Are you tired of those sneaky bug bites hijacking your summer fun? Well, worry no more because here’s a delightful solution just for you!
Let's dive into the world of natural bug bite salves and discover why they're your secret weapon against those pesky critters.
Picture this: you're out frolicking in the sunshine, enjoying the great outdoors when suddenly, ouch you feel that dreaded sting. But don’t worry! A natural bug bite salve is here to save the day.
What’s a natural bug bite salve?
Well, it's a magical concoction made from carrier oils and essential oils that work wonders in soothing and healing those pesky bites.
Now, why should you choose a natural bug bite salve?
Simple! It's all about giving your delicate skin the love it deserves. Unlike commercial products loaded with synthetic chemicals, a homemade bug bite salve is a gentle and nurturing alternative. You get to control the ingredients and tailor them to your skin's unique needs.
The best part is that you can easily whip up your very own bug bite salve at home. No need to stress about complicated recipes or expensive ingredients. With a few carrier oils and essential oils, you'll be on your way to creating a soothing and effective salve that will be the envy of all your friends.
So, get ready to unlock the power of natural skincare and bid farewell to those bothersome bug bites and learn how to make bug bites stop itching. Let’s explore the incredible benefits of carrier oils, delve into the aromatic world of essential oils, and guide you step-by-step through the simple process of making your own bug bite salve.
Get ready to rock this summer with radiant, happy, and bite-free skin. Embrace the natural goodness and take charge of your skincare with a DIY recipe that will have you saying "goodbye" to itchy bug bites and "hello" to a summer filled with joy and freedom. Let's show those bugs who's boss!
Here is what you’ll need to make your DIY Bug Bite Salve recipe:
- 5 one ounce aluminum salve tins or glass jars - you will need these to pour your salves into once you make them. Like these.
- Heat source, like an electric hotplate or your kitchen stove top - you need this to help slowly melt all the ingredients together.
- Double boiler or bain-marie - you need to gently “cook” all the ingredients. A double boiler, or bain-marie is a kind of kitchen pot that uses steam to gently warm ingredients. The bottom pot holds about an inch or 2 of water, and is placed directly on the heat source. A special double boiler pot has ridges around the edges of the pot that can easily stack another pot on top of it, allowing the steam from the bottom pot to gently warm the ingredients in the upper pot. If you don’t have access to this special double boiler pot, you can use a set up that’s called a bain-marie, where you place a glass or metal bowl over the bottom pot so that the steam from the pot can warm the ingredients in the bowl. The whole point of a double boiler or bain-marie is not to heat the ingredients directly, but to use steam instead. Here is what one looks like.
- Mixing tools, like a stainless steel spoon, or disposable wooden sticks, like popsicle sticks.
- Various small glass bowls, measuring cups and spoons to place your ingredients in.
- A digital scale that can measure amounts to .00, and has a “tare” feature and can easily switch between grams and ounces.
- Paper Towel
- Oven Mit
- Parchment Paper
- Blank address labels, or stickers to apply to each jar as your label.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make 5 one ounce homemade DIY Big Bite Salves:
- ½ ounce of beeswax, we recommend using beeswax pellets so you can get a more accurate measurement. We use beeswax in the recipe because beeswax gives the salve its nice creamy texture, and feels soft and protective on the skin.
- 2 ounces of Tamanu Carrier Oil. We are using Tamanu Oil in this recipe because it has been shown to fortify and support a healthy immune system.
- 2 ounces of Jojoba Carrier Oil. We are using Jojoba Oil in this recipe because it offers a smooth and nourishing experience and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or oily.
- 1 tsp of Vitamin E Carrier Oil. We are adding this to our recipe because Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and can help your salve stay fresher longer.
Here are the Essential Oils for salves:
- 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
Here is how you make it:
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect a counter or table top in your kitchen, and line a 18 inch area with parchment paper
- Open up all the jars and tins you’ll be using, and set them on top of the parchment paper.
- Using your digital scale, measure out the beeswax and set aside
- Measure out the Tamanu Carrier Oil, Jojoba Carrier Oil and Vitamin E and mix them together in a separate measuring cup and set aside.
- In a small glass cup, or bowl, or measuring cup, mix together all the essential oils and set aside.
- Fill the bottom pot piece of your double boiler with 1 to 2 inches of water and warm over your heat source until it starts to steam.
- Place the top piece of your double boiler pot, or set up a bowl like a bain-marie so it rests above the steaming water in the bottom pot.
- Add the wax to the top pot, or bowl and let it melt thoroughly.
- Once it is melted, add the blended Carrier Oils and stir thoroughly over the heat until everything is melted and well incorporated
- Turn off heat, and using your oven mit, lift the top pot, or bowl, off the bottom pot and wipe the sides and bottom dry with your paper towel, so no water is left dripping.
- Add your essential oil mixture to the melted mixture and stir well.
- Carefully pour the mixture into each jar or tin and cap quickly.
- Let the salves set on your table or counter top for at least 4 hours.
- Label each jar or tin : Now it's ready to use!
How to use your Keep Healthy Aromatherapy Salve:
Think of your “DIY Bug Bite Salve” as your very own homemade 100% natural version of a soothing calamine lotion! Whenever you are swelling and itching from a bothersome bug bite, apply a finger full of your salve on the affected area. You can apply the salve as often as you wish.
And for extra calming and soothing you can use this DIY Bug Bite Relief Salve as a daily moisturizer for your sensitive feeling skin, to help keep it nourished and protected.
Of course,as with any essential oil product, you should first do a patch test, to make sure your skin doesn’t react badly. But overall this salve is safe for children and those who are very sensitive.
Let us know how much relief you’ve experienced from using it!