How to make your own soothing homemade itch relief spray for bug bites and mosquito bites. Safe & all natural and only 3 ingredients needed!
Soothing Homemade Itch Relief Spray for Bug Bites
Here is Texas, mosquitos are a BIG problem.
Our town has a mosquito truck that sprays nightly, which helps reduce the number of pesky mosquitos in the area. Though I’m not crazy about the idea of poison in the air, without the trucks mosquitos are literally out of control.
Mosquitos can carry a lot of nasty diseases, plus the bites are super itchy and annoying! My youngest daughter has sensitive skin, so whenever she gets a mosquito bite, it swells up to the size of a nickel.
For all of those reasons, we do everything we can to get rid of mosquitos, from natural bug repellants (our favorite is made by California Baby) to home mosquito traps (chemical-free).
Still, despite our best efforts, it’s pretty much impossible to keep the entire family bite-free all summer long.
That’s why I mixed up this homemade itch relief spray for the girls and I (Daddy usually toughs it out).
Not only do the essential oils and coconut oil soothe irritated skin, but just the act of applying the spray makes the girls feel better right away.
Related: Got ants? Click here for the recipe to our DIY Ant Killer (safe to use in a home with kids and pets!) We’ve used it for years and it works like a charm!
Bug Bite Spray Ingredients
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About the ingredients we used:
- Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca) is a well-known antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for generations to treat skin irritation and infections.
- Peppermint Oil provides a cooling sensation, so it is helpful in pain relief. Both peppermint oil and tea tree oil have been shown to help repel mosquitos, so it actually does double-duty!
- Fractionated Coconut Oil is known as a “carrier oil.” Most essential oils are highly concentrated and may irritate skin if applied directly. They also evaporate quickly. A carrier oil dilutes essential oils, preventing irritation, but also keeps them in place so they can do their job.
How to Make DIY Itch Relief Spray for Mosquito & Bug Bites:
Pour fractionated coconut oil into a small spray bottle, leaving about 1/2 inch from the top of the bottle.
TIP: A dropper or small funnel can help prevent messes or spills.
Add 10-12 drops each of tea tree essential oil and peppermint oil to bottle.
Replace lid and gently shake to mix the ingredients.
To apply: Spray once on bug bites and gently rub into skin.* Re-apply as needed.
TIP: If you prefer a roll-on itch relief oil instead of a spray, you can mix the same ingredients into an empty roller bottle (like these).
*The essential oils in this homemade itch relief spray are safe for topical use. However, everyone’s skin is different, and some may experience sensitivity. Always spot test any homemade essential oil recipe on an area of skin that is not irritated to make sure that your skin does not have an adverse reaction.