Essential Oils to relieve Insect bites and stings

Purification 1The first oil I reach for when it comes to bug bites, especially mosquitoes, is Young Living’s blend Purification.
Its a blend of  Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida), and myrtle (Myrtus communis).

How to apply:

  • I just apply a drop straight on the bite and reapply if/when the itching returns.
    (I tend to find that one drop is enough to take the itch out of it and reduce the swelling and redness)

There are quite a few oils that you can play with to relieve bites and stings. I find it interesting that a lot of the oils recommended  for insect repellants are also great for soothing bites, stings & infection.

Single oils to relieve bites and stings:

Citronella, lavender, eucalyptus globulous, melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca quinquenervia (Niaouli), peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, copaiba, dorado azule, palo santo, Xian Mao.

Blends to relieve bites and stings:

Purification, Melrose, Panaway 

How to apply:

  • Apply a drop of chose oil over the bite or sting.
  • Repeat when the itch or sting comes back.
    If I’m dealing with a large area (eg arms & legs) covered in bites, I add 4-5 drops to 1 oz (30 mls) of carrier oil and rub over the area.

Note: if using any of these oils on children between age 3-12 dilute the essential oil 50/50 with carrier oil (1 drop carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil)
If  child is under the age of 3 dilute 20/80 (20% essential oil to 80% carrier oil see how to make a 20/80 dilution for infants)

How do you choose the oil that works best for you for the above list?
Its a matter of trial and error. You need to find out what works best for your body and skin type.

Here are a few recipes you can make up as well.

 Stings and Bites Recipe 1:

  • 2 drops thyme
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 4 drops eucalyptus globulus
  • 3 drops german chamomile

Combine in an empty bottle and apply directly to bite or sting.
Repeat when sting or itch returns.

Stings and Bites Recipe 2:

  • 20 drops paosanto
  • 20 drops idaho tansy
  • 10 drops eucalyptus blue

Combine in an empty bottle and apply directly to bite or sting.
Repeat when sting or itch returns.


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