As much as I hate them, they love me. Love biting me that is...and I am one of those super “lucky” people that are left with a massive, itchy welt each time.
Let me just say, I understand that bugs are necessary and we need them. We are all part of this big chain of living organisms, etc. And I don’t have a problem with that, I just wish they would not feast on me is all!
My oily solution: prevent them with bug spray and if need be treat their bites with bug bite balm!
Most of you may already be familiar with the scent of citronella and its popular use in repelling bugs, but there are many other essential oils that can be effective too. It is important to note that not all essential oils with repel all types of bugs. It’s certainly not a “one size fits all” scenario, so combining them into one spray is most effective for a more general coverage.
Bug Bite Balm
This DIY holds a special spot in my heart-it was the very first essential oil product I made. Lucky for me it was a winner! I carried at least one tube with me last Summer everywhere I went and gave away dozens to friends and family who all ended up loving it just as much as I do. With Summer here, I did not waste any time making more.
Bug bite balm is very simple to make and uses a similar technique as that of my basic lip balm where you melt a carrier oil and beeswax then add essential oils before pouring into tubes or tins (whichever you prefer). It’s just made with a different set of essential oils: lemon, lavender, peppermint and tea tree diluted to 3% for addressing an acute issue and for short term use. [See recipe card below!]