Healing Natural Bug Bite Balm
Bug bites and stings are an inevitable part of summer. Despite using repellents and attempting to swat away pesky midge, I can’t seem to avoid the itchy bites! This 100% natural bug bite balm, made with a few simple ingredients you probably have at home, if not are easily found online and not expensive to buy, provides soothing relief for the redness and swelling. It doesn’t sting like other bug bite remedies, it smells wonderful and because if it's ingredients can be used for a multitude of other things such as nettle stings, scratches and minor cuts and bruises.
For this balm, I chose ingredients based on how well that take the sting out of bug bites. 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.
- 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 anti-fungal 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 moisturisers and has a high vitamin A content
- Avocado Oil -moisturises the skin and reduces age spots
- Lavender and tea tree essential oil – antiseptic, antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties
To get started, melt the beeswax and shea butter in a double boiler. It needs to be hot enough to melt the wax so that the other ingredients can be combined properly.
Once they are melted remove the pan from the heat with the dish and leave to stand for a few mins then add the oils. Allow to cool slightly before adding essential oils, if the mixture is too hot it will ruin the essential oils and they won't blend together properly.
The mixture cools quickly and once off the heat completely it sets fast so have your sterilised containers ready!
When you have added your essential oils whisk together to ensure everything's completely blended together, then pour in your containers.
If it does get too cool and starts to set just pop it back over the heat but don't burn the oils.
The following recipe makes about 100ml and takes 15 minutes to make.
- 50g Pure Shea Butter
- 2 tablespoons Avocado Oil
- 7g Beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon Calendula Oil
- 5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Tea Tree Oil
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