For me and my family, living a healthy lifestyle means using natural products and remedies over medicinal solutions. This post is part of a monthly series called “Fighting Naturally” (see more posts here). Together, we look at different sicknesses, ailments, and other issues that are usually treated with traditional medicine, but can be treated just as or more effectively with natural remedies, such as essential oils. Since warm weather is here and that means the bugs are out, let’s look at fighting bug bites naturally!
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For some people, like my husband, bug bites don’t really bother them. They may itch for a few seconds, but the relief is quick. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people. Whether it’s a mosquito, a biting fly, an ant, or something worse, my skin around the bite site turns red and the bite itches for days. In the past, I’ve struggled to find relief. Sure, there are creams out there that you can apply to bites, but does anybody actually know how to pronounce what’s in those? What EXACTLY am I putting on my skin? I wasn’t comfortable using them, so I began looking for other alternatives. Luckily, I’ve found an amazing combination of essential oils that clears bug bites up within hours!
Which Essential Oils Are Best To Treat Bug Bites?
The top two oils recommended to treat bug bites are lavender and tea tree (melaleuca) oil. Lavender is a soothing oil, which helps to reduce the itching and burning of the bite. Tea tree is an antiseptic oil, which means that it goes into the wound to actually clear up the bite. Together, these two oils sooth the bite area and go into the wound to clear out any venom that the insect has injected into the skin.Tired of pesky bug bites? These essential oils will clear them up within hours! Click To Tweet
How Do I Apply These Oils?
There are many ways to apply essential oils, but this bug bite remedy is best applied in a roller ball. Simply add 10 drops of lavender and tea tree oil to a roller ball, fill to the top with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), and apply directly to the site. The itching and burning should stop within a few minutes. If not, simply reapply as many times as needed. In my experience, the itching stops almost immediately, and the bite is completely gone within 12 to 24 hours. If you don’t have a roller ball available, simple add a drop of each oil to your hand, mix with a little bit of your carrier oil, and apply to the bite. (Be sure to pin the graphic below for easy access to this solution!)
Is This Safe For Kids?
YES! Essential oils are safe for use on children when properly diluted. You never want to place an oil on a child without a carrier oil present, due to the sensitivity of children’s skin. However, the roller ball recipe mentioned above is 100% safe for use on children. In fact, last summer, my three year old niece came into the house crying because of a bug bite. We didn’t have any creams or ointments, so we used this recipe on her, and she was calm and back out playing within just a few minutes. Not only is it safe for children, but it is also extremely effective. 🙂
Now it’s your turn. Have you tried fighting bug bites naturally? What other natural remedies have worked for you?