Basil Poultice for Mosquito Bites

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Basil Poultice for Mosquito Bites
General Information
  • Poultices
  • Topical
  • Easy
  • 7 minutes
  • 1 application


  • 1 cup of basil (leaves, fresh)
  • 1 bandage
  • 1 gauze


It might come as a surprise to some to find out that basil is not only a delicious addition to homemade meals, but also an effective remedial herb. Its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antimicrobial effects are useful in relieving the seemingly never-ending itching, swelling, and redness of insect bites. This easy basil poultice for mosquito bites makes for an environmentally friendly solution for camping trips and countryside treks, while remaining gentle enough for children, adults, and elderly.

  1. Place fresh basil leaves in a mortar and crush them with the pestle until they release juices and turn into a paste. Alternatively, you may place the leaves on a cutting board and crush them with a rolling pan.(5 minutes)
  2. Place the mixture directly on mosquito bites, cover with a clean cloth, and wrap with the bandage so that the poultice stays in place. Leave it on for about 20 minutes.(2 minutes)