You do not respond to a mosquito bite with a hammer
– Patrick L.O. Lumumba
I am delicious.
We know this, I’ve even written about it before. Mosquito bites are a pretty common theme in all my travels, it doesn’t matter where we go; they will find me. And bite me. A friend once described me as ‘the best insect repellant out there’ because when I am around, bugs do not bite anyone else.
When we got to New Zealand this year we encountered not only mosquitos, but also sandflies. We must have been pretty lucky in the past, because we have never actually experienced sandflies before. If you haven’t either, then let me explain: sand flies are basically tiny, biting needles that live in swarms and prey on any and all exposed flesh. And the bites itch. More than a mosquito bite ever could! And possibly even worse, the itch caused by these tiny creatures has been known to last for up to 3 months.
So now I am covered in red, itchy lumps that are possibly my reality for the next 12 weeks (assuming I don’t get any more bites, and we all know that I will find new bugs to bite me in that time) what do I do? Scratching only makes the itch worse and last for longer. There must be a way to stop the itch, right?
Nitch. Nitch is my saviour!
As the tag line says, Nitch equals no itch. A friend of ours introduced us to this wonder cream, and now it is a permanent part of my medical kit. I shall carry Nitch wherever I travel, and to be honest, I will keep a tube in my first aid kit when I’m not travelling too. Any itch, apply a small blob of this cream and within minutes you can no longer feel that there was a problem to begin with. One application lasts for between 4 and 6 hours (on me at least!) so it is pretty hassle free and long lasting.
Nitch is the brain-child of Petra, a pharmacist interested in the use of natural remedies. The product was developed and manufactured in New Zealand, and can be purchased in pharmacies across the country, or bought online, and can be shipped internationally. It costs 17NZD per tube (around 10GBP) and is well worth the investment – we have been using one tube several times a day on around 30 bites on two people for the past four months, and we still have half a tube left!
The cream is a blend of plant-based ingredients including chickweed, hypericum, Myrrh, Echinacea, Manuka and Lavender, combining the anti-itch, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of each to help relieve itchy skin rashes, bites, stings, sunburn, and even itching caused by chickenpox and shingles. I’ve not personally tested it on chickenpox and shingles, but the cream really does work miracles on the other reactions. Most recently, I have been using Nitch on an eczema flare up on my arm, and it is helping to not only keep the itch at bay, but also to moisturize the skin and stop it from drying out like in a normal reaction for me.
I’m not sure that it is possible to oversell Nitch, for me, it is exactly the product I need. I know that insect repellant does not work 100% of the time (I’d be willing to bet it only works for me around 30%) so having something that will help me to cope with the reactions that will happen. Because after all, I am delicious.
If you are interested in purchasing Nitch, and I highly recommend you do, then visit pharmacysales.co.nz. I am not affiliated with the company in any way, I just love this so much that I can’t keep it to myself!
Remember: if you are a tasty as I am, then Nitch. It equals no itch!
Now, all I need is bug spray recommendations so I don’t have to cope with the bites in the first place!