Essential Oils Insect Bites
I would say all of us have been bitten once or twice over our life’s ?
Mine is usually whilst away in Thailand on holiday. & the first time I had all the sprays containing DEET ! I can not stand the smell of the stuff ! & still got bitten Grrrrrrr.
The first time I was there I got bitten on my legs ( skinny white things easy to bite. That’s my legs ! lol ) it drove me mental with the itching !
My wife bought this white chalky looking rock. She said it was some natural thingy or something like that ? well she broke a bit off and added a little water then dotted over the bites, It had no feeling to it, just left a chalky look over the bite. The itching stopped nearly straight away ! This started me thinking what if essential oils could do the same ? & which essential oils would be good as a repellent ? So when I got home I started searching & experimenting to find the best essential oils for both putting on bites & repelling the little blighters in the first place.
Best Essential Oils for Insect Bites :
PEPPERMINT : It has that cooling effect that will always help when you have been bitten.
GERMAN CHAMOILE OR CALENDULA : Both of these essential oils reduce inflammation & encourage healing.
BASIL OR ROSEMARY : Are really good at stopping the irritation caused by the bite.
Any of these essential oils can be used as a combination with a carrier oil. tea tree is also good mixed with any of the above.
If I have been bitten. I start by using a little cider vinegar, Just a little on the end of my finger over the bite mark. This stings a bit. then with either jojoba, coconut or olive oil mixed with 5 to 10 drops of lavender (depending how much I’m making ) I apply over the bites & it’s as easy as that ! & if you use a sealed bottle the essential oil mixture will keep over the BRITISH summer ! I’d say way longer seeing we only get about 1 week a year ! lol .I have kept them for between 3 to 4 months.
Essential Oils to Make Insect Repellent :
Now we have all seen the CITRONELLA candles, burners & oils you can get for outside ?
Well you can also use EUCALYPTUS, (THERAPEUTIC GRADE), CINNAMON, LEMON EUCALYPTUS, GERANIUM & LEMONGRASS. All will work well in burners, Add a little water and about 5 to10 drops, place in the centre of the table.
Or using a little spray bottle, put about 10 drops in with distilled water & use like you would normal repellents.
Essential Oils for Mosquito Bites ?
All the above should help with the biggest enemy of them all. The Dreaded MOSQUITO. but just like all of the over the shelf sprays with DEET in this isn’t a guarantee. But I would rather use natural products over chemicals any day.
If anyone has any other great idea’s please leave me a comment so I can try. or if you try my ideas, let me know which worked best for you ? Remember you have to make sure you have no allergies to essential oils & always buy 100 % essential oils.