While bug sprays can help keep insects at bay, they don’t guarantee around-the-clock protection, which means one of those pesky predators are bound to get you sooner or later. So what do you do when the itchiness is driving you crazy? Avoid scratching if you can, as this can increase redness, swelling, and chance of an infection, and turn to one of Anne-Marie Faiola’s, founder of Handmade Beauty Box, natural home remedies instead.
Faiola's DIY recipes (below) call for skin-soothing ingredients, like tea tree oil, witch hazel, and aloe vera—all proven to take the itch and inflammation out of bug bites and stings (and are far more effective than the marking an "X” with your fingernail technique).
Bug Bite Body Butter
1 oz beeswax
1 oz olive oil
1 oz coconut oil
1 ml tea tree essential oil
1. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in the microwave in a small heat safe container on 30 second bursts until fully melted.
2. Thoroughly stir in the olive oil and tea tree essential oil. Let the mixture cool for 1-2 hours.
3. Liberally apply to the bug bite area as needed.
Bug Bite Cooling Tonic
4 oz aloe vera liquid
4 oz witch hazel
1 oz lavender essential oil
1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
2. Store in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief.
3. Apply to the bug bite area as needed.