So a nasty mosquito has bitten you… Ouch! What do you do now?
If you want my advice: run to your home apothecary and grab your essential oils! 😉
There are a few ways to soothe the itchiness of mosquito bites. I’ll show you the essential oils you’ll want to use, plus how to quickly create a natural remedy and treat these nasty bug bites at home.
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Since bug bites are always a big topic with children, I’ll also show you which oils are preferred to use on your little ones, to ensure you’re not using oils that may be too strong for them.
Best Essential Oils for Mosquito Bites
To relieve the stinging and itching sensation of bug bites, you’ll want to use:
- Lavender (kid safe)
- Tea Tree
- Chamomile (kid safe)
If you make a bug itch treatment with essential oils, you’re also cashing in on other oil benefits. Essential oils are proven to improve other body conditions. For instance, Lavender oil promotes body relaxation and better sleep. And Tea Tree is a renowned antiseptic in many skin care treatments.
Stack up the health benefits and use essential oils for all sorts of things at home, including treating those itchy bug bites!
1. Bug Itch Roller Recipe
If you know you’re prone to mosquito bites, and you hate that stinging sensation that makes you want to scratch it all the time, make this bug itch roller and keep it in your first aid kit.
The mixture of peppermint oil and tea tree oil can help relieve the discomfort of itchy skin.
In an empty 10 ml roll-on bottle (like these ones here), mix 5 drops of peppermint and 5 drops of tea tree oil together. Top up with Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) or any other carrier oil you may have on hand at home. FCO is preferred because it is thin, therefore easy to apply from a roller. It also has an almost infinite shelf life, so chances of it going bad are small.
Apply it generously over the mosquito bite. The cooling sensation of the peppermint will take the itchiness out, and the anti-fungal property of the tea tree oil will help treat the bites.
Kid safe variation: Use Lavender and Chamomile essential oils only.
2. Mosquito Bite Cold Compress
To stop the inflammation of mosquito bites from getting worse, apply a cold compress with the mixture of lavender and tea tree oil. Mix 1-2 drops each of lavender and tea tree oil into a cold bowl of water. Soak a wash cloth in it. Squeeze out any excess water before applying the compress to the bites.
3. Bug Bite Spray
Apple cider vinegar is used for much more than only to add a bit of sour taste to your vegetable salad. It is also possible to use this kitchen condiment to treat nasty mosquito bites. I’m not kidding. The acidic property of the apple cider vinegar is an excellent neutralizer to the stinging sensation caused by the insect bites.
Mix 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar with 15 drops of lavender and 10 drops of chamomile in a spray bottle (such as these ones here). Shake the mixture well before applying it on the bites. This spray is lovely for bug bite relief for children!
Essential oils can provide great relief for bug bites. They are a popular home remedy, and you may already have oils at home that you can try in the case of a sting.
If you have a severe allergic reaction, an extremely swollen bee sting, or other worrisome symptoms, please consult your doctor or pharmacist. You should also ensure that it’s not a venomous spider bite. Discontinue the use of essential oils immediately and seek medical care.
I hope you’ve found this article useful for getting quick relief from itchy bug bites. Treating your skin with natural essential oils is always my preferred way to approach anything. If you’d like to read further natural recipes, you may enjoy this DIY bug repellent spray recipe, or these home treatments for scars, scratches and minor wounds.