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5 Powerful Essential Oils For Bug Bites

Bug bites are a major nuisance, especially with how badly they itch and can potentially hurt or even become swollen. When used correctly, essential oils offer a great, natural treatment option with incredible efficacy.

They can target itchiness and inflammation, making them a good choice to relieve your symptoms when the inevitable happens over the summer months.

The reduced itchiness also means you’re less likely to scratch open the wound by accident, which is an act that can lead to infections as bacteria enters the wound.

Quick facts about using essential oils for bug bites:

  • Antimicrobial essential oils reduce the risk of infection
  • Exposing yourself directly to certain essential oils, particularly without dilution, may cause further irritation
  • Anti-inflammatory oils reduce the bug bite’s itch or pain
  • Some essential oils also work as insect repellents to prevent (more) bites
  • You should avoid essential oils if you have ever had an allergic reaction to them

The following oils are some of the best ones to use after getting a bug bite.

Centuries old anti-inflammatory remedy for itchy and painful bug bites. Also relieves stress, induces sleep and is mild enough even for sensitive skin.
$28.00
Also known as tea tree, melaleuca is a potent anti-inflammatory used to relieve pain and itching from bug bites. Its antimicrobial properties help to clean the injury site and prevent infection. Also can be used as an insect repellent.
$25.33
Mild anti-inflammatory that soothes irritation from bug bites. Also quite mild on the skin and very similar to lavender in overall functionality. Possesses sedative and stress relieving properties as well.
$60.00
Gentle oil that reduces irritation, prevents infection and repels insects. It's regularly used for more painful conditions such as arthritis which makes bug bites a walk in the park.
$26.67
Versatile oil that brings a cooling sensation that counters itching, burning, swelling and stinging very well. A great insect repellent when used more liberally. Its also an excellent decongestant and relieves nausea when inhaled.
$27.33

 

1. Lavender Essential Oil

doterra essential oils for insect bites lavenderPerhaps the most well known essential oil, even to those who have never used them before, lavender is a favorite for treating bug bites.

We have been using lavender oil for well over 2,000 years, benefiting greatly from its sedative, antidepressive, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties in both the therapeutic and cosmetic senses.

In the time we have used lavender oil, there have been hundreds of studies conducted, with results showing time and time again how it well it functions as a healing herb.

You can put lavender oil directly onto a bug bite to relieve pain and soothe the itch due to the plant's powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Furthermore, its antimicrobial and antiseptic nature helps to reduce the possibility of infection. 

In particular, lavender oil has performed incredibly well against bee stings, fire ant, mosquito and spider bites.

Give it a shot for any kind of bug bite you may have unless it’s a venomous spider in which case, you should go straight to the hospital!

Another great thing about lavender is that its aroma isn't particularly liked by certain insects such as mosquitos. Therefore, it can double as an insect repellent as well. 

Lavender is also one of the mildest essential oils on the market, commonly used by children and individuals with sensitive skin; with adverse reactions being extremely rare.

To treat bug bites, combine about 3-4 drops of lavender oil with about a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the bite. Repeat as necessary.

If the bite is extremely painful or itchy, you should also take a whiff of the lavender directly from the bottle as it’s anti-inflammatory properties transfer both topically and aromatically.

There’s also the option of a convenient, premade roll on called Lavender Touch so there’s no need to mix with a carrier each time you need to use it. 

 

2. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil

doterra melaleuca tea tree oilWhen it comes to skin care, tea tree oil is usually one of the first essential oils that come to mind.

Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is famous for its anti-itching, anti-swelling, and anti-microbial properties, making it a viable option to treat your bug bite and prevent bacterial infections as well.

It doesn’t matter what kind of bite it is - spiders, mosquitoes, ticks, bees, bed bugs, fire ants, and even fleas - tea tree oil is sure to bring you quick relief due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties which have been corroborated by both anecdotal reports and published studies. 

Its antibacterial properties are also elite which makes it a great option for children who may fiddle with the bite and potentially trigger an infection.

Another strong point of tea tree oil is that it performs considerably well as a natural insect repellent.

To treat bug bites, combine about 3-4 drops of melaleuca/tea tree oil with about a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the bite. Repeat as necessary.

For use as an insect repellent, simply extrapolate that and place the mixture on exposed areas on the skin.

There’s also the option of a convenient, premade roll on called Melaleuca Touch so there’s no need to mix with a carrier each time you need to use it. 

 

3. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

doterra roman chamomile inflammation insects itching burning mildMany skin products and lotions rely on Roman chamomile for its emollient effects.

In the case of bug bites, this oil can reduce irritation, itching, and redness thanks to its anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties.

Adding Roman chamomile oil to your bug bite could even expedite the recovery process and its antiseptic and antibiotic properties will make you less likely to develop an infection in the process.

Even if you already have an infection, using chamomile oil can help fight against it, getting you back to being healthy and comfortable that much faster.

Roman chamomile oil also functions as a mild sedative that you can inhale directly, or diffuse to get some quality sleep.

A huge plus for this essential oil is that, like lavender, it is extremely mild and most individuals with sensitive skin love it. 

To treat bug bites, combine about 3-4 drops of roman chamomile oil with about a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the bite. Repeat as necessary.

 

4. Basil Essential Oil

doterra basil essential oil for bugsBasil contains many rich compounds and other beneficial properties that it is regularly used to treat several health conditions around the world and as a natural analgesic, it is known for providing relief for all types and levels of discomfort.

It is a gentle oil that can reduce inflammation in the bite location and help with overall irritation.

Basil oil also accelerates healing and can also help to prevent infection thanks to its antimicrobial properties, making it especially useful for wounds like a bee sting.

Furthermore, it is a capable insect repellent so it can be used a preventative measure as well.

Besides bug bites, basil oil can also relieve the pain of arthritis, wounds, burns, bruises, headaches, scars, injuries, sprains, and post-surgical pains.

To treat bug bites with basil essential oil, combine about 3-4 drops with about a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the bite. Repeat as necessary.

For use as an insect repellent, simply extrapolate that and place the mixture on exposed areas on the skin.

 

5. Peppermint Essential Oil

doterra peppermint oil bug bites and repellentPeppermint oil is a versatile essential oil that can be used to handle a wide range of conditions such as digestive problems, low energy, muscle aches, and seasonal allergies.

This versatility extends to bug bites of all types as the unique combination of peppermint oil's properties and characteristics make it a suitable solution to use whether your bite itches, burns or stings.

When used topically, peppermint can provide a cooling relief upon contact, relieving the hot itch of a bug bite and will even prevent future bites by repelling insects.

Because it cools the skin, it's an especially great choice for relieving fire ant and other painful, "hot" bites.

Peppermint oil is also quite effective at reducing swollen bites as well and can be used as a decongestant or to relieve nausea when inhaled.

To treat bug bites with peppermint oil, combine about 3-4 drops with about a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the bite. Repeat as necessary.

For use as an insect repellent, simply extrapolate that and place the mixture on exposed areas on the skin.

 

Honorable Mentions

If you don’t have access to any of the above essential oils for some reason, there are two runners-up that are nearly just as effective at treating bug bites:

 

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary oil works quite well for bug bite pain relief, and it can even stop an infection from happening if you accidentally scratch open the wound.

Like most other essential oils, it’s important to make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it to your wound.

A study on rats in 2011 proved the potency of rosemary’s anti-inflammatory properties–so potent, it turns out, that the rats suffering from colitis were relieved of the pain.

 

Camphor Essential Oil

White camphor oil is another potent essential oil that contains a number of healing properties.

From the Asian camphor tree found in China, Taiwan, and Japan, this essential oil was originally only cultivated in China but has long since become popular in India and Sri Lanka.

It gives off a very penetrating scent, making it not only great for relieving bug bites but as an effective insect repellent as well, especially for moths; this is why you'll find camphor oil as a common ingredient in mothballs.

It has a warming sensation which makes it ideal for itchy bug bites in particular. However, if the bite burns, this same warming sensation may make it worse.

Another benefit of camphor oil is that it possesses antiseptic properties which help to reduce the risk of infection that generally comes with itchy bites.

To use camphor essential oil for itchy bug bites, combine about 3-4 drops with about a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the bite area. Repeat as necessary.