Using essential oils for bug bites can help relieve itching and irritation and potentially promote faster healing.
Important: If you see signs of infection, such as red lines or swollen lymph glands, from an insect bite, see a healthcare provider ASAP.
This section has general blends of essential oils for bug bites. See the next section for specific insects. For preventing bites, see essential oil bug repellents.
To clean any bug bite, stir the following essential oils into a bowl of water and gently wash the area:
For insect bites, stings, inflammation, and other skin irritations:
Blend ingredients. Apply to affected area several times a day.
Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
Insect Bites and Stings
You can apply this blend undiluted as often as needed, according to ACHS Everyday Basics. (If you prefer, dilute a couple of drops in a little carrier oil before use.)
Insect Bite Lotion
Blend ingredients. Apply to affected skin as needed.
Source: Aromatherapist Sharon Falsetto in "Natural Bug Repellent and Bug Bite Relief Blends." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2013.2, pp. 59–60.
Aloe Vera Sting Relief Blend
Source: Aromatherapist Kelly Holland-Azzaro in "Natural Bug Repellent and Bug Bite Relief Blends."
Essential Oils for Ant Bites
Add 5 drops of either geranium or german chamomile or lavender essential oil to one teaspoon aloe vera gel. Apply a little of the blend to and around the ant bite every few hours.
The following suggested essential oils for bug bites are from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.
Essential Oils for Mosquito Bites
For mosquito bites, apply 1 drop of undiluted lavender to the bite. Repeat several times a day as needed.
If you have a lot of bites, add 10 drops lavender and 5 drops thyme linalol to one cup apple cider vinegar. Stir the blend into a bath and soak.
After the bath, make this blend and use on the bites every night until they heal:
Essential Oils for Spider Bites
If a poisonous spider bites you, apply 10 drops of undiluted lavender oil to the area every five to ten minutes and get to a hospital as quickly as possible.
If a nonvenomous spider bites you, blend 3 drops lavender and 2 drops roman chamomile into 1 teaspoon alcohol. Apply some of the blend to the bite three times during the day—usually one day of use is enough.
Essential Oils for Flea Bites
If you are bitten by a flea, wash the area and then apply a drop of lavender.
Another option is to dilute 3 drops of thyme linalol in apple cider vinegar and use the mixture on the area of the bite.
Essential Oils for Chigger Bites
Dilute 3 drops thyme linalol in one teaspoon of any type of alcohol. Put some of the blend on the area every three hours. Starting the next day, apply undiluted lavender three times a day.
Essential Oils for Tick Bites
Remove the tick using a tick-removing implement or tweezers (keep the tick to show your doctor). Put 1 drop thyme linalol directly on the bite. Then every five minutes, apply one drop of lavender, up to 10 drops.
If you don't have a tick-removing implement, do not try to pull the tick out of the skin. Apply the essential oils as described directly onto the tick until it falls out.
To deter ticks, put a few drops of one or more of these essential oils directly onto your clothing: lavender, eucalyptus radiata, peppermint, lemongrass, citronella, palmarosa, or tea tree.
Essential Oils for Midge Bites
Dilute 3 drops thyme linalol, citronella, or lemongrass essential oil in one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Apply to bites.
Add lavender or tea tree to aloe vera gel and use the blend on bites.
Essential Oils for Bee Stings
Important: If you have any sign of an allergic reaction, get medical help immediately.