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.
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 doTERRA essential oils are extremely potent, a few drops are all that’s needed! To make this mixture stronger for adult use, fill the bottle 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.