Bug Bite Soother – anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite

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Bug Bite Soother - anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite

There are several bug repellent recipes and ready-made products out there which are pretty effective in preventing bugs from biting (recommendations in the Q&A at the bottom of this post, including my own Tick Off! Bug Off! recipe).

But sometimes we don't re-apply often enough, and we pay for it.

This Bug Bite Soother recipe is my first go-to for mosquito bites.

This blend is super effective in stopping the itchiness from bug bites, especially when you apply right after the bug bites, or as soon as you notice you have a bite. In the experience of myself and my children (and friends and family), we swipe the roller bottle one time over the big bite, and usually don't need to re-apply again – ever (see testimonials from below).

If you've been scratching a bit before application, and the histamines are really having a party, you may need to apply more than once before the anti-histamine activity of the Tea Tree and Lavender overpowers the itching.

From personal experience in my family I can also say this also works for horsefly bites and wasp stings.

One swipe does the trick. Yes, really! 

This is a 50% dilution according to my dilution chart over on Diluting Essential Oils Safely.

Bug Bite Soother – anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite

Bug Bite Soother – anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite


  • 1/2 teaspoon Tea Tree essential oil Melaleuca alternifolia
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lavender essential oil Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil


  1. Add the essential oils to a 10ml roller bottle (it will be half full), then top with the carrier oil.
  2. Shake a bit to mix. Use as needed.

Read this testimonial from Kristina, “I made the bug bite soother roll-on from the recipe below. Good thing I had it on hand when I got a nasty mosquito bite this morning. My skin was was welting up and itched like crazy. Honestly, I didn't think the blend would be a huge help but I rolled it on anyway. A few minutes later I looked down and couldn't even find where I had been bitten…welt and itching were completely gone! Just one application. Wow!! Thanks for the recipe.

And from Amy, “This works better than anything else I've tried, especially if applied immediately after bitten. You will literally see the swelling go down. I make a roller bottle for every family member and a few extra around the house.”

Bug Bite Soother - anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite

Questions you may have about this recipe

Q: Okay, I am soooo confused. You preach about safety and using proper dilutions, and then you have this recipe which is a 50% dilution. Please explain yourself!

A: This is the most common question I get about this recipe. I must point out that there are a few instances where “neat” (undiluted) application is acceptable. Bug bites and stings are two of those instances. Being conservative, I prefer not to use them neat, and have found a 50% dilution to be as effective. If you prefer to dilute further, that is totally up to you. Just be sure the dilution you use is also effective. This dilution is so effective you need just one application in most cases.

Q: I don’t have all the essential oils in this recipe – what can I leave out?

A: You can leave out the Lavender. I've made this with just Tea Tree, and it is still super effective.

Q: What carrier oils do you recommend?

A: There are many carrier oil options. I typically use jojoba for most uses. You can find a variety of options here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?

A: Yes, the ingredients used are safe for using during pregnancy. This dilution is also fine when used on an “as needed” basis. For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?

A: Yes, the ingredients in this recipe are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. For more information on essential oil safety for breastfeeding moms read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?

A: The essential oils used in this recipe are safe to use on children. Although I did not create this recipe for children specifically, I have used this recipe on my kids over age 5. Using essential oils neat, even on children, is acceptable for bug bites and stings, and therefore this recipe (50% dilution instead of 100% essential oils) is also acceptable. But if you have younger kids, you could totally try this at a 25% dilution and see if it works as well as this 50% dilution. For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.

Q: You recommend using a roller bottle. Does it have to be a roller bottle with a stainless steel ball, or can I use a plastic one?

A: Because this recipe has a 50% dilution, I would suggest using a roller bottle with a stainless steel ball, like these: Aluminum and glass with stainless roller ball. That being said, I first made this blend in these 5ml roller bottles, which have a plastic roller ball, and have not had any issue with them deteriorating.

Q: What if I want to use a different roller bottle size?

A: Go for it! Use 25% Tea Tree and 25% Lavender along with 50% carrier oil.

Q: What brands do you recommend for this recipe?

A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion here. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match ?

Q: Where do you purchase your carrier oils?

A: I personally like to use high quality, organic carrier oils, as they are applied to and absorbed by my skin. You can find my favorites on my carrier oils post.

Q: What bug repellents do you recommend?

A: I have found several that work well: Wingsets' Herbal Insect Repellent, available as an essential oil blend, spray, or lotion; Hard Lotion's Bug Block, a lotion bar you rub on your skin, and Tropical Traditions' Organic All Natural Insect Repellent, available as a lotion. If you want to make your own, you can use my recipe here: Tick Off! Bug Off!


My son calls this my “magic boo-boo potion” -Ashley

We use this exact recipe. Works like a charm – especially if we use it right away. – Candace

Did this blend for my daughters ring worm. it worked when the meds from the dr didn’t – Joy.

This stuff is awesome! – Janet

It works! I put this on a five minute old bite. Normally it would swell and itch for several days. It never itched or swelled at all. – Valerie

OH MY GOODNESS this works like a charm! My peanut had 3 big nasty mosquito bites on her face (welts) – in three days its just about gone! LOVE THIS – Stina

Just used it on my multiple mosquito bites and it rocks! – Nicole

Love this. Also great for the scratches that go along with gardening. – Sandy

We use it and love it! – Deb

I love this! It works wonderfully! My daughter can not handle any amount of pain or physical discomfort without whining and it works for her. It has brought peace to my summer. – Mandi

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Bug Bite Soother - anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite

Bug Bite Soother - anti-histamine relief after the bugs bite

Lea Jacobson is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and empowering information about using essential oils safely. The Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group founded and run by Lea and her team has over 140,000 members and hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of her bestseller Essential Oil Profiles (available as a full color print book as well as an ebook). Based off the information in the popular Top 60 Essential Oils APP, the print version has sold out in days each time it's been offered. Other books by Lea: The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the Hydrosols Quick Start Guide.

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