the itch. Just dab a little on straight out of the bottle.