Bug Bites and Stings - Natural treatment using Essential oils

by Penny Keay © 2005, 2013

Treating Insect bites and Bee stings

Lavender to the rescue!! Every summer time first aid kit should include Lavender. Once properly diluted with a carrier oil, body spray, lotion or cream it can be applied to the affected area as needed. After cleaning the area with warm soapy water, rinsing and drying, apply a drop of your blend directly to the insect bite.

Roman Chamomile and Eucalyptus can also be used on the bite once diluted.

For more serious insect bites such as bee stings, remove the stinger first. Then apply Lavender, Roman Chamomile or your Eucalyptus mixtures.

Apply a cold compress over the affected area, changing frequently. Do NOT use ice as you can cause damage to the skin should it become accidentally frozen.

If you or the person bitten are affected by severe allergic reactions to bee stings, seek immediate medical attention.

For Gnat and Chigger bites, a mixture of 1 teaspoon cider vinegar and 3 drops Thyme applied to the bite will give relief. Some people get relief from the severe itching of all insect bites by applying a small amount of Peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to the area.

You may have other oils that have helped you once you are bitten. If you would like to share please let us know.

Of course the best thing is to avoid getting bitten. Preventing bites by using essential oils and blends to repel those nasty encounters is a pleasant and simple thing to do.

Some essential oils for repelling that may work for you include: Lemongrass, Citronella , Thyme, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Geranium , and Sandalwood.

One of our favorite BUGS STAY AWAY recipe is:
Cajeput - 25 drops
Lemon - 19 drops
Geranium - 19 drops
Cedarwood - 13 drops
Sweet almond oil - 2 oz

Mix the essential oils in a PET Plastic bottle, then add the Almond Oil. Shake until well blended. Apply a thin amount to exposed skin. Apply as needed.

IF the person is allergic to Bee Stings or such, PLEASE seek immediate medical attention.

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