Essential oils for bug bites

If you love spending hours outside on warm summer nights but hate waking up to dozens of bug bites the next day, keep reading to discover the best essential oils for bug bites.

One of the worst things you can do to avoid bug bites is to slather your skin in toxic, cancer-causing chemicals.  And you don’t want to go inside to avoid the bugs because spending time outdoors is so beneficial to your emotional, physical and mental health.

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Avoid the toxic chemicals in most commercial bug sprays and turn to Mother Nature instead.

So spend a few extra hours on the porch swing, roast a few more marshmallows and catch lots more lightning bugs.  It’s time to stay outdoors without the pesky bites.

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7 Best Essential Oils for Bug Bites

Essential oils can help prevent the bites and also help soothe the inflammation and itching from previous bites.  They can also help speed up the healing process.


Lavender is well known for its skin healing properties.  It can also be used to help soothe skin irritated by bug bites.  Lavender is a gentle oil and can usually be applied neat to troubled areas.  If you are new to essential oils, you might want to dilute the essential first in a carrier oil. If using on kids, you should always dilute essential oils.

Read more about the healing benefits of lavender essential oil here.

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Eucalyptus can help prevent bites and also help soothe the itching and burning of previous bites. Use a carrier oil when putting eucalyptus on your skin.

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Tea Tree

Tea Tree (also known as melaleuca) is also well known for its skin healing benefits.  Tea tree is strong and should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.  It will help boost your immune system and speed the healing of bites.  It can also help to prevent bug and insect bites.

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Basil essential oil is an anti-inflammatory oil, so it can help reduce the irritation and swelling around your bug bites. This further helps to help soothe the bite.

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Thyme essential oil is an herbal oil that can help reduce any infections from bug bites.  It is also helpful in the prevention of bug bites.

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Ylang-ylang is a floral essential oil that can help to prevent bug bites.

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Turmeric essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and is great for the skin (except it can leave your skin yellow).  It can help with the healing of bug bites and also prevent bug bites.

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No More Itchy Bug Bites Roller Ball Recipe

  • 5ml Roller Bottle⁣
  • 10 drops of Basil oil⁣
  • 5 drops of Peppermint oil⁣
  • 5 drops of Lavender oil⁣
  • Fill the remainder with FCO⁣


Essential oil recipe for bug bites


DIY Non-Toxic Bug Spray

  • 20-30 drops of TerraShield
  • 10 drops of Lemon oil
  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil
  • Add the above 2-3 oils to a 4oz glass bottle of distilled water with a few drops of FCO for moisture and shake before use.


Essential oil recipe for bug bites

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Safety and Disclaimer

Essential oils are very concentrated and potent.  Only use a few drops at a time.  Dilute with a carrier oil before applying to skin.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use caution and consult their physician before using essential oils.

Only use pure essential oils from a reliable source.  Do not ingest oils from an untrusted source.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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