Make Itch Sticks for Natural Bug Bite Itch Relief

by Andrea Butje on July 6, 2015

natural bug bite itch reliefAn itch stick with essential oils is effective, natural bug bite itch relief.

Let’s say you forgot to make your summer batch of natural bug repellent. (I have a recipe for that here!)

After you spend an evening outside with friends, you come back in covered in bites and spend the next few days trying not to scratch like crazy!

Well, maybe you forgot your bug repellent, but at least you can make natural bug bite itch relief.

The ingredients are:

  • ½ oz (14 gm) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 1 oz (28 gm) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • ½ oz (15 ml) jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 7 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 7 drops Helichrysum essential oil (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)

You’ll need two 1 oz (30 ml) push-up tubes. I like using the sturdy cardboard lip balm style tubes at SKS Bottles! You can double this recipe to fill four of their 1 oz (30 ml) tubes.

Other supplies that will come in handy are a Pyrex measuring cup, and something to stir with (a glass stir rod or the handle of a spoon will work). You might want a lip balm tube tray to help hold the tubes in place. It makes it a lot easier to pour the hot liquid into the tubes!


  • Melt your beeswax in the Pyrex measuring cup using the stove top double boiler method. (Fill a cooking pot ¼ full with water, and bring to a low boil. Put your Pyrex into the pot, with the handle hanging out of the side. Melt your ingredients in the Pyrex.)
  • Add the coconut oil.
  • Add the jojoba, stirring with a glass stir rod or the end of a spoon.
  • Remove the Pyrex from the cooking pot and turn off the stove.
  • Add your essential oils, stirring gently.
  • Pour the hot liquid into the lip balm tubes (or use a plastic pipette). This is where you might be glad to have a lip balm tube tray, which holds the tubes up and prevents spills.
  • Let the itch sticks cool for a few hours before using them.

Just rub your itch stick right over the bite, and voila—natural bug bite itch relief! The Lavender and Helichrysum essential oils are very healing, reducing inflammation and irritation fast. The Peppermint is cooling, which is a great way to stop the itch!

These itch sticks are intended for people who aren’t allergic to stings and bites. Most people aren’t allergic, so the itchy, inflamed reaction is the body’s normal and healthy response. (That doesn’t mean it’s not irritating!) An allergic reaction is more severe, and needs immediate medical attention.

But if you or your family suffer from other allergic reactions, like seasonal respiratory allergies, Aromatherapy can absolutely help! I teach a free webinar called “Reduce Allergies Naturally,” which will show you how to do just that. You’ll learn recipes for allergy relief, green cleaning (reducing your exposure to harsh chemicals can be so helpful in calming allergies), and more. Click here to learn more and register!


natural bug repellentIf bugs think you taste sweet, this natural bug repellent recipe is for you!

Plants and bugs have a love-hate relationship.

On one hand, plants need certain insects for pollination. On the other hand, some insects really cause the plant harm.

Some plants are better than others at creating their own natural bug repellents. Like Citronella Java (Cymbopogon winterianus), which has a very distinctive, sharp scent. Patchouli oil from the leaves of the plant (Pogostemom cablin) is another plant oil that’s so good at keeping away pests that we can use its essential oil as an ingredient in natural bug repellent. I’ve used Patchouli essential oil successfully in sprays to keep bugs off my body, and in incense to keep them out of my general area. The oil is effective, and has been used through the ages to get rid of moths, mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, flies, and lice.

Here’s one of my favorite ways to make natural bug repellent with Patchouli essential oil.

It has a very warm, fresh, earthy scent that I just love! The ingredients are:

  • Just under 2 oz (60 ml) Frankincense hydrosol (Boswellia carterii)
  • 16 drops Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemom cablin)
  • 10 drops Juniper essential oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 4 drops Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus)
  • Teaspoon of aloe vera gel

These essential oils really are so effective! In studies, Juniper has even been shown to repel ticks and mosquitos almost as well as DEET.

Just blend all your ingredients together in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle. Shake it up, then spray it. I don’t spray it on my face.

This natural bug repellent has some side benefits! It’s very nourishing for your skin—Frankincense hydrosol and Patchouli oil are excellent ingredients in skin care blends.

It’s also great to use in the evening before bed, and has a deep, warm, comforting aroma that can help you relax. Lemongrass is very calming to the nervous system, so much so that I’ve used it in insomnia blends. Frankincense is another calming scent that helps to still the mind’s chatter so it can actually get some rest.

If you tend to get bit a lot, this blend is a must-have! Just be ready to pass it around when everyone else asks to use it, too.


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