Essential Oils

The 8 Best Essential Oils For Bug Bites & 3 DIY Healing Blends

Updated on 20 July 2020 • 4 minute read
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Bug bites and mosquito bites are not ever fun. 

Especially if we have an allergic reaction to them or the bite becomes infected. 

Itchiness, warmth, redness, swelling, and discomfort are all symptoms of big bites. 

You can take an antihistamine like Benadryl to get ahead of the swelling and use Calamine or a 

hydrocortisone cream to relieve the inflammation and itchiness

And you can also use essential oils as a natural treatment for bug bites if you’re into a more natural first response approach.

 

Essential Oils As A Natural Remedy

Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant compounds that are extracted from various parts of plant and tree material. 

These plant compounds possess hundreds of active composites that contain many healing and medicinal properties. 

The therapeutic application of EOs is referred to as aromatherapy and has been used for hundreds of years in various cultures around the world in order to accelerate healing and help support the body’s own regenerative abilities. 

Research shows EOs can be effective at: 

 

The 8 Best Essential Oils for Insect Bite Healing & Prevention

Here are our top 8 picks for the best EOs to use for itchy bug bites, to accelerate healing, and prevent infection: 


 

Tea tree oil (melaleuca

Tea tree essential oil is well-known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties

It’s also an antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial which is all excellent for preventing infections. 

 

Lemongrass essential oil 

Not only is lemongrass an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, it’s also an analgesic which means it reduces pain and discomfort from itchiness and swelling. 

It’s also an insect repellant which makes for great bug bite prevention too. 

 

Citronella oil 

Citronella is a pain-reliever (analgesic) antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic

It’s also an insecticide which means it can kill bugs before they even have a chance to bite you. 

Avoid citronella if you’re pregnant and if you have heart disease because it can increase heart rate. 

 

Lemon eucalyptus 

Is a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic

It helps accelerate the healing of insect bites, wounds, and sores. 

It’s also a known mosquito repellent

 

Lavender oil 

Lavender essential oil is a pain-reliever, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic

It also helps stimulate wound healing while repelling insects. 

It’s usually gentle enough for sensitive skin types. 

 

Chamomile oil 

Is a pain reliever and also an anesthetic. 

It helps prevent infections and is anti-inflammatory

It’s known to soothe itchy skin. 

 

Peppermint oil 

Peppermint essential oil is a potent pain reliever and a local anesthetic that also serves as an antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.  

Because of one of its main active compounds called menthol, it gives off a cooling sensation when inhaled or applied topically. 

 

Basil oil 

Basil essential oil is soothing to bug bites while also acting as an insect repellent

It’s an antiseptic and antibacterial agent that can help prevent infections. 

Pregnant women and those with epilepsy should avoid this oil. 

 

Safety Concerns 

  • When used safely and properly EOs usually offer little to no side effects. 
  • When used as natural treatments for bug bites or when used topically for any condition EOs must always be diluted in a carrier oil in order to prevent skin irritation and reactions. This is especially true for sensitive skin types. 
  • It’s advisable to perform a patch test on a non-affected area of the skin and wait at least 24 hours to confirm that there is no allergic reaction
  • If you experience any adverse reaction to any oil discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider. 
  • Be aware of the contraindications for each oil you use. For example, you should avoid citronella oil if you’re pregnant. 
  • You will also want to always choose high-quality, certified organic, and therapeutic grade products to avoid diluted batches and the addition of potentially harmful chemicals. 
  • Do not ingest EOs without the supervision of an experienced aromatherapist or without prior consultation with your doctor.

 

How To Use EOs for Bug Bites 

As mentioned, you should always dilute EOs with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil if you’re applying them directly on the skin. 

This will also help the active compounds in EOs to be better absorbed into the skin. 

This will ensure better healing effects. 

A general rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon of carrier oil per 1 drop of EO. 

You can also use EOs in a diffuser or in spray form as an insect repellant. 

 

3 DIY Essential Oil Blends & Bug Bite Recipes 

Bug Bite Rx Healing Paste  

  • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops chamomile oil 
  • 3 drops lemongrass oil 
  • 3 drops peppermint oil 

Use a dark glass ait tight container with a lid to mix all the ingredients together and mix well until a paste smooth forms without clumps. 

Apply the paste using your clean fingertips or a cotton swab to the affected area. 

Allow it to completely harden and dry.

Wipe away with a warm wet towel or cloth. 

Repeat as many times as is needed for relief. 

 

Anti-itch Lotion 

  • 3 drops chamomile
  • 2 drop lemongrass
  • 2 drop citronella
  • 2 drop lemon eucalyptus 
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together in a dark glass bottle with an airtight lid. 

Apply the mixture to the affected area with your clean fingers, cotton swab, or cotton ball. 

Repeat as needed. 

 

Insect repellent Spray 

  • 5 drops lemongrass
  • 5 drops citronella 
  • 5 drops lavender 
  • 5 drops basil oil 
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • Fill a small dark glass spray bottle with water 

Mix everything together in the bottle and shake, shake, shake, baby. 

Use as needed. 

Be careful not to spray your eyes or face. 

 

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