During the warmer months, we tend to spend a lot of time outside doing activities such as…
- Sitting around the campfire
- Lounging around the swimming pool
- Enjoying a hike in the woods
- Getting our hands dirty working in the garden
- Taking a stroll or riding bikes around the neighborhood
...and so many other summertime hobbies.
The only downside to enjoying all these activities?
Think about it...how many times have you come inside from a fun day only to discover mosquito bites all up and down your arms and legs--despite using the best natural bug sprays on the market.
Then, you find yourself up all night itching and scratching, which is certainly no fun!
The good news is that, if your bug spray doesn’t 100% prevent you from getting bitten, there are many natural essential oils that can help you get rid of your bugs (and the swelling and itching that comes along with them) ASAP.
Check out our list of essential oils to try now…
Bug Bite Essential Oil Remedy #1 - Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is a great oil for bug bite care as it is one of the very few oils that is safe to apply directly to your skin.
(Of course, if you have sensitive skin or allergies ALWAYS check with a doctor before applying essential oils to your body.)
The reason lavender oil helps soothe bug bites so well is that it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. Once you’ve applied it to the area where your bug bites are, it should help bring down the swelling and redness, making your bites less itchy and irritated.
Bug Bite Essential Oil Remedy #2 - Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is another great option for naturally soothing bug bites for several reasons.
First and foremost, peppermint oil has a cooling effect when used on the skin. When applied to a bug bite, this oil acts as an ice pack, cooling down the affected area and providing relief from inflammation.
Second, bugs detest the smell of peppermint. So, this oil not only soothes existing bug bites but also helps to prevent new bug bites from occurring if you’re still out and about.
The most important thing about using this oil is that you MUST dilute it with water. If applied directly to the body, your skin may become more irritated.
To dilute this oil, we recommend adding one ounce of water to every 6 drops of peppermint oil.
Bug Bite Essential Oil Remedy #3 - Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of nature's best natural antihistamines.
This means it has the power to reduce the activity of the body's histamine receptors which flare-up when an allergic reaction is happening. When the flare up is reduced, the itching and swelling are also diminished.
On top of being a natural antihistamine, tea tree oil also has natural antibacterial properties. For this reason, it can help prevent infections from occurring if you (or your children) just can’t help but itch your bug bites.
We recommend that you also dilute this oil, 6 drops per every ounce of water.
As always, please consult your doctor before using any form of essential oils on your skin as we all react differently to the ingredients we expose our skin to.
If you are given permission to use such oils, we hope that you’ll find the right one to help soothe your bug bites without having to use chemical-based medications, creams, or lotions to find relief.