Nothing is more annoying than pesky bugs and the itchy bumps they leave behind. Try this recipe for a homemade DIY Itch Stick to help sooth the bites from those outdoor annoyances.
Here’s the Itch Stick Recipe
This recipe includes ravintsara, lavender, and Purification essential oils. This study shows lavender’s efficacy for treating allergic skin reactions by inhibiting histamine release. The eucalyptol in ravintsara provides cooling relief to itchy bites. Terpinen-4-ol, a compound found in tea tree oil, has been shown to act as an antiseptic. Lastly, frankincense essential oil is conditioning to the skin.
1.5 tablespoons organic coconut oil (not fractionated)
1 tablespoon beeswax pellets (about 1/2 an ounce)
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops ravintsara essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil
8 drops frankincense essential oil
- Place beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Stir frequently just until melted.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then carefully add essential oils while stirring gently. If the mixture starts to solidify, simply warm the saucepan over low heat until liquid again.
- Using a small funnel, carefully pour the mixture into empty lip balm containers. Allow them to solidify overnight.
Apply this balm to any bug bites or other itchy areas. Avoid areas where skin is broken. Be careful not to leave your itch stick in the sun, a hot car, or anywhere else where it may melt.
Bugs come with the rise it heat, so while you’re getting rid of the itch, make this cooling spray to keep your horses and livestock comfortable.