Not only can this balm deter mozzies and bugs from biting you, but it may also help to soothe itchy, sore, red bites from the ones that do get through.
With the wonderful rain we’ve been having this summer, the local eco-system has been alive with life (a lot of that life being bugs). I love gardening and hiking, so with this comes a lot of insects. I’ve been using my homemade ultimate insect repellent to deter bug and insects, but it’s only natural that some bugs still get through, and you come back home with a few bites here and there.
This balm helps to soothe itchy, red bites, taking the sting out of them and calming inflammation.
The ingredients used have been selectively chosen for their soothing, healing properties:
- Coconut oil: A natural antibacterial and very moisturising.
- Calendula oil: A powerful anti-inflammatory that’s been used for centuries for its healing properties. I love to make my own, but you can also buy some online or in store.
- Shea butter: Contains skin-loving vitamin A and E, which may help soothe and calm bites.
- Beeswax or candelilla wax: Contains healing and moisturising qualities, and creates a protective, breathable barrier over skin, helping the bug bite balm to stay on for longer.
- Rosemary oil: Eases redness and may help to calm angry-red bites.
- Peppermint oil: A natural antiseptic, which may help to sanitise and prevent infection.
- Tea tree oil: Contains antibacterial and antifungal properties to help prevent those bug bites from becoming infected.
- Lemon juice or essential oil: Contains insect-repelling properties, and is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial which can help to soothe bites and reduce chance of infection.
- Lavender oil: Contains soothing properties similar to chamomile, which can help relieve pain.
- Eucalyptus oil: A great disinfectant, may help to prevent infection.
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DIY Soothing Bug Bite Balm
This is a simple ointment, which means it contains just fats. An easy concoction made from oil and wax, so it stays on the skin for longer, providing soothing benefits.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 2 tbsp beeswax or candelilla wax
- 1-2 tsp calendula oil
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice or 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Add the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil to a medium size glass jar and place into a saucepan filled with a small amount of water – enough to reach just above the level of the oil line inside the jar – to create a double boiler. Heat on medium heat until the wax has completely melted. While on stove, stir in lemon juice (this is so the beeswax doesn’t harden when you do this).
- Remove jar from pan and add oils, stirring to combine.
- Pour into glass jar(s) for storage and allow to set for a couple of hours at room temperature.
- This balm should last for at least 9-12 months without going bad. If you notice an off smell, the oils may have gone rancid, so you’ll need to discard this and make a fresh batch.
- Apply directly onto bug bites 2-3 times a day, or as often as needed to soothe irritation.
DIY bug bite balm tutorial
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Make sure to do a tester beforehand of this bug balm by applying a tiny amount to skin to make sure there is no adverse reaction (as some people can be sensitive to essential oils).
Have you made a bug balm before? How did it go? Share in the comments below.
Lots of love,