Relieve Itchy Bug Bites with These DIY Recipes

fo22_lavenderIt’s the best day ever when you get to share your DIY recipes with InStyle Magazine. Check out our InStyle debut here and keep reading to see our bug bite recipes below (with some extra information onthe ingredients too).

The opening paragraph reads, “While bug sprays can help keep insects at bay, they don’t guarantee around-the-clock protection, which means one of those pesky predators are bound to get you sooner or later. So what do you do when the itchiness is driving you crazy? Avoid scratching if you can, as this can increase redness, swelling, and chance of an infection, and turn to one of Anne-Marie Faiola’s, founder of Handmade Beauty Box, natural home remedies instead. Faiola’s DIY recipes call for skin-soothing ingredients, like tea tree oil, witch hazel, and aloe vera—all proven to take the itch and inflammation out of bug bites and stings (and are far more effective than the marking an “X” with your fingernail technique).”

Bug Bite Body Butter

1 oz beeswax
1 oz olive oil
1 oz coconut oil
1 ml tea tree essential oil

1. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in the microwave in a small heat safe container on 30 second bursts until fully melted.

2. Thoroughly stir in the olive oil and tea tree essential oil. Let the mixture cool for 1-2 hours.

3. Liberally apply to the bug bite area as needed.

Ingredient Notes: Tea Tree Oil acts as an anti-inflammatory and it can help stop that itch and reduce some of the swelling from those pesky bug bites. Olive oil is an extremely gentle and soothing oil so it will relieve the itchiness, redness, and inflammation. Coconut Oil is moisturizing and healing for dry and chapped skin. It also contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Beeswax acts as the hardening agent to make the mixture into a “butter” but it also acts as a barrier against the elements, keeping moisture in.

Bug Bite Cooling Tonic

4 oz aloe vera liquid
4 oz witch hazel
1 oz lavender essential oil

1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well.

2. Store in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief.

3. Apply to the bug bite area as needed.

Ingredient Notes: Aloe Vera Liquid is very soothing and moisturizing on the skin but it can also help reduce itching and swelling. Witch Hazel is commonly sold as an anti-inflammatory spray so it will help reduce the swelling and itchiness as well. Lavender Essential will aid in reducing the irritation and sting of the bug bite.

Let’s swap recipes! What are your go-to bug bite home remedies?