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he fam went on an overnight back-packing trip and I got eaten alive…I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t you bring bug-spray?” Well yes, but when we began our hike the buggies weren’t bugging, so I didn’t put any on. However, five seconds after arrival the mosquitoes were going post apocalypse on us as I frantically searched for the elusive spray. Those buggies laid into me 20 times before I could ward them off.

Keep spray handy…lesson learned!

Once the spray was applied, however, (and re-applied every hour…remember essential oils dissipate!) I was good to go. But the damage had already been done, I was left in carnage. Thankfully, essential oils do more than repel mosquitoes, they also help alleviate that annoying itch. Lavender and Tea Tree to the rescue!

To Make: Add 5 drops tea tree* and 6-15 drops lavender* essential oils into a 10mL roller bottle, top with carrier oil and roll onto bites to soothe the itch. Within a few minutes you’ll forget they’re even there!

Because lavender is healing and soothing, this blend may even help speed up the healing process of those nasty bites! 

If you’re on the trail, I highly recommend packing in these 2mL mini bottles  filled with some basic first aid oils:

  • Lavender – for cuts and soothing bug bites, stings or burns. Can also soothe skin from too much sun exposure.
  • Tea tree – for disinfecting and soothing bites.
  • Eucalyptus – to combat a stuffy nose and help soothe achy muscles.
  • Frankincense – To help with breathing and to pair with other oils (frankincense is often called a “driving oil” which helps the efficacy of other oils).
  • Wintergreen – To help soothe achy and overworked muscles. Can also help calm an upset stomach when inhaled.

These oils will certainly come in handy while in the bush and they won’t weigh your pack down. You’ll be so glad you have them if needed…I sure was!

* Tea tree has a recommended 15% dilution ratio and lavender has a recommended 2-5%. Be sure to know proper dilution ratios before using essential oils! (See this conversion chart for reference.)

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    Megan Stevens
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    Love this approach, cool recipe! Thanks!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Thanks Megan!

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    I need to make this for my family. Mosquitos are crazy already here, I’m not sure if they even went away during the winter. I feel like we always have them here now. My little ones both swell like crazy when they get bites, this will be perfect for soothing.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Oh no! Mosquitoes are the WORST! Hope this helps find some relief!

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    Dawn
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    My kids are going to be very happy this summer! They hate itchy mosquito bites. In spite of our best efforts to keep them from happening they still get a bite or several in :/

    Love lavender and tee tree oils, I always have them on hand.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Yes…the bites seem to be inevitable! 3 out of 6 of us seem to be beacons for them!

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    Raia Todd
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    Yes! We’ve been using lavender on bug bites and itches for a few years now. My kids are practically covered in it during the summer. Haha.

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Awesome Raia! Lavender is so great! There are many worse things they could be covered in! 😉

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    Carol Little R.H.
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    Good idea to have a good bug repellent on hand! Oh dear. That sounds like quite the experience!!
    Another little ‘herbGal’ tip? Avoid eating fruit before going on any hikes — makes us less appetizing to the flying invaders!!

    • Kelsey Steffen
      Kelsey Steffen
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      Thanks for the tip Carol! Sadly, fruit is always our go-to snack when hiking! :/ Does dehydrated fruit count, too?

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