You can make your own anti-itch bug bite lotion using simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry and your medicine cabinet! I love that this recipe really works and uses all-natural ingredients including Peppermint Essential Oil!
I’ve been meaning to share this DIY bug bite lotion recipe for the last few summers but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I decided this year that I’d better get right on it at the start of the season before I get distracted by all of the other fun summertime ideas that I want to share with you this year! This one is definitely one of those things that everyone needs at some point or another. You’ll love this recipe, especially if you prefer natural ingredients like peppermint essential oil!
I first realized that you could make your own anti-itch bug bite lotion a few years ago when I noticed that sodium bicarbonate is the main active ingredient in the tube of kids’ bug bite lotion that I had in my cupboard. I did a little research, and sure enough, you can use good ol’ baking soda along with a few other simple ingredients to whip up a batch of bug bite lotion big enough to last your family all summer! This recipe takes just a few minutes to put together, so it’s definitely worth trying out if you like to spend a lot of time outdoors.
How to Make Your Own Anti-Itch Bug Bite Lotion
- 1/8 cup Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/2 Teaspoon Witch Hazel
- 1/2 Teaspoon Water
- About 5 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Measure all ingredients out into a small bowl and mix well until they all come together as a smooth paste. Transfer the paste to an airtight container, such as a little mason jar and keep it sealed when you’re not using it.
To use, just dab a bit of the paste on any itchy bug bites. The baking soda helps to take the itch or sting out of a bug bite, while the aloe vera soothes your skin. The witch hazel is a natural antiseptic and the peppermint essential oil provides a cooling sensation to the area.
When the paste is dry, you can just brush it away!
So that’s how you can make your own bug bite lotion! Let me know if it works for the types of bug bites that you get in your area!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.