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 on this page).

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.

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.


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


This is the recipe that finally changed my husband's mind about essential oils.... the "gateway" blend! Lol! After this recipe convinced him that eos can work, he started letting me make him more blends and then even requesting more blends, when he would have typically used something over the counter. He has stopped using OTC creams (cortisone, and anti-fungals) and asks me to bring the oils when we go on trips. Total convert, just because of this recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us!


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.


This recipe is safe for:

All of the essential oils are safe for use on children. These dilutions are higher than usual for kids, but bites and stings are a good reason to break the rules.

Yes, but isn't a 50% dilution really high?

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.

You can use all Tea Tree or all Lavender if you wish, instead of half and half.

Rivertree Life 10ml roller bottles on amazon. Due to the high dilution of this recipe, roller bottles with stainless steel balls are recommended.

There are many carrier oils that can be used for this recipe. I typically use Jojoba oil for most uses, but you can read about various options here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.

My opinion on brands can be found here.

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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


Did this blend for my daughters ringworm. It worked when the meds from the dr didn’t.


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


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