Aside from commercial bug and mosquito bite products that are produced to treat mosquito bites, essential oils are also a great natural home remedy for relieving the itch and pain brought about by mosquito bites. Essential oils have many uses and they are convenient to bring anywhere especially during travels.
Essential oils that are used properly can help cool, ease, and soothe the burning, stinging, and itching of mosquito bites. Some of these essential oils need to be diluted for safe use so be sure to check labels and read instructions carefully before using.
Here are some of the essential oils that are good for mosquito bites:
1.Mint Essential Oils
Mint essential oils like spearmint and peppermint are great for insect bites. Menthol is the main constituent of mint essential oils. Mint-based oils have a cooling effect which is actually good for relieving the itch and pain of a mosquito bite. They can numb the itch and pain and also lessen inflammation once they touch the skin as they have anti-inflammatory properties. Mint also has insect repellant properties to help mosquitoes and other insects away to prevent future bites.
2.Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Lemon balm is a plant that is closely associated to mint. It contains polyphenols and a natural astringent called tannin. These two compounds speed up the healing, ease inflammation, and reduce the risk of having an infection from mosquito bites.
Witch hazel is a water that can be distilled from the twigs and leaves of the Hamamelis virginiana plant. It is a natural astringent that can be found in health stores, grocery stores, and pharmacies. It is a well-known treatment for soothing the skin because it also contains tannins which act as astringents to the skin. Witch hazel soothes the irritation, itching, and burning caused by mosquito bites, reduces inflammation, and speeds up healing.
Simply dab a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton ball. Gently pat the cotton ball on the mosquito bite. Let it dry on the skin. Repeat as needed.
Lavender is an essential oil that is popular for its many uses. Lavender oil can be directly applied to the mosquito bite. It can soothe and relieve the itch and pain caused by mosquito bites.
For larger mosquito bites, you can make a concoction of either a cup of cider vinegar or lemon juice from 2 lemons adding 5 drops of thyme and 10 drops of lavender then add this to a bath. Apply lavender or a combination of lavender, thyme, lemongrass, and/or eucalyptus in a vegetable carrier oil.
Basil is an anti-inflammatory oil that can help with irritation. Basil has remarkable anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help prevent infection making it a great natural home remedy for all sort of bites.
Chamomile has soothing emollient effects that help in the itching, irritation, and redness caused by mosquito bites. It can help speed up the healing and recovery while reducing the itching, inflammation, and pain.
Calendula offers soothing relief for mosquito bites. It reduces inflammation and speeds up the healing process.
Camphor is used to treat irritation, inflammation, and pain. It reduces pain that is caused by mosquito bites by creating a tingling warmth on the skin.
Camphor oil needs to be diluted in a solution before applying it to the mosquito bite.
9.Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree has anti-itching, anti-swelling, and anti-pain qualities. It also has antimicrobial properties that prevent bacterial infections. It can fight all sorts of insect bites that include bites from mosquitoes, spiders, fire ants, bees, bed bugs, and even fleas. Tea tree’s best trait is its ability to stop itching.
Tea tree should be diluted in a solution or mixed with other essential oils before applying on the mosquito bite.
Rosemary oil is another good option to treat mosquito bites as it can alleviate the pain caused by bites. It helps a person cope with bite irritation. There has also been a study that rosemary may have potent anti-inflammatory qualities.
Rosemary should be either be mixed with another essential oil such as tea tree, lavender, or peppermint, or diluted in a carrier oil.
Thyme oil can help calm mosquito bites and reduce the risk of infection because of the presence of thymol which is naturally occurring. It has antimicrobial properties.
Thyme oil needs to be diluted for safety. It can be mixed with eucalyptus oil for a more soothing effect.
12.Ozonated Olive Oil
Olive oil is infused slowly with oxygen over a period of 3 to 6 months. The process of ozonating olive oil turns it into a cream to help soothe a variety of conditions. It relieves the redness and swelling from mosquito bites and also speeds up the healing.
This can be directly applied to a mosquito bite. The swelling and itching of the mosquito bite will stop after a couple of minutes of application.
Proper Use of Essential Oils
Direct application of essential oils should be avoided for the safety of use. Most of these essential oils need to be diluted or mixed in a carrier oil before applying to the skin.
Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be directly applied to the skin.
Direct application of essential oils may cause a stinging and burning sensation on the skin which can possibly worsen the symptoms of a mosquito bite.
Fill a spray bottle with water and mix about 2 or 3 drops of essential oil in equal drops of liquid carrier oil for every ounce of water. Shake the mixture before using. Spray on the mosquito bite.
Add a couple of drops of essential oil to a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. Add 2 to 3 drops per ounce and mix well.
The essential oil bath is recommended for several mosquito bites all over the body.
Simply add 15 drops of the essential oils mentioned above or you can also do a combination of these essential oils to the same amount of carrier oil. Shake well then add to your bath.