I’m not usually one to throw around terms like “miracle”and “best fill-in-the-blank ever”, but I have to rave about this “recipe” for a moment.
We have an evil infestation of killer mosquitoes in our backyard. I can’t even let the dogs out without being doused in (natural) bug spray. Sometimes they overcome those defenses and I end up with multiple painful bites.
It was on one of those such days that I was desperate to find a remedy. I tried everything: crushed aspirin, essential oils, even traditional itch cream. Nothing relieved the horrible itching and painful welts for more than a few minutes . I remembered that I had seen in HGTV magazine that baking soda can help with mosquito bites. I ran to the kitchen and mixed some baking soda with lavender and peppermint oils and a little water.
Once I put that paste on my bites, I got immediate and permanent relief. Its been my go-to ever since. The lavender is soothing to the skin and the peppermint provides a soothing cooling.
I bought a little glass jar from Natural Grocers to keep the mixture in the fridge.
Combine the following in a glass bowl or cup:
1/4 cup baking soda
4 tsp. water
3 drops each peppermint and lavender essential oil
You can add more water if you prefer a runnier mixture. Be warned, its a little messy, but totally worth the mess!
What natural ways do you use to relieve bug bites?
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of essential oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
I have found success with both Young Living and Native American Nutritionals oils. I would encourage everyone to do their own research and choose a reputable company with quality oils you are comfortable using.