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Bug Bite Remedies

April 27, 2014 12 Comments

Bug Bite Remedies

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Spring has sprung and it's time to get outside!  Insects are emerging from a long winter too and getting busy doing what they do.  Every once in awhile we get in each others way and the results can be painful.  Although bugs can be a nuisance, we need each other so respect the bug and be prepared for the stingers and bites of summertime!

Bug bites and bee or wasp stings can cause itching, swelling, redness and soreness. With a few natural remedies like pure essential oils you got this!  However, bee and wasp stings can be life threatening so watch your bug bite victim carefully over the next 12 to 24 hrs for signs of trouble! Do not hesitate to get help if you notice difficulty breathing, fever or anything else out of the ordinary.The good news is insect bites of a benign nature can be soothed with a few oils like Lavender and Roman Chamomile.  A little Thyme and Melaleuca come in handy too ~ those antimicrobials are worth their weight in gold!

There are a few items in your pantry that are great companions to oils to help with itching and irritation too like organic apple cider vinegar and oatmeal.

Spider Bite

A spider bite can be particularly nasty, especially those of the Black Widow and Hobo variety.  Should medical attention be necessary, use this protocol while enroute to the nearest medical facility: apply 10 drops pure Lavender (undiluted) to a small piece of sterile gauze or clean bandana every 5 minutes covering the bite site. Lavender is an antimicrobial and a very beneficial essential oil for aiding tissue restoration.  Do a search on burn victims and Lavender, you'll see some amazing results!

Spider bites can be nasty, particularly Black Widow and Hobo spider bites. Take precautions and watch bite carefully, seek medical attention if you suspect a poisonous spider bite. See below...
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Apply directly to spider bite 4x a day for 2 days or more if needed.
  2. Should medical attention be necessary, use this protocol: apply 10 drops pure Lavender (undiluted) to a small piece of sterile gauze or clean bandana every 5 minutes and cover the bite site on your way to a medical facility.

Mosquito Bite

Great news here!  We can effectively be preventative when it comes to these pesky bugs. When outdoors, spray your clothing and exposed skin with an all natural Insect Repellent. Be sure to go to this blog post and keep the simple recipe in your EO Journal!  We have fly fishers in our family that swear by this blend.  It's safe for kids and animals, very effective and smells amazing!  It's even safe to spray in your hair while gardening - which I do a lot! TIP:  Repel night time buzzing pests by spraying your bed and pillow with Drunken Lavender Linen Spray, you'll benefit in two ways: mosquitos don't appreciate Lavender like we do and will vacate the premises, the relaxing aromatherapy effects will help you relax!
A mosquito bite is generally just an annoyance but can carry micro-organisms like malaria or West Nile. Take precautions to mitigate infection by using Lavender and Thyme essential oil.
Ingredients

Bathtub Protocol

  • 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup oatmeal
Instructions - for multiple mosquito bites, try this -
  1. Add 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar, 1 cup oatmeal, 10 drops Lavender, 5 drops Thyme, soak for 15 minutes.
  2. The ACV and oatmeal with help soothe the itch and emulsify the essential oils in the bath water.

Bee and Wasp Stings

Bee stings hurt like heck and can be dangerous.  I have a mild allergic reaction to bee stings which I always watch closely.  If you or someone you're with begins to exhibit trouble breathing, fever and/or severe headache after getting stung get medical attention as soon as possible! When a bee stings, they release their stinger into their victim, try to remove the stinger if possible.  A wasp keeps it's stinger and can use it multiple times, ugh!
Watch for allergic reactions, seek medical attention if necessary.

Ingredients
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon high quality organic coconut oil
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. First of all, try to remove the stinger.
  2. Soak a small piece of gauze or clean cotton in apple cider vinegar, wring lightly and add 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops Roman Chamomile to the compress. Leave on the compress on site for 2 to 3 hours if possible. Apply above blend every 3 hours after that.

Gnat Bites

Gnats love me, my scalp can have multiple bites if I don't wear a hat or spray my hair with my Insect Repellent remedy. Gnats may be tiny but they're fierce! Their bites last a week or more in my case and the more I scratch the longer they last!

Naughty gnat bites are prone to a lot of itching and irritation. Avoid scratching for faster healing!

Instructions
  1. Dab gnat bites with your choice of LLP Allergy Blend or Lavender in organic apple cider vinegar (to quell itching) or a carrier like organic coconut oil. Do this every 2 hrs the first day if possible.
  2. If multiple bites need soothing, soak in a bath with 1 cup organic apple cider vinegar and 1 cup oatmeal. Add 10 drops Lavender or 10 drops LLP Allergy Blend

With a few tricks up our sleeve like pure essential oils and other natural remedies, summer doesn't have to be bug bite season!  Go forth and wander!

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12 Responses

CAT FOSTER
CAT FOSTER

May 10, 2017

Thank you, Rebecca, for making these recipes so easy to print and save!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Read this blog post, it might help :)

https://campwander.com/2014/04/bathtub-protocols-whole-body/

Shirley
Shirley

May 10, 2017

What about scabies? Do you have an E.O. suggestion?

Marsha Bradford
Marsha Bradford

May 10, 2017

Thank you so much!! I’ve been needing this and hadn’t looked yet, so your timing is perfect!!!!

Linda
Linda

May 10, 2017

Yes, Rebecca – Thanks!! I love your blog – so much information. Spark Naturals can hold you responsible for my LOVE for EO’s now!! LOL! I have become a true believer after seeing the results from Jeddy’s blend for my daughter. And a few weeks ago you posted a Neuropathy blend that was wonderful. My dad has neuropathy and it breaks my heart to see him in pain. So happy to have this for him. Thanks for all your post and information – it is very much appreciated.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

You are welcome!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Ohhhh this just made my day! Thanks so much for letting me know your puppy is doing well! As a rescuer, Im sure you know this but I say this for anyone else reading: don’t hesitate to see your vet for poisonous bites and stings – watch your pets closely for problems. God bless!!

Grannie_4_7
Grannie_4_7

May 10, 2017

Rebecca, I don’t know if you or anyone from your staff will ever see this, but please accept my very heartfelt “Thank You”. I’m relatively new to using EOs and not very organized yet. Thanks to you and Jill, I’ve been trying out various uses for EOs.

This afternoon my little min pin, Buddy, was stung by a scorpion, although we didn’t know what was causing his pain at first. He was literally writhing in pain, crying, and chewing his leg. I couldn’t find any cause for the pain.

I was reading a post of yours when this happened. After checking him out, I ran back to the computer, which was on your page, and typed in Bug Bites in your search box. The search led me to this page.

I quickly read this page, and ran back to the kitchen. Grabbing my coconut cooking oil and bottle of lavender. I didn’t have the Roman Chamomile, but just went with what I did have. Then applied the mix to his upper and lower leg, between his toes and on pads of his feet. I knew he would lick some of it off but wasn’t worried because I used the SPARK lavender, which is ok for internal use.

I also applied the mix at the base of his ears in front and back. Within 10 minutes he stopped crying and gnawing. Within 20 minutes he was markedly improved.

Thank God for EOs and for you sharing your knowledge with us. I knew that I could not safely use OTC products for itching & pain, because he would lick them off (since I do not have a no-lick collar to put on him). But the coconut oil, lavender, and vinegar would be safe to use on him.

He began to cry and lick his leg again just a few minutes ago (about 2 hours since original application) and I reapplied the solution, which brought almost instant relief to him. I’ll continue to reapply as needed throughout the evening.

Thank you so much!

Most sincerely,
a Grannie for 7
and pet Mommy to 3 rescued dogs and 2 rescued kitties

Becky
Becky

May 10, 2017

I LOVE how you have set up the recipes for easy printing! Thank you so much.

Now, do you have any remedies for chiggers? They seem to itch forever and I’ve been using lavender on them but no such luck!

linda
linda

May 10, 2017

Another great way to get rid of the pain of bee stings is to apply minty toothpaste. It feels like the pain just gets sucked out.

PS I love your blog!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes, glass is best. PET plastic is acceptable too for DIY lotions or cleaning solutions etc with minimal amounts of essential oils in the blend. My preference is glass, whenever possible.

Annette
Annette

May 10, 2017

Hi Rebecca, I only found your blog a few days ago and have learnt so much so far, as I new to EO’s can you please tell me is it better to store the recipes in glass rather than plastic bottles.

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