Oww! 7 Essential Oils for Bee Stings, Bug Bites & More

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What Essential Oils to Use for Bug & Mosquito Bites?

7 of the Best Essential oils to use for Bee Stings and Bug Bites

Today’s topics are bee stings and bug bites, oh my!

First of all, the oils and recipes you’ll find below are for painful but not dangerous bites.

If you’re dealing with a bite from a particularly poisonous critter (black widows, snakes…) please go to the doctor. For snake bites, in particular, it is recommended that you call for medical help.

In this post, we’ll start by listing off the best essential oils for the job then follow that up with some recipes/mixtures applications that you should use to get the most out of your oils.

Lastly, we’ll cover some non-essential oil based natural remedies that you could use as well.

All right, on to the oils!

Lavender

lavender oil for spider bug mosquito bites
Soothe and disinfect your Bug bites with Lavender

Pretty much every essential oil collector has a bottle or two of lavender – and for good reason.

Lavender is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, calming, cicatrizant, fungicide, nervine, relaxing, sedative. These properties mean it’s perfect for treating your bites and stings.

Lavender is not only calming to the skin, but to the nerves in general. It has a pleasant smell that bugs (and their bites) seem to hate. What’s not to love!

Tea Tree

tea tree oil for spider bug mosquito bites
Cleanse your sting or bite with Tea Tree

Tea tree is another staple oil that you shouldn’t be without. Tea tree cleans out wounds effectively while helping to relieve itching, stinging and inflammation.

Tea tree is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, cicatristant, expectorant, fungicide, immunostimulant, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Chamomile (Roman and German)

chamomile oil for spider bug mosquito bites
Relax and Relieve your bites with Chamomile

Chamomile is an excellent calming and relaxing oil. It is great for soothing inflammation and relieving pain.

Chamomile is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, sedative, febrifuge, vulnerary, tonic.

Melissa (Lemon Balm)

lemon balm melissa oil for bug mosquito bites
Purify and restore your skin with Lemon Balm

Melissa, also known as lemon balm, has a calming and uplifting effect on the body. It has fantastic antiviral and antibacterial properties which makes it an effective treatment for cuts, scrapes, bites, and stings.

Melissa oil is antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, emmenagogoue, hypotensive, nervine, sedative and tonic.

Basil

basil oil for spider bug mosquito bitesSoothe your skin’s inflammation with Basil

Basil has some excellent anti-inflammatory properties, therefore helping it to reduce inflammation inside our around insect bites or stings.

Thyme

thyme oil for bug mosquito bites
Cleanse and disinfect your bites with Thyme

Thyme oil helps to keep wounds, cuts, and sores clean and infection-free. Thyme oil safeguards bite and stings against infection and help to keep the wounds clean.

Eucalyptus

eucalyptus oil for spider bug mosquito bites
Revitalize and tonify your skin with Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus contains excellent antiseptic qualities, protecting any insect bite or sting from becoming infected. It is one of the best oils at preventing and reducing infection.

Eucalyptus is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, cicatrizant, diuretic, insecticide, vulnerary.

12 Simple Essential Oil Based Applications for Bee Stings, Mosquito & Bug Bites

bee stings
Best Essential oils for bee stings

1. Simple Cold Compress Application for Bee Stings, Hornet Stings & Ant Bites

When dealing with a bee sting your first step is to remove the stinger from your skin if it has been left behind.  Use tweezers for this and try to avoid squeezing the venom sac while you are removing the stinger.

Once the stinger has been removed apply an ice-cold compress saturated in the following solution:

Reapply frequently until swelling subsides.

2. DIY Bee Sting Paste

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • In a small non-reactive bowl combine your baking soda with chamomile and lavender essential oils
  • Mix well while adding just enough water/hydrosol to make a soft paste
  • Dab it frequently on your bites until healed

Application:

  • Before applying paste be sure to remove the stinger. You can use tweezers or the tip of a sharp (sterilized) blade to carefully scrape the stinger out of your skin. Don’t simply pull the stinger or squeeze it out to prevent more venom from releasing into your skin from the venom sac
  • Apply your bee sting paste to the affected area hourly until the stinging subsides

wasp sting bite

3. Vinegar Cotton Ball Press for Wasp Stings

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • In a small non-reactive bowl combine your vinegar and lavender essential oil
  • Soak your cotton ball in the solution dab the affected area hourly

4. Cold Compress for Wasp Stings

For wasp stings apply a cold compressed that’s been saturated with:

Reapply fresh compresses until swelling subsides.

mosquito bite

5. Neat Application For Mosquito, Fleas, Ticks other Insect Bites

Simply apply a drop or two of lavender and/or tea tree oil.

Apply every hour or as required.

If there’s inflammation from the bite(s) then apply a cold compress with a few drops of lavender, chamomile or melissa oil

6. DIY Insect Bite Paste

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • In a small non-reactive bowl combine your baking soda with lavender EO
  • Mix well while adding just enough water/hydrosol to make a soft paste
  • Dab it frequently on your bites until healed

7. Simple Treatment For Ticks

The only safe way to remove a tick is to grab at the base & to pull straight out — making sure you get the entire thing. Clean the site with alcohol. All the other methods can actually increase your risk of tick-borne illnesses. (Thanks to a commenter for this suggestion.)

Once a tick has fallen out it’s best to apply 1 drop of neat lavender to the spot every five minutes to avoid infection and reduce pain/swelling.

8. Simple Treatment for Bedbugs fleas, gnats and midges

The important thing to factor in with these kind of bites is the risk of infection.

You’ll want to be sure that you bathe the bitten areas well.

After you’ve bathed you can apply:

  • A few drops of lavender or eucalyptus neat
  • 3 drops of thyme diluted in cider vinegar

spider bite

9. Simple Spider Bite Cotton Ball Application

Ingredients:

Directions

  • In a non-reactive bowl mix together your lavender and tea tree oil in 1 tsp of vinegar
  • Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and dab the affected area hourly

10. Black Widow Bites

First things first, when you get a black widow bite – head to the doctor.

While you are on your way you can apply 10 drops of lavender oil neat to the bite. Lavender is reputed to neutralize the poison of widow bites.

sea urchin sting

11. Simple Sea Urchin Sting Remedy

Before you treat your sea urchin wound with essential oils it is important that you get the spikes out. Urchin spikes are extremely brittle and will break easily. Be careful while digging them out and make sure what you are using is sterilized!

After you’ve removed the spikes and washed the area apply 1 drop of thyme essential oil neat to the wound every three hours for twelve hours.

If you have trouble getting the spikes out you can get a papaya and use the inside skin as a poultice on the area. The enzymes in papaya skin will help dissolve the spikes left in the skin and soothe the area.

To help treat the pain associated with leftover urchin spikes you can apply a combination of the following oils mixed with a carrier oil:

12. Simple Neat EO Application for Jellyfish Stings

  • First of all, make sure to remove any jellyfish tentacles or urchin spikes from your skin
  • Next apply 1-2 drops of chamomile, tea tree or lavender oil neat
  • Ice if possible

Other (Non-Essential Oil) Based Natural Remedies for Bee Stings & Bug Bites

Safetec Insect Sting Relief Wipe

bee sting wipes

Sting Relief Pads offer soothing aid from all minor irritations, including mosquito bites and bee stings. Can be used for cuts as well.

These things work REALLY well and are really handy to have in your sting/bite kit. You get 48 wipes for under $5 here so it’s a good deal.

You should get them because they provide a really simple way to treat fresh bites and stings.

Mitigator Sting & Bite Scrub Treatment Skin Protectant

mitigator sting bite cream_

Another simple remedy to have on hand, this cream does a good job of eliminating pain and itching while neutralizing potential toxins from you bite or sting. Works well for pretty much all insect bites, including wasp stings and fire ants.

Conclusion

Hopefully, the information in this post has been helpful for you.

If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please lets us know in the comment section below!

7 thoughts on “Oww! 7 Essential Oils for Bee Stings, Bug Bites & More”

  1. Nice made website, Loren, and some valuable advice here about bug bite treatment.
    Just let me add one point. On should not treat the tick with anything while its sucker is still inside the skin.
    The reason is the increasing chance that the tick might release pathogenic germs.
    Instead better use some great oil treatment for recovery after everything is out.

  2. Hello,
    I get weekly allergy shots for numerous allergies. I get a very large welt from one of the 2 shots I get.
    What Oils can I use to reduce itching and swelling (welt)

    Thank You
    Cathy Rowe

    1. I would suggest lavender oil for that reaction. Just realized this is an old question, so hopefully you have found relief from your reaction. But if not,here’s your answer.

  3. Using tweezers or a tick removal gadget found at most drug stores is still the safest way to remove a tick. It is possible that using any kind of oil can agitate the tick and cause it to salivate more or regurgitate the stomach contents. This increases a person’s chances of contracting a tick disease (like Lyme.) They still need to do more research on this but it is the current thought. Better safe than sorry. Use oils for soothing bite remedies after that tick has been removed!

  4. My boyfriend got bit on his arms and hands, yesterday, from many wasps. He came home from work we washed well and also took benedryl…This morning he is itching bad and the swelling is still swollen. I put vinegar on it. I a bit later, after removing the vinegar, i put pepperment oil on it. Is that ok ? I look forward to your advise.

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