Summer brings warm weather, outdoor activities, late nights out and unfortunately bug bites and stings. No doubt you have been bitten at least once already, maybe even stung by a bee? Essential oils can offer quick relief for the damage they leave behind.
Most bites cause itching, irritation, and swelling. More serious bites from a black widow or a tick, for example, can be very harmful. Also, some people can get allergic reactions from bites or bee stings as well, follow up with medical care immediately if having a reaction.
If you have access to ice, putting ice or an ice pack immediately on a bite can help with swelling and pain right away. Follow up with topical essential oils.
Top 8 Essential Oils For Bug Bites
In order to quickly remedy common bites like mosquitoes, bees, and wasps, here are 8 essential oils that you can use. It is important to keep in mind that these essential oils can be irritating to the skin without proper dilution.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is famous for its soothing and relaxing qualities. Lavender oil offers relief from the discomfort and itching of a bite. It also has antiseptic properties so it can lessen the chance of your insect bite getting infected. This oil can work to repel the specific bugs like ticks and mosquitoes. A few drops diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the sting that’s hurting you should do the trick.
2. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Although it’s common to see lemongrass in the kitchen, lemongrass oil is excellent when mixed with other essential oils such as lavender and tea tree to prevent and soothe mosquito bites.
3. Basil Essential Oil
Not only does basil smell great, but it’s also the perfect herbal essential oil. This oil was mainly used for tight muscles, but it is also an effective oil to soothe stings from insects. Olive oil is the best carrier for this herb.
4. Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil is popular for bug bites, especially from mosquitoes. Mixing this with other oils like tea tree oil can make it more effective for a larger bite. Ensure that you correctly dilute this oil as a mix in case of irritation happens.
5. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil has cleansing properties. It can boost your well-being and the quality of your skin. It’s found in places around the world such as Australia, Florida, and France. Keep in mind to use an unadulterated oil to prevent skin irritation from it.
6. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil was used by Aborigines in Australia to remove irritations on their skin such as cuts and bites. This oil can also be used to stop them from happening in the first place.
7. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is anti-inflammatory so that helps with the pain, swelling, and redness. It helps to soothe insect bites and reduce inflammation. Combine this oil with lavender oil in order to enhance its calming and relaxing effects on your skin.
8. Peppermint Essential Oil
On top of its other benefits, research has shown that peppermint oil can take the sting out of several bug bites when used directly. The oil can be applied directly to stings and different bites but make sure to correctly dilute it as per the directions on the bottle.
DIY Roller Recipe for Itchy Bug Bites
This roll on bug bite remedy packs a punch with an essential oil blend of 3 powerful oils from the list above. The oils used in this recipe are lavender, tea tree (melaleuca), and chamomile essential oils. They will help with the itchy discomfort of bug bites.
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
- 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 10 ml Roll-On bottle
1. Add essential oils into roll-on bottle
2) Fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
3) Place roller insert and cap on and swirl oils together to blend.
4) To use, first cleanse bug bite area with soap and water, pat dry. Roll directly on and around the bug bite. Let air dry. Don't Scratch! 5% dilution.
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Essential Oil Recipe for Bug Bites Tips:
- When using essential oils on skin be sure to use only high-quality essential oils that are safe to use topically.
- Lavender, chamomile and tea tree essential oil are excellent choices for this recipe but you can use just lavender oil if you do not have all the essential oils in this recipe.
- A different carrier oil can be used other than fractionated coconut oil in this recipe. You can sweet almond oil or jojoba oil as a substitute, both are good alternatives.
- This is a perfect recipe blend to take on hiking, camping or outdoor trips. Also good for a home first aid kit.
In conclusion, these 8 essential oils are effective in soothing those annoying bites that you might get, and some of the oils even have extra positive effects such as soothing muscle tension. You will need to mix them together and dilute them to discover which combination of oils is best for you.
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