Insect (Bug) Bites / Stings

bee on white flowerBites or stings from insects or spiders vary in degree of how much harm they may cause. Most bug bites cause discomfort, itching, redness, and swelling and are easily treatable. However other bites such as from a black widow, brown recluse spider, tick, and not to mention scorpions can be very harmful. These more harmful bites should be treated more seriously with professional treatment. Some people may get an allergic reaction to some bites as well. Allergic reactions can be serious as well. Allergies commonly occur from stings or bites from bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. People with severe allergies to these bugs should be prepared with an anaphylaxis kit at all times.

Common bites or stings from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, fleas, chiggers, non toxic spiders show redness and swelling in the affected area and often times with some itching. The following is a list of a typical protocol when treating a bug bite or sting.

• Bees may leave the stinger in the skin gently rub over the area with a fingernail or such to remove this source of infection.

• Lightly wash the area with soap and water.

• Avoid scratching.

• Apply oils directly to the bites often to limit infection and relieve pain and itching.

• If redness and/or pus drainage continues seek professional help.

Suggested Oils to Use

Lavender, Tea Tree

Ants: Sting: Lavender, Peppermint. To eradicate from an area – Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary (depending on species)

Bees, wasps, etc: Basil, Cinnamon, Clove, Lavender, Tea Tree

Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Thyme

Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint

Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass, Tea Tree

Spider: Basil, Peppermint

Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

Apply essential oils topically directly on the area of the skin stung or bitten as soon as possible. Lavender is usually the first oil to consider using when calming or reducing the affects of a bug bite or sting. Repeat every 1 to 2 hours as needed. For younger children or people with sensitive skin dilute oils with a carrier such as olive oil or coconut oil.

Skeeter Syndrome – Use oils topically apply 1-5 drops (depending on area) as soon as possible and repeat often to reduce and counter the reaction.

Special Precautions: For more severe reactions or a large number of bites or stings, consult a professional healthcare specialist.