Aromatherapy

Wellness Wednesday – Don’t let the bed bugs bite

Or any other bugs for that matter. But if they do and you are seeking a natural remedy, aromatherapy offers a plant-based approach.

Insect bites often result in itching, inflammation and pain and some of the essential oils that can help address these are lavender, tea tree, chamomile, lemon and peppermint. Yarrow and frankincense are also useful.

There are a few methods for applying the essential oils.

  • Use lavender and tea tree neat (undiluted) directly on the skin.
  • In a base of aloe vera, add a drop of peppermint essential oil and rub lightly or spritz onto bites for a soothing effect.
  • You can also make a paste with baking soda and add a few drops of the essential oils of your choice and apply directly to bite area. Let sit at least a few minutes before gently washing off.
  • Or make an antipruritic (itch) blend in a carrier/base oil. Eg. In 30mL of jojoba or grape seed oil, add a couple drops each of tea tree, lavender, chamomile, yarrow and frankincense. Rub gently onto bite area.

Except for the peppermint oil/aloe vera method, use any or all other methods as needed (about a few times per day) until skin begins to clear.

Most of these oils should be easy to find but if you can only get one then lavender should be it. Chamomile comes as Roman and German; either one will do. Lemon essential oil can be irritating to the skin, especially if it’s several months old. It is also phototoxic so be cautious with use. As always, consult with a qualified aromatherapist to get the remedy most suitable for you.

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