Not only can this balm deter mozzies and bugs from biting you, but it may also help to soothe itchy, red bites from the ones that do get through (it can happen unfortunately, I wish there was a miracle spray/balm out there that deterred ALL bugs, but alas… no – not yet any way 😉 ).
The original recipe that inspired me to make a bug balm was by Kate Nelson from Plastic Free Mermaid. I just LOVED how completely natural it was, with the added bonuses of being plastic-free and nourishing for skin!
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… it’s only natural). I love gardening and hiking out in nature, so with this comes a lot of insects. I’ve been using my homemade ultimate insect repellent, which has worked a treat, but I was curious to give this balm a go, just to mix things up a bit, and see if it was stronger than my spray.
This bug balm is a natural alternative to fumigating the porch (and our bods) with toxic bug spray. This recipe will help deter those pesky bugs while helping providing a moisturising and aromatherapy experience all at the same time!
This moisturising bug balm contains natural, bug-repelling ingredients like:
- Coconut oil: a natural antibacterial and very moisturising, both wonderful for healing bites and nourishing skin.
- Shea butter: contains skin-loving vitamin E, which may help soothe and calm bites.
- Beeswax or candelilla wax: both act to create 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: strongly scented, a natural antiseptic, and may help to sanitise and prevent infection.
- Lemon juice: a natural insect repellent, keeping biting insects away.
- Eucalyptus oil: a great disinfectant, may help to prevent infection if the bite gets irritated or scratched in any way.
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Bug balm recipe
This is a simple ointment, which means it contains just fats. An easy concoction made from oil & wax, meaning it stays on the skin for longer (this is true, I’ve found it lasts longer than my bug spray!), and is very effective in providing a protective barrier over the skin. The lemon juice contains natural chemicals that insects like flies, mosquitoes, and most other troublesome bugs loathe, but that is perfectly fine for our skin. Thus, they tend to stay away which means you and I can say goodbye to those chemical bug spray showers we drench ourselves in before heading outside.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 tbsp almond oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 5 drops eucalyptus oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp beeswax (or can use either cacao butter or candelilla wax if vegan)
- Add beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and almond oil to a medium size glass jar and place into a saucepan filled with a small amount of water (just enough for the water to reach just above the level of the oil line inside the jar – don’t fill it too high, you don’t want any water to spill over into the jar – it should create a double boil). 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).
- Turn heat off, remove from hot water and pour into small clean jars.
- Add essential oils, stir quickly with toothpick (saves on washing off the wax from a spoon later on), and allow to cool and set for a couple of hours at room temp. (Adding essential oils on the stove will cause them to evaporate! That’s why we add them after).
This balm takes 10 minutes to make and works so well to ward off insects without unleashing a toxic chemical waterfall on yourself and others.
- Apply bug bite balm liberally, avoiding the face (especially eyes, as the essential oils can cause irritation), to discourage pesky bugs from biting.
- It can also be used as a soothing treatment balm after being bitten, to help ease itchiness, redness, welts and irritation. The antiseptic properties of the balm may help to prevent potential infections from scratching.
Ensure to keep it out of direct sunlight and use within 6-9 months.
Super easy. Works really well, and is completely natural!
Bug balm recipe 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 below! We’d love hear!
Lots of love,
Make Your Own Soothing Bug Bite Balm. (January 30, 2018). Biome. Retrieved from https://www.biome.com.au/blog/make-your-own-soothing-bug-bite-balm/