Essential oils or aromatherapy oils are naturally occurring plant extracts that are considered to be loaded with wide range of health benefits. They are used to treat a host of skin ailments include acne and fungal infections, improve the mood and treat depression, etc. It is important to ensure that one uses authentic essential oils, which are free from chemicals and don’t pose any health hazards.
In general all types of bug bites respond well to the use of essential oil. Bug bites can include mosquito bites, horse fly bites, chigger bites, bee sting, etc. Further essential oils can be used to repel some bugs like fly spray and ticks. Essential oils have strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which make them potent in management of pain, itching and swelling associated with bug bites. Here are some important essential oils that can be used for the treatment of bug bites,
- Lavender Essential Oil.
- Tree Tea Essential Oil.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
- Rosemary Essential Oil.
- Peppermint Essential Oil.
- Thyme Essential Oil.
- Basil Essential Oil.
- Melrose Essential Oil.
While not all the oils will work for all the kind of bug bites, these are the most common and useful essential oils for bug bites.
How Does Essential Oil Work For Bug Bites?
Essential oils usually have a dual action, when used for the treatment of bug bites. Firstly, most insects and bugs don’t like the smell of these essential oils. Some of these essential oils may act as insecticides in high concentrations and repellents in diluted forms. It is however recommended to use most of the essential oils in dilute forms, especially if you have a history of allergy.
Secondly, all the essential oils have anti-inflammatory action which helps reduce the swelling, redness and congestion that is associated following a bug bite. Further, the analgesic action of essential oils can help relive the stinging or burning pain.
Here are some tips on how to use essential oils and which oils to use when to treat bug bites,
- Either apply a couple of drops of undiluted essential oil directly at the site of the bite or apply it 50:50 diluted. Apply it about four times a day.
- Peppermint and Lavender oil help reduce itching and prevent secondary infection due to scratching. Further these oils also have soothing effect on the skin and can help in preventing scarring of the skin.
- Thyme and Basil oils have anti-venomous properties and can be used to reduce stinging pain associated with the bites.
Benefits Of Essential Oil For Bug Bites
Essential oils are considered to be very useful in treatment of bug bites. Here are some advantages,
- In diluted doses, essential oils can act as bug repellants, while in concentrated doses it can act as insecticides.
- It alleviates symptoms like pain, redness, itching and burning associated with bug bites.
- It has a good fragrance and has a soothing effect on the mind and induces good sleep.
- It can help prevent skin infections, which may be caused due to repeated scratching following a bug bite.
While allergies to the use of essential oils are very rare, it is always recommended to dilute these oils before using. In case you identify symptoms associated with a systemic allergic reaction to the bug bite, please consult a physician immediately.