Sometimes the bugs bite you, in spite of your best efforts. This easy, natural remedy relieves the itch, speeds healing, and is safe for kids.
Well, it’s official. I’ve lost any faint hope of getting the “Mom of the Year” award.
We’re careful to use homemade bug spray whenever we go outside, check for ticks after hiking–the works. And what happens? Little Peanut (2) got a bunch of mosquito bites while she was asleep in her crib. Sigh.
Her arms and legs had bites all over them. Of course, she scratched the heck out of them in her sleep.
By the time she woke up in the morning, they were red and raw from itching. I knew they’d get infected if she kept scratching them.
We don’t have any calamine lotion (do they even make that anymore?), and I don’t want to use synthetic anti-itch creams if I can help it at all. Thanks to my favorite essential oil reference book, I knew exactly what would relieve the itch and promote healing.
Natural Bug Bite Relief
2 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or other carrier oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
10 mL glass rollertop bottle
Important! Please don’t use store-bought oils that say “not for internal use.” This means that the oils haven’t been tested for pesticides, contaminants, or other potentially dangerous substances. You don’t want to put pesticides or unknown chemicals on your kids (or yourself) just to stop an itch.
Pure essential oils, like doTERRA, are extensively tested for safety and purity. They even have the FDA nutrition label on them, so you know they’re safe to ingest. That’s not necessary for bug bites, but it’s an important indicator of the level of purity we’re talking about. Learn more about doTERRA’s safety and testing process.
More natural DIYs you’ll love:
- Fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil
- 10mL glass roller-top bottle
Put 4 drops of Melaleuca essential oil and 6 drops of Lavender essential oil into the rollertop bottle.
Add fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil to the bottle until almost full. Snap on the rollertop and label the bottle.
This bug bite relief is diluted for use on kids. To make this mixture stronger for adult use, only fill the bottle halfway with carrier oil.
Both Melaleuca and Lavender essential oil have antiseptic qualities, and Lavender promotes healing as well.
Usage: apply as often as once per hour, as needed, until the itching stops.
Important! Please don't use store-bought oils that say "not for internal use." This means that the oils haven't been tested for pesticides, contaminants, or other potentially dangerous substances. You don't want to put pesticides or unknown chemicals on your kids (or yourself) just to stop an itch.
Pure essential oils, like doTERRA, are extensively tested for safety and purity. They even have the FDA nutrition label on them, so you know they're safe to ingest. Ingesting is not necessary for bug bites, but it's an important indicator of the level of purity we're talking about. Learn more about doTERRA essential oils here.
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