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This recipe was originally written and published in 2014.
My daughter’s back gets hot, especially with her hair laying on it all the time (she loves her hair down!). Last month she got a heat rash that flared by her scratching a bug bite in the same area. We treated just with the witch hazel, and it went away within a week.
She got the heat rash and bug-bites combo again, and this time I added essential oils to the blend to accelerate the healing process and kill the itch. This is a 1% dilution and safe for children. Read more about dilutions here.
Why I chose these ingredients
Witch hazel makes for an awesome base since it’s naturally astringent and soothing. I like this witch hazel by Dickenson's (also linked in the amazon ad below).
Lavender – Lavandula angustifola, not Spike Lavender which is Lavendula latifolia, or Lavandin – due to it’s analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant (cell-regenerative and scar-healing), anti-infectious, wound-healing, and skin-healing properties.
Frankincense – also analgesic (pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant (cell-regenerative and scar-healing), and skin-healing properties.
Tea Tree – anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-infectious.
How to apply
You can apply by adding a few drops to a cotton round, but my best recommendation is to spray it on. I like to use these 2 ounce glass spray bottles (also inked in the amazon ad below). If using around kids, these aluminum brushed spray bottles might be a better idea.
Keep scrolling to find out more detailed information about this recipe, which should answer any questions you may have about this recipe.
Itch Be Gone recipe
- 6 drops Lavender essential oil Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula vera
- 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil Melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca linariifolia var. alternifolia
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil ideally Boswellia carterii (Boswellia sacra), but Boswellia frereana and Boswellia serrata will also work
- 2 ounces Witch Hazel I like this one.
- Add to a 2 ounce spray bottle.
- Shake well before spritzing on itchy or irritated skin, including rashes.
Q: I don't have all the essential oils in this recipe. Is there something else I can use?
A: I always makes the very best recipe I can so it will be effective – and safe! However, these are not the only anti-histamine essential oils. You can look up other anti-histamine essential oils in our app or ebook.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?
A: Yes, the ingredients used are safe for using during pregnancy. 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: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.
Q: You've taught me that witch hazel and oils do not mix. Why are you breaking your rule for this recipe?
A: Whenever you add essential oils to witch hazel you want to be sure to shakeshakeshake before applying to the skin. Another option is adding Solubol or even liquid soap to help disperse the essential oils into the witch hazel.
Q: What essential oil 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 🙂
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