Bug bites and stings are an inevitable part of summer. Despite using repellants and swatting away pesky mosquitoes, I can’t seem to avoid the itchy bites! This 100% natural bug bite balm, made with a few simple ingredients, provides soothing relief for the redness and swelling. And it doesn’t sting like other bug bite remedies, which is a huge bonus. Oh, and did I mention, it also smells wonderful!
Soothing DIY Bug Balm
For this balm, I chose ingredients based on how well that take the sting out of bug bites. If you children (or even if you don’t), you know how impossible it can be to get them stop. itching. those. nasty. bites. It’s all they want to do! So it’s important to choose essential oils and butters that have been shown to soothe inflammation, calm the fire and get rid of the itch.
Here are my go-to ingredients whenever I make my own soothing bug bite balm:
- Calendula – Not only is calendula oil super soothing, it’s also a major anti-inflammatory that’s been used for centuries to treat open wounds that just won’t seem to heal.
- Tea tree oil – Tea tree essential oil is known for its anti-pain, anti-swelling, and anti-itching qualities. It’s also antibacterial and antifungal so it should help keep those annoying bug bites from getting infected.
- Lavender oil – Lavender has soothing pain-relieving qualities that quickly take the pain and itch out of bites.
- Beeswax – provides healing properties as well as moisture and texture benefits for the balm
- Shea Butter– contains multiple moisturizers and has a high vitamin A content
- Avocado oil -moisturizes the skin and reduces age spots
- Lavender and tea tree essential oil – antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties
To get started, melt all of the ingredients together in a pan. The mixture will be very hot. It needs to be hot enough to melt the wax so that the other ingredients can be combined properly. It does set quickly once it’s off the heat, so work fast!
I put it in small jars that are easy to toss in my bag or keep in the medicine cabinet, but it could easily be poured into an empty lip balm tube for hands-free application.
And that’s it! This recipe makes a pretty solid balm that won’t melt in the heat of the summer. If you prefer a softer cream use half as much beeswax. It makes about 5 ounces of balm, which should last one person the entire summer.
All-Natural Bug Bite and Sting Balm
- 4-ounce jar
- In a small pan, melt shea butter, avocado oil, and beeswax. Stir well.
- Remove from heat and stir in calendula, lavender, and tea trea oil. Let cool slightly, then pour into small jars or lip balm containers. Makes 5 ounces of balm.