If you do find yourself in the unlucky position of having a bug bite, you’re probably looking for a quick mosquito bite remedy. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways that will provide you and your family quick relief. Our family uses a handful of essential oils to help soothe the itch, swelling, and pain making it easier for your body to get rid of mosquito bites fast.
Mosquito Bite Remedy
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Get Rid of Mosquito Bites With Essential Oils
The key to a good mosquito bite remedy is choosing the right essential oils(EOs) that can help with the inflammation and calm the histamine response from your immune system. With all the nasty infections spread by mosquitoes, it’s a good idea to make sure your EOs are antiseptic and antimicrobial as well.
There are plenty of essential oils that fit these requirements. You will find the full list near the end of this article, but I believe these 5 essential oils are the most effective at helping you get rid of mosquito bites fast.
The Fab 5 to Soothe and Heal Bug Bites
- Tea Tree
Tea Tree is an amazing little oil that has so many benefits. It’s been used for centuries thanks to its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
In fact, recent studies indicate that this oil can help patients recover from MRSA, a type of staph “superinfection” that often does not respond to antibiotics. There is also a study that showed tea tree can be effective at “reducing histamine-caused skin irritation” Just like what you’d experience after a bug bite.
My favorite thing about Tea Tree is its ability to take away localized pain. It’s almost as if it numbs the area, so you no longer feel it. Tea tree is one of the most versatile essential oils available, and I always have at least one bottle on hand.
While this EO is easily one of my favorites, don’t take my word for it. My 10-year-old son says he is also grateful for tea tree oil because it helped him get rid of mosquito bites in just a few hours. Check out the video below to see what he has to say about it.
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Lavender is probably the most widely used essential oil. It has been used for centuries to treat a myriad of conditions. In fact, it was used in the first World War to treat French soldiers’ wounds. If lavender essential oil is good enough to help with war wounds, then it certainly can help ease the pain and speed healing of a little ole bug bite, right?
Lavender is also one of the few EOs that should be safe to apply undiluted. (although, it’s always a good idea to dilute your EOs) Applying a couple drops to your skin should help take away the pain and swelling and allow you to get rid of mosquito bites fast.
While Tea Tree oil is my pick for the MVP of essential oils, lavender is close behind. It is well known to promote a sense of calming and relaxation, but it also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help soothe any skin irritation. Additionally, this oil should be perfectly safe for your kids.
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Patchouli has been traditionally used in Japan and China to treat both insect bites and snake bites. You will find this EO in many skin care products because of its ability to ease inflammation and speed skin healing.
Patchouli can protect against infection thanks to its well accepted antiseptic properties. This oil is in the same plant family as mint and lavender. Although, its scent is described more as an earthy or woody aroma.
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Palmarosa is a popular skin remedy in Ayurvedic medicine. It can help heal wounds, rashes, and bites as well as moisturize the skin. A 2009 study also highlighted its potent antiseptic properties proving the immense benefits of using this oil to get rid of mosquito bites.
As you would expect from its name, this oil is a popular substitute for Rose Essential Oil. While Rose is an amazing oil for the skin, it is not cheap. Palmarosa is a great way to get a rose-like scent without paying big bucks.
There are conflicting reports on the smell of palmarosa. Some love it, and some absolutely hate it. I have not personally used this EO, so I can’t offer my own opinion. However, I will say that it’s well worth a try thanks to its ability to promote healthy skin. At only $8, if its anywhere close to smelling like rose oil, it would be a steal!
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Rosemary has long been revered for its healing and protective properties. It has been used throughout history to treat ailments and prevent disease. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine himself, believed it be one of the most valuable medicinal herbs.
Modern science has proven that Rosemary does indeed have many medicinal qualities. Not only can it protect against infection, but it can be a very effective mosquito bite remedy.
According to this study, rosemary essential oil “possesses anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activity”. In plain english, that means it takes away the inflammation, and it can actually take away the pain associated with mosquito bites.
The high amount of camphor in this oil can also increase blood flow to the bite, which of course, translates into faster healing.
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Pre-made Blend to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites
If you don’t want to buy multiple oils to make your own natural mosquito bite remedy, you can purchase a pre-made blend. Itch Away is a Kid Safe blend that contains many of the EOs that are listed here.
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Other Oils To Consider
A Word Of Caution
Essential oils are powerful. Some EOs can cause irritation on the skin especially for those with sensitive skin. To minimize any risk for children and skin sensitive people, it is always best to dilute an essential oil with a cooking oil or other carrier such as witch hazel.
A Note On Carriers:
Witch hazel is often used to promote healthy skin, but it can also be used as an effective mosquito bite remedy. On its own or combined with one of the essential oils above, witch hazel can help get rid of mosquito bites by reducing the pain, itching, and swelling that often comes with bug bites.
Apple cider vinegar can also be an effective EO carrier that may also promote healing.
Our family typically uses coconut oil as a carrier oil, and it also can help promote healthy skin. However, the best oil to use is macadamia nut oil. This oil is hands down the best oil for your skin, and you’ll find it in many high-end skin care products. Unfortunately, it is expensive, so if you’re cost sensitive like me, olive and coconut oil works just fine.
Simply dilute about 20 drops of EOs in 2 teaspoons of the carrier oil.
My Mosquito Bite Remedy
Honestly, whenever I get a pesky bug bite or any skin irritation really, I reach for lavender or tea tree oil. I simply put a drop on my finger and then apply it directly to the bite, sting, or irritation. However, this is not the recommended use. All the experts will tell you to always dilute your EO, but I have found it perfectly safe with these 2 oils.
I do like to keep a roller bottle with this soothing mosquito bite remedy. Having it in a roller bottle makes applying it much easier for your kids.
Soothing Roll On Mosquito Bite Remedy
In a glass roller bottle: (like these)
- Add 2 teaspoons of avocado or olive oil
- 10 drops of lavender
- 10 drops of tea tree
Make It Easy:
You can always buy this Itch Away Roll On and keep it on hand for any bites or stings that may arise this season. It’s pre-diluted, Kid Safe, and ready to use.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
I have been a Young Living Oil fan for years now, but recently I discovered a new company that offers an equally great product, but for a much lower cost. The name of this company is Plant Therapy. They offer high quality product, and all of their oils go through third party testing to ensure their purity.
As an added benefit, they offer FREE SHIPPING to US residents. Not only is it free, but most of their orders come in 2 days. Now, that’s Amazon Prime Fast!
Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Essential Oils?
If you want to learn even more on essential oils or to learn more about Plant Therapy, check out my interview with their certified aromatherapist and unofficial spokeswoman, Retha Nesmith.
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