Insect Bites and Stings
This weekend, at an outdoor event, I was mosquito food . I had carried a new purse and had forgot to put my 3 life savers, Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon inside the new purse. After all it is still Spring, who is thinking about Mosquitoes? I definitely wasn’t. As I was bitten, once, twice, three times, my back, my leg and my arms itched like crazy until I was able to get home and rub some soothing. Lavender on my freshly bitten irritated skin….AHHHHHH. heaven in a bottle. The itch was relieved almost immediately. If I had remembered my Pepermint oil, I wouldn’t have gotten bitten in the first place. OUCH!!
Essential Oils are great for treating most kinds of insect bites because of their outstanding antiseptic and oil-soluable qualities. Lavender and Peppermint reduce itching and reduce infection.
So in today’s blog, I decided to share the wonderful Essential Oils that will help keep you from meeting the wrong end of a Mosquito, Bee or even the Deadly Brown Recluse Spider.
PEPPERMINT KEEPS THE BUGS AWAY!
Add peppermint to your favorite carrier oil. For me, I use Almond or Grapeseed oils because they are light oils which make them excellent for summer. You may also decide to add it to a spray bottle with distilled water for easy application.
If you are unfortunate enough too actually get stung, here you will find some great recipes for relief. Bee Stings can be painful and annoying, but only rarely cause real problems with those who are allergic to the venom itself-then they can be FATAL.
Bug Sting or Bite Care
Do not squeeze the venom sack. Try not to scratch.
Essential Oils best for Bug Stings or Bites are: Citronella, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, Palo Santo
EO Blends for Stings are: Purification, PanAway, Melrose, Theives
Insect Bite or Sting Formula #1
10 drops of Lavender
4 drops of Eucalyptus
3 drops of Roman chamomile
2 drops of Thyme
Rub a small amount on skin, or mix in spray bottle with distilled water for best application.
Spray sheets of clothing to kill any insects that may be hidden
Bee Sting Care
Flick or Scrape the Stinger out with a knife or other clean edged object, Like a credit card. Pay careful attention not to squeeze the venom sack.
Oils best for Bee Stings are: Lavender, Idaho Tansy, Peppermint, Spikenard, Idahoan Balsam Fir
EO Blends for Stings are: Purification, PanAway, Melrose, Deep Relief Roll-On
Bee Sting Formula #2
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Peppermint
1 drop German chamomile
1 drop Vetiver
Apply 2-3 drops of the Bee Sting formula on affected area. Repeat every 15 mins for 1 hour. Then Apply 2-3 times a day until redness disappears.
Brown ReCluse Spider Bite Formula:
1 drop of Sacred Frankincense
1 drop of Myrrh
1 drop of Melrose
Apply liberally until you reach the ER!