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How to Make Anti-Itch Balm for Mosquito and Bug Bites

There are 4 seasons in the fine state of Minnesota, Winter, Spring, Mosquito, and Fall. It’s June, and we are officially in Mosquito season in the state of MN. It has been exceptionally wet this spring, and we have had several storms this month. The mosquitos are plentiful, and so are their bites. My mom always said, “Mosquitos love your blood” because I was always bitten more than my brother. As I have become and Adult, this has been no exception. Last weekend my husband and I sat on our patio and had a fire. The following morning I was awoken by a terrible itch on my foot. I looked down in horror, and I hate bites all over my ankles, toes, feet and the soles of my feet. I was in agony trying to relieve the itch. I quickly googled remedies for “what essential oils calm bug bites.” There were several options, and I tried a few of them until I landed on a combination that worked. It occurred to me that instead of wasting oil by mixing it with my hand,  I could conserve the oil by making a salve that I could rub onto bug bites.

I created my own “anti-Itch” balm and recipe based on a mix of recommendations from online. For this combination, I used the following oils

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Eucalyptus, Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint was the blend that seemed to be most effective in easing the itch and burn from bug bites.

If you follow the directions from this blog:

How to make balm with essential oils for basic wound care

The steps are exactly the same. Here is the recipe

No More Itchy Balm

2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil

2 teaspoons organic beeswax

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Basil

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Peppermint

2 – 1 oz tin for storage

This recipe will fill about 2 1 ounce tins. You will heat the coconut oil and beeswax in either a double boiler or you can use a saucepan and glass measuring cup. Once melted, remove the oil from the stove – please be careful as the glass will be hot. Add the drops of essential oils and stir. Pour the oil into the tins and place in the refrigerator. Allow cooling for 1-2 hours.

Apply the balm to bug bites and itchy rashes as needed.

*please consult your doctor if you are worried about any potential interactions between essential oils and medication. This is for informational purposes only. Always use caution when handling essential oils, and never apply to the skin without a carrier oil. Always make sure to research any oils you wish to use on a child before application.

 

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