How To Treat Bug Bites: Bug Bite Relief Stick
As a busy mom (is there any other kind?), there are a variety of headaches I have to deal with every summer. One of those is how to treat bug bites.
If you’re curious about the other headaches I have to deal with, two of the biggest are boredom and sunburn. I stave off boredom by focusing on a variety of cheap or free summer activities for kids and this year, to relieve sunburn pain, I’m trying out this homemade sunburn relief cream.
Anyway, back to the quest for bug bite relief….
Regardless of who you are, bug bites aren’t fun. Understatement, am I right? Unfortunately, when you have kids, especially really young kids, the question of how to treat bug bites becomes even more pertinent. You see, little ones will scratch and pick at bug bites until they’re bleeding open wounds. No joke. Those yucky boo-boos can get infected, which may lead to a whole other host of problems. So bug bite relief isn’t just about being comfortable but about preventing more serious health issues.
When it comes to answering the question “how to treat bug bites”, the first thing I do is try to prevent bug bites in the first place. If there are no bugs there is no biting and you don’t need bug bite relief. Yahoo!
One way you can ward off bugs is with homemade bug repellent luminaries. However, this is really only a solution if your little one is going to be in a limited area since he or she can’t run around holding a flaming Mason jar all day.
Unfortunately, there’s no way around it, bug bites are going to occur. So let’s get back to the question how to treat bug bites. Sure, there are a plenty of products you can just pick up at your local grocery store to provide bug bite relief. However those products can be expensive, inconvenient, and filled with chemicals. While I want to treat bug bites, I don’t want to blow my budget, have to carry around a big spray can or other bulky container, or expose my family or myself to lots of chemicals. I know, I want it all. That’s where this homemade bug bite relief stick comes in….
As you may know, I love using essential oils in household products whenever possible. I’ve used essential oils in everything from makeup to pet shampoo and they have never let me down, so when I was trying to figure out how to treat bug bites I thought why not try essential oils?
Once again, essential oils did not fail me, and I have to say I love this bug bite relief stick. It’s incredibly quick and easy to make. (The longest step is waiting for the bug bite relief sticks to harden in the fridge.) Plus, since you put the ingredients in empty lip balm tubes, the bug bite relief sticks are super portable. You can pop one in your purse and not even know it is there until you need it. Your little one could carry one around in his or her pocket without being burdened. Seriously, it’s so much easier than carrying around spray canisters and creams to use. In addition, since this natural solution to how to treat bug bites is chemical-free, you don’t have to worry about overusing or damaging sensitive skin.
This summer, forget spending your money on store-bought solutions on how to treat bug bites. Instead, try these all natural bug bite relief sticks. You won’t regret it!
1. Grate 2 teaspoons of cocoa butter
2. In a small glass measuring jar, add beeswax pellets and cocoa butter.
3. Set glass jar in a small pot of water.
4. Bring the water to a boil, stirring beeswax mixture every 30 seconds until melted.
5. Stir essential oils into beeswax mixture.
6. Pour beeswax mixture into empty lip balm tubes.
Caution: Beeswax mixture will be very hot.
7. Set lip balm tubes in the fridge for 5-10 minutes or until hardened.
8. Apply directly to bite for bug bite relief.
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Do you know of other natural ways how to treat bug bites? Please share in the comments!