For most people summer is the best time of year, I know it is for me.
It’s also the time of year where insects and bugs are out in force. For some reason, they seem to gravitate to me and bite or sting me at every opportunity.
Essential oils are natural products too, so you don’t have to worry about allergic reactions or side effects like you do with chemically made products.
If you want to reduce the itching, swelling, and even repel insects from biting you at all with a lovely scented oil, read on!
Essential Oils for Bug Bites Mosquito and Bee Stings
Tea Tree Oil for Bug Bites
This is an essential oil that should also be in your collection it helps to relieve stinging, inflammation, and itching plus it cleans out wounds.
It is antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, expectorant, fungicide, cicatristant, immunostimulant, stimulate, insecticide, and sudorific.
Lavender Oil for Stings and Bites
If you are an essential oil collector or use them you will most likely have a bottle of lavender essential oil because it has so many benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, antiviral, calming, bactericide, fungicide, cicatrisant, sedative, and relaxing.
All of these properties mean it is a great essential oil for treating your stings and bites. This oil is not only calming to your skin but also to your nerves in general. Bugs appear to hate the pleasant smell.
Eucalyptus Oil for Bites, Stings, and Protecting from Infections
This essential oil contains wonderful antiseptic qualities. It also helps protect any insect sting or bite from becoming infected. It is one of the best essential oils at preventing and reducing infections.
It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic. Antibacterial, antiseptic, cicatrisant, antiviral, vulnerary, insecticide, and diuretic.
Chamomile Oil for Bites and Stings
This essential oil is an excellent relaxing and calming oil and is great for soothing inflammation. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative, carminative, febrifuge, tonic, and vulnerary.
Melissa Oil for Sting, Cuts, and Bites
It has an uplifting, calming effect on your body. It is a great treatment for scrapes, stings, bites, and cuts due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
This essential oil is antispasmodic, carminative, antidepressant, antiviral, hypotensive, emmenagogoue, tonic, nerve, and sedative.
Thyme Oil for Stings and Bites
This oil helps to keep cuts, sores, and wounds infection-free and clean. Thyme essential oil safeguards against infections in stings or bites.
Basil Oil for Bug Bites, Stings, and Inflammation
Basil essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce inflammation outside and inside around insect stings or bites.
This oil also helps fight off colds, bacteria, and removes odors. So it’s a great all-around oil to have in your collection. I always make sure I have a bottle of basil.
doTERRA TerraShield Essential Oil for Bug Bites and Repellant
doTERRA have made a special proprietary blend specifically to help deal with all kinds of bugs and insects called TerraShield Outdoor Blend.
TerraShield outdoor blend acts as a natural barrier against insects. You apply a few drops to your skin by rubbing it into your legs and arms and the ingredients in the blend will keep mosquitoes, bees, and other nasties away.
Essential Oil Based Remedies and Recipes for Bug Bites and Stings
Here are some recipes and applications you can make with essential oils to treat stings, bites, and soothe the itching and redness.
Essential Oil Recipe for Bee Stings
When you deal with a bee sting the first step is to remove the stinger from your skin if it was left behind. You can do this by using a pair of tweezers to remove the stinger.
When removing the stinger try to avoid squeezing the venom sac. Once you have stinger out apply a cold compress that is saturated in:
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) lavender hydrosol or chamomile essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
You should see swelling going down after a couple of applications, use until you’re satisfied the sting is clean and healing.
Essential Oil Recipe for Wasp Stings
Wasps use a lot less venom when they sting, but they can sting multiple times. Although the stings look similar, they are quite different chemically.
As a result, a different remedy than bee stings is more effective. Try the following blend to treat a wasp sting:
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
Use a cotton ball to soak up the blend and apply to the area that has been stung.
Essential Oil Recipe for Mosquito Bites and Repellant
Mosquitos are incredibly annoying, and worse so they carry some pretty serious diseases. If you know there are going to be mosquitos around you then I recommend using an oil to try and repel them as a preventative measure.
If you do get stung however, there are some remedies you can make with essential oils to help clean up the bite and reduce the swelling. Try the following oils:
Lavender essential oil – Mosquitos hate the smell of lavender and may avoid you. It also helps reduce the swelling and treat the bite, just rub a drop into the desired area.
Tea Tree essential oil – Mosquitos really hate the aroma of Tea Tree oil. Much like lavender, it’s great for skin too. It has powerful antiseptic properties, just massage a drop into the area that has been bitten and you’ll feel the relief.
Essential Oil Recipe for Flea Bites and Ticks
If you find a tick attached to your skin apply a drop of thyme oil directly onto the tick to help remove it.
Use one drop of lavender oil directly on the area that has been bitten by the tick. This will help clean and protect the skin from infection and put a stop to the swelling.
You can do the same with flea bites too. Lavender and tea tree are two of the key oils again at dealing with the bite, skin aftercare, and reducing swelling.
Using essential oils for bug bites, mosquito and bee stings, ticks and fleas, and a lot of other pests and creepy crawlies is a natural and easy way to reduce the pain, inflammation, and keep the area clean and infection free.
So, as summer approaches, or wherever you leave the house, put a bottle of your favorite essential oil in your bag or pocket. Don’t let bugs and pests ruin your fun in the sun!
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.