Q. Here is a home remedy for you. I got bitten by fire ants yesterday, and the bites swelled up and itched like crazy. I applied castor oil right away, and the itching stopped. The bites are just a little bit swollen today, and they don’t itch at all. Castor oil sure works on ant bites!

A. Castor oil is an old-fashioned remedy that was once used as a laxative. We’ve heard of using it on warts, bruises and sore joints, but this is the first we’ve heard of using it on ant bites. Other remedies that readers have successfully used on fire ant bites include baking soda and vinegar, toothpaste and Vicks VapoRub.

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  1. KP

    I do not doubt it stopped the itching. Castor oil shrinks pores, so it sounds like it shrunk the bites. I use Castor oil in my facial cleansing routine. Since it shrinks pores, and I only have partially oily skin, I put half Castor oil and half Sunflower Seed oil in a small bottle. I keep this in the shower to cleanse my face with. I put it on and rub it in then steam with warm cloth, and gently rub most of it off.
    What stays behind softens and moisturizes. I used to use a gentle face cleanser that cost a good bit. Now, this little bottle lasts a long time and is easily refilled from my pantry. You can use olive oil, or any other oil you like, but I prefer the sunflower seed oil as it is lighter and smells so good!
    I have used this oil cleanser method for over 2 years and my skin is wonderful. Even my dermatologist commented on how lovely it looked (I am 63). I didn’t tell her what I used for fear she would laugh. I will use the Castor Oil for ant bites on my hubby who works outside on our farm and comes in contact with them frequently.

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