We are welcoming the warm weather with open arms as we approach Summer and already, we are experiencing the pesky insects, such as mosquitoes, also joining us. If you are looking to create your own Natural Insect Repellent you can learn more about that here. Within this blog we are going to focus on what to use after you have experienced an insect bite.
This context and recipe can be taken on board for any small insect bite but to understand what happens in the body and topically on the skin we are going to focus on mosquito bites. When a mosquito lands on your skin and decides to have a taste by piercing your skin, it injects saliva into your skin and your body reacts to the salvia by creating a bump and itching. Essentials oils may help this reaction by minimising the inflammation and irritation on the skin.
Essential oils that may help insect bites
Peppermint essential oil has a cooling action, and in very low dilutions, can be useful for the treatment of sunburn, rashes and itchy skin.
Well-known for anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender essential oil may help relieve inflammation. It also has antimicrobial actions which may help prevent the pierced skin becoming infected.
Chamomile is invaluable to those with sensitive skin as it is very calming and gentle. It is considered an anti-allergenic and could be used to reduce itching from bug bites.
Kunzea is thought to have some effectiveness as an insect repellent and can be applied undiluted to the skin to spot treat insect bites and relieve itching.
Author: Georgia Doherty Content & Community Coordinator
Georgia is the Content & Community Coordinator at ECO. Modern Essentials. Georgia oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations, is a leader for ECO.'s content creation + DIY recipes and manages ECO.'s affiliate program. She is a qualified Beauty Therapist with extensive Dermal Therapy qualifications, a Diploma in Training Design & Development with a Aromatherapy Practitioner Certificate. Georgia is passionate about leading a happy & healthy life and helping educate those around her.
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