10+ Effective Essential Oils For Bug Bites

May 21, 2019

Even though bug bites can be
terrible and irritating, there are some remedies that will help you in curing bug
bites in no time. Essential oils for bug bites can be very effective if used correctly.

These oils reduce inflammation and itchiness, thus, taking the misery out of painful bug bites. These plant-based oils also help in reducing the temptation to scratch, which help in preventing further infections. This article will list out some essential oils that you can use in case of a bug bite for quick relief:

1. Peppermint oil helps in
preventing the burning and itching from bug bites. Peppermint
oils helps in creating a cooling
sensation on the skin
. Peppermint oil also has a anti-microbial
property, thereby reducing the risk of further
ion, especially for those who have sensitive skin.

2. Tea tree oil is one of the
best essential
oils for bug bites
. It helps in preventing bacteria and other microbes from growing in
a bug bite. Tea tree oils also help in reducing scratching, thereby the risk of
further scratching and aggravated infection.

Tea tree oils also act as
natural antihistamines, thereby mitigating the effects of allergic reactions
and further itching. It also helps in mitigating redness, swelling and
itchiness. Tea tree oils also have the incredible
ability to take away localized pain. It helps in numbing the pain in the given
area, so you can no longer feel the bug bite.

3. Lavender oil has a calming
effect on the skin, thus it helps to alleviate the distress caused by a bug bite.
It also helps to reduce the pain and itchiness of both mosquito and
bug bites.

4. Lemongrass oil has many antimicrobial effects which
help to contain the spread of insect-borne diseases, including those borne of
mosquitoes. Lemongrass oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and thus
helps in reducing inflammation, thereby making the bug bite less painful.

5. Camphor oil is also effective for treating bug bites as it creates
a pleasant warming sensation on the skin, thereby reducing the itching from bug
bites. However, if the bite burns and doesn’t itch that much, avoid using
camphor oil as it can worsen the itch.

6. Chamomile oil also helps
against bug bites. This is because chamomile has
anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to prevent allergic reactions,
itching and burning sensations that are often associated with bug bites.

7. Basil
essential oil
too helps to heal bug bites and scars. It has
anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. You can also
dilute basil oil in a carrier oil like coconut oil. Coconut oil is an anti-bacterial
oil that helps to soothe the bug bites. Adding some coconut oil to either tea tree or
lavender oil will also help in healing of wounds.

8. Patchouli oil has traditionally
been used in Japan and China to treat both snake as well as insect bites. Patchouli
oils also have the ability to ease localized inflammation and speed up the
process of healing of the skin. It has many antiseptic properties; thus it
helps to prevent further infection. This oil belongs to the same plant family
as mint and lavender, and also has a mild scent. Thus, it helps to soothe the
emotional distress caused by a bug bite.

9. Palmarosa oil is also a popular Ayurvedic medicine
that helps in healing wounds, rashes, and bug bites really fast. It
helps in moisturizing the skin and has potent antiseptic properties which helps
one get rid of bug bites. This oil is also a
cheap and popular substitute for Rose Essential Oil. Thus, this oil not only
has a beautiful scent, it also helps to moisten the skin, thereby guarding it
against further infections.

10. Rosemary oil has long been
revered for decades for its healing and protective properties. It also helps one
cope with painful bug bites. It helps in repelling a wide variety
of species of insects, helps in soothing the sting from spider bites and makes
the scars heal faster. Dilute rosemary oil in some water or another carrier oil
before applying it on the skin to avoid skin irritation.

11. Thyme essential oil makes an
essential oil for spider bites because of its anti-septic properties. Thyme
contains a chemical called thymol that helps in soothing the itchiness, redness
and pain. You can also blend thyme and eucalyptus essential oil together and
apply it for best results until the scars have completely disappeared and your
skin looks as good as before.

You can
combine witch hazel with any one of the
essential oils above, by diluting it. Witch hazel helps one get rid of bug
bites by reducing the swelling, itching, and pain. Apple
cider vinegar can also be an effective carrier that promotes fast healing. You
can also use macadamia nut oil as a carrier oil for these essential oils. You
can simply dilute twenty drops of the essential oil of your choice in two
teaspoons of the carrier oil and then apply it to your skin.

You can
also prepare a special bug repellant spray.
Simply use ten drops of lavender or tea tree oil, a few teaspoons of avocado or
olive oil and use a few drops of peppermint oil for a cooling
sensation. Then you can bottle up this concoction in a light jar and use it as
many times as needed.

You can also create your own ointment
with added essential oils. For this, add a few drops of an essential oil to
carrier oil like jojoba
oil, coconut oil or a beeswax salve. Then, add about two to three drops per
ounce, and mix in well.

You can also create an essential oil
bath. For this, you need to add about fifteen drops of your preferred essential
oil to the same amount of a carrier oil. Then you shake the mixture, after
which you add it to your bath water. You can apply this directly and topically
to the most painful bug bites and apply it as many times as you want on the

Thus, if you can try out the benefits of all
these oils that are mentioned before, you will be able to put up an effective
fight against spider bites. Make sure that you take necessary precautions
before venturing out into the open so that you are adequately prepared. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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