Even though we’ve had beautiful weather every night this past week, the humidity during the day is so unbearable. It feels as though we are living in the Amazon. On top of the miserableness of the weather itself, the humidity seems to have called every single bug near by. They have come out in full force and are intent on attacking any and everyone.
Even our poor dog who can do nothing but try to shake them off his nose.
Although I know about a hundred different ways to repel bugs, there always seems to be those few ninja-like bugs that manage to sneak past the defenses and get a bite. Plus those always seem to be the bugs that bite in the oddest and worst places as well.
Your knee. Your nose. The middle of your back. There is no escaping them.
I would applaud their determination but I just can’t stand the itchiness that comes after. In addition to the hundred of ways of repelling bugs, there seems to be just as many, if not more, ways of soothing the effects that their bite leaves behind. However, whether or not kids will hold still long enough to let you soothe those itchy spots is another story entirely.
But with a couple of essential oils, some coconut oil, and a roller ball, you will have a fast acting, fast absorbing mixture that is sure to soothe even the worst of bug bites and putting an end to itchy bumps once and for all.
Even though I now get a whole lot less amount of bug bites compared to when I was younger, they still are possibly one of the worst parts of summer. Besides humidity. They manage to sneak in, give you a quick bite, and you are left scratching for days after it happens.
And usual, there is that one person in your life that doesn’t help in the slightest when they constantly remind to not scratch it, even when you weren’t scratching it in the first. Leaving you with thoughts of giving your arm a good old scratch swirling around in your head.
I know they mean well, but it is just like when someone tells you ‘don’t look now but…’ You can’t help but turn and look and whatever is behind. Even if you try to make it subtle as possible.
Now I have heard just about every method under the sun on how to help soothe a bug bite, but some of them are just not the most practical remedy out there. Unless you are willing to sit with onion on your arm for 30 minutes. Most of the time you need something that you can quickly swipe or spray on your arm and be on your way.
Do you know any other remedies for bug bites? What is the weirdest one you have come across so far?
Essential oils have loads of uses, so it is no surprise that several different oils are perfect for banishing that itch that any number of little critters can cause. But together they create one ultimate bug bite soother to make sure that any negative effects that these little nips can cause are gone forever.
It is important to note that you should make sure to check with the specific brand of essential oil you are using, whether or not it is safe to apply topically.
What You Will Need:
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree)
- Peppermint Oil
- Thyme Oil
- Roller Ball Bottle or small spray bottle
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
If you have ever had a cut or scrape of any sort, then you know how it can puff up slightly around the site and become irritated. Along with being crucial in many bug repellants, Eucalyptus helps on the other end of the spectrum in helping to soothe a number of skin issues that come from cuts, scrapes and bug bites.
Now lavender does have a reputation of being a calming and soothing scent for your overall mood when breathed in, but these effects are not only your emotional being. Lavender oil is known to also have a calming and soothing effect when rubbed into irritated patches on the skin, including bug bites.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Out of all of the oils, tea tree oil has to be the King Poobah of the essential oil world. It has qualities and the ability to help with almost any kind of issue, so it is no surprise that it ended up in this mix. Some of these qualities include being an antiseptic, which is important to use anytime the skin has been opened but even more so when people are going to be outside further and could get a number of things rubbed against it. In addition to this, it helps to ease the itchiness and irritations that occurs on the skin due to a bug bite.
Peppermint is often thought of being something that is in hard candies in a dish at a restaurant or brought out at Christmas. But peppermint actually has many surprising healing benefits. One of the most beneficial is that it is known to help remove any irritation or itch that a bug bite may cause so you will never feel that constant annoying sting that comes with one.
Last of all is what I like to call the sidekick of this mix. Thyme works well with a number of oils to emphasize specific properties. In this instance, it will work with the Tea Tree oil as an antiseptic in addition to being the ultimate partner in crime with Eucalyptus to help in soothing the bug bite.
This mixture is a perfect addition to a summer survival box, after a camping trip, or even just to have lying around the house so as soon as you notice a bug bite it won’t get another instance to possibly begin itching.
How To Make It:
Remember that the bigger the roller ball or spray bottle you use, the more diluted the essential oils will become.
To start, take your roller ball or spray bottle and add:
2 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Melaleuca
3 drops Peppermint
2 drops Thyme
Once you are finished, fill the remaining space with fractionated coconut oil.
Do not use regular coconut oil. This will thicken up inside the tube and clog up the bottle.
Screw on the top, give it a shake and enjoy relief from all of your little itches.