Summer is quite the beautiful season to enjoy outdoor weather. The only problem, we are faced with annoying bugs, gnats, and other biting insects that can leave us feeling itchy, annoyed and frustrated! Essential oils can be used as bug repellents as well as bug bite relief! Here are our top 5 essential oils for bug bite relief.
Lavender is an incredible skin healer. Lavender essential oil has many therapeutic benefits, mainly stress relief and skin care. Lavender is also antibacterial and can help calm inflammation, soothe bug bites, and nourish skin rashes and burns. Lavender can be used on any skin type and helps reduce wrinkles. Lavender is a gentle essential oil that has no known safety concerns; as always properly dilute.
Blue tansy is an anti-inflammatory essential oil, making it wonderful for reducing swelling caused by bug bites. Steam distilled from the flowers, this essential oil also helps reduce hay fever and hives, soothes rashes, and calms ezcema. Blue tansy oil has a deep, beautiful blue hue to it due to the chamazulene content. A rich, pleasant, flowery aroma, blue tansy essential oil is deeply relaxing and calming. Like lavender, blue tansy is a gentler oil.
Cedarwood atlas is a double duty oil when it comes to bugs. The essential oil is a natural insect repellent as well as a bug bite soother. Cedarwood is an astringent and is good for oily skin and hair. Overall, cedarwood is a great skin essential oil as it soothes dermatitis and other skin conditions. Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the tree.
Patchouli is a generally safe oil and, like cedarwood, repels bugs and calms irritation due to itchy bug bites. Patchouli essential oil rejuvenates the skin and reduces inflammation. Unlike most oils, oxidation before bottling actually helps bring the earthy aroma out of patchouli. Aging usually causes oils to lose their therapeutic benefits while patchouli should be matured. Patchouli essential oil can also help combat acne and soothe rashes.
Helichrysum is a wound healing oil that is cell regenerative. It soothes inflamed skin and calms bug bites. Also known as imortelle or everlasting, helichrysum essential oil is steam distilled from the flower tops. Helichrysum has a fresh, herbaceous aroma with underlying floral notes.
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