Bug Bite Balm Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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How to stop bug bites from itching.

Sneak Attacks

In a perfect world they never happen. We always apply homemade bug spray before heading outside, and when an afternoon picnic turns into an evening soiree swarming with mosquitos, we’re prepared.

But in the real world, sometimes a child decides to poke a stick in that “volcano” at the park, only to release a steady stream of angry ants. Want to know how to stop bug bites from itching? You’ll want to have this soothing bug bite balm on hand.

Unlike pure essential oils which can spill, this blend of tea tree and lavender essential oil is the perfect thing to keep in your bag. It’s kid safe, and has long been used for cuts, scrapes, and relief from itchy bug bites. As a bonus, it has a fresh, clean scent that calms as it soothes. As is true with most remedies, this formula works best when used with additional therapies such as hugs and kisses. 🙂

Bug Bite Balm Recipe - The ingredients in this kid-safe remedy have long been used for cuts, scrapes, and relief from itchy bug bites. Of course, they're most effective when used with additional therapies such as hugs and kisses. #naturalremedies

Video: How to Stop Bug Bites From Itching

And for those of you who prefer written instructions…

Bug Bite Balm Recipe

Makes approximately 3/4 oz (three .25 ounce tubes or five .15 tubes)



  • Double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl set in side a pot of boiling water)
  • Lip balm tubes or pots (Mine were .25 oz so I only needed three, but I don’t see any in this size available right now. You could use five .15 oz containers, or three of these these lip balm pots or three of these lip balm tins)
  • Container with spout


Gently melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler. When the mixture is completely melted, add essential oils. Quickly transfer the mixture to a container with a spout and pour into lip balm tubes.

To Use

Apply to bites as needed.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.