How to treat bites and keep mosquitos away naturally

One of my hard-won photos!
A friend and I recently went to a nearby park to shoot some macro photos of insects and wildflowers. The trip was a success, and you can check out my work hereHowever, I am now completely covered in mosquito bites! 
I researched natural remedies for treating bites and keeping bugs away, and developed the following all-natural and inexpensive recipes for bite ointment and repellent which work like a charm!  The ointments should also work on chigger bites, and the repellent will keep most insects away.  See this post for more information on how to deter bugs without killing them or using chemical pesticides.
To make ointment and repellent, you will need:
filtered water, mint oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, orange oil,
baking soda, aloe vera gel (optional) and two spray bottles
Spray Ointment for Mild to Moderate Itch
1 tbs baking soda
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops mint essential oil 
1/3 cup water or enough to fill spray bottle 

Shake all together in spray bottle, and spray on affected areas.  

Salve for Moderate to Severe Itch
5 tbs baking soda
2 tbs aloe vera gel (optional)
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops mint essential oil 
1/3 cup water

Mix all together in a narrow bottle with screw top to create a thick paste.  Shake well, and apply to affected area with a washcloth or cotton pad


All-Purpose Insect Repellent
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops orange essential oil
2 drops mint essential oil
1 cup water 

Mix everything together in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray on yourself, pets, and children.  

For more suggestions on keeping bugs at bay, check out this post.

Here are additional suggestions I compiled for treating mosquito bites and keeping them away:

Treat mosquito bites naturally

1.  Apple Cider Vinegar.  Apply a small amount of raw organic apple cider vinegar directly to the bite.  Or, if you’re covered in bites, take a hot bath in a tub full of water and 2.5 cups of vinegar.
2.  Baking Soda and Witch Hazel.  Make a paste of baking soda and witch hazel and apply directly to the bite.  The witch hazel is an astringent that will draw out fluid and reduce swelling, while the baking soda eases inflammation.
3.  Essential Oils.  Use diluted tea tree essential oil to stop the sting and disinfect the area.  Or, use diluted basil essential oil (which contains thymol and camphor) to relieve itching.  Diluted peppermint essential oil will also add a cooling sensation.
Repel mosquitos naturally
1.  Essential Oils.  Use citronella, lemon eucalyptus, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, peppermint, clove, geranium, catnip, neem, lavender, or tea tree pure essential oils diluted in water as a topical repellent.  
2.  Plants.  Grow lemongrass, basil, catnip, rosemary, and marigolds in your garden to keep mosquitos away.
3.  Helpful Critters.  Protect bats and frogs which eat mosquitos.
4.  Other.  Avoid wearing dark clothing, fruity or flowery fragrances, and humid areas.
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2 responses to “How to treat bites and keep mosquitos away naturally

  1. Hi, I love the look of this bug spray, but I have a couple of questions. I’m allergic to lavender, in any incarnation. If there another oil I can substitute. Also would any kind mint oil suffice? Can I use peppermint?
    Please let me know. Thank you, Tamara

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