Essential oils serve as an ideal insect bite remedy due to their anti-toxic and oil-soluble properties. One of the keys to their effectiveness is applying the oils as soon after an insect bite as possible.
Our experience with essential oils for insect bite relief primarily involves mosquito bites and bites from fire ants.
Typically, my preference in this area is for an oil blend called Purification, which besides bringing relief serves as a disinfectant. Purification is made up of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca, and myrtle.
Other single oils I like to use for insect bites are peppermint and lavender, which both tend to be soothing and relieve itching. All I do is apply the oil to the bite as quickly as a can. That usually does the trick, but additional application of oils is certainly in order. Especially for itching, a lavender spray called Lavaderm is effective.
Basil is known to neutralize poisons, but in event of a poisonous spider bite, be sure and seek proper medical attention.
If you like to make your own blends, here's a recipe to use as a remedy for insect bites. . .
Essential oils work great to relieve insect bites. But I repeat, they bring the most benefit when they are applied immediately – which, of course, means you should get in the habit of taking your essential oils with you wherever you go.
To prevent insect bites from occurring, visit our natural insect repellent page.
See also Bee Sting Remedy