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.
Itch Be Gone bug bite relief
2 Tablespoons sweet almond oil or other carrier oil
4 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil (buy it here)
6 drops Lavender essential oil (buy it here)
10 mL glass rollertop bottle
Put the Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils into the rollertop bottle, and add carrier oil until almost full. Snap on the rollertop and label the bottle.
Because quality essential oils are extremely potent, a few drops are all that’s needed! To make this mixture stronger for adult use, fill halfway with carrier oil.
Both Melaleuca and Lavender have antiseptic qualities, and Lavender promotes healing as well.
Apply 2-3 times a day until the bites heal and the itching stops. Next time, make some DIY Insect Repellent so the bugs stay away! 😉
And yes, Mom, I vacuumed the holy heck out of her bedroom. See? All better.