basil and peppermint leaves paste recipe


Basil leaves contains anti-itch compounds called camphor and thymol. This is my personal go-to trick for bug bites, as it’s so quick and easy.

De Natali Zakharova /


  • 15-20 Fresh basil leaves 
  • 15-20 Peppermint leaves 


Crush up all the leaves either in your hand or using a mortar and pestle and apply directly onto the affected area or the skin where it is itching. Rubbing the leaves directly onto the skin satisfies the uncontrollable urge to scratch.