Another bug bites the dust!


Hi Mystic Moments, don't get me wrong, I love the summer, and I am enjoying this heatwave, but my skin is always being bitten. It is so irritating! Have you got anything that would help?

Sally, 40 from Newcastle.

Bites can be annoying, in fact, they can be very annoying. It seems I also have very desirable blood when it comes to bugs, they really can't get enough of me. If only I could get the same affection from the opposite sex. I proactively started using essential oils myself to reduce bites and also try to prevent my body from becoming an all you can eat buffet.

Symptoms of bug bites provide clues to the cause and severity. For example, most bug bites cause red bumps with pain, itching, or burning sensation. Some also feature blisters or welts. Here are some common bug bite signs:

- Bedbugs leave a small bite mark on the skin that is red and itchy or causes a severe allergic reaction.

- Bee stings cause a red skin bump with white around it.

- Flea bites leave an itchy welt on the skin, often on the ankles and legs.

- Mosquitoes leave a raised, itchy pink skin bump or in rare cases a severe allergic reaction.

- Ticks can carry Lyme disease, and their bite leaves a rash that looks like an expanding bulls-eye.

Once you have identified your bite, all that is left to do is to apply the appropriate essential oils to reduce your suffering and irritation.

Top 5 essential oils for bug bites

Basil

It contains anti-microbial and antibacterial characteristics which are valuable in the treatment of bug bites and may help with the prevention of bacterial growth at the wound location.

Lavender

Known for its abilities to desensitise and calm down an individual, Lavender essential oil is excellent for the management of bites, and they become a lot more manageable with a clear head.

Lemongrass

Also boosting superb anti-microbial, accompanied with amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It may be able to prevent infections and the spread of bacteria within a bite.

Peppermint

This essential oil is known for it's cooling and soothing effect when applied topically which is perfect when applied to bites. It has also been reported to be able to reduce itching and therefore decrease the amount of scratching and hopefully speed up healing time. Its aroma has also been known to deter bugs completely.

Tea Tree

Probably the most effective essential oil when it comes to bites. Its excellent properties include anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, antibacterial and the ability to heal wounds. Topically application may result in scratching prevention, swelling reductions and reduce the risk the bacteria spreading.

Essential Oils for Bed Bug Bites Bedbugs are small oval-shaped non-flying insects that belong to the insect family. They are flat, brown insects that come out at night and feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals and humans. Bed bug bites are often not noticed immediately, but within a few days the bite will appear and may be red and itchy.

I would personally recommend the use of tea tree essential oil and lemongrass essential oil on the bite. These oils speed up the healing process; tea tree oil helps reduce itching and infection, while lemongrass essential oil keeps the bite clean and discourages the growth of bacteria.

Essential Oils for Bee Stings Bees are flying insects that collect pollen and nectar from flowers. While most bees will not sting humans if they are left alone, they may sting if they feel threatened. The importance of bees is undeniable; they are the primary pollinator's. So if you can, avoid getting stung! Bee stings can be identified as red, stinging, itchy bumps. While some people are allergic to bee stings and need immediate medical attention, most bee stings can be treated at home.

When it comes down to a treatment for a bee sting, basil essential oil is the one. Basil essential oil has antibacterial properties to fight against microorganisms. By using basil on bee stings, the chance of infection is reduced. Lavender and tea tree essential oil are also excellent choices to relieve pain and itching of bee stings.

Essential Oils for Flea Bites Fleas are tiny bugs. They don’t grow much larger than the tip of a pen, and they range from light brown to almost black in colour. They don’t have wings, so they get around by jumping from place to place. Flea bites appear as small, red bumps and a red “halo” can appear around the bite centre. They usually appear around the ankles or legs.

Wash the area first to keep an infection from spreading and avoid scratching the bite. You can then apply tea tree, lavender and basil essential oils to cure flea bites. This will reduce the chances of infection significantly. You may also dilute the oils before using a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil if you have sensitive skin.

Essential Oils for Mosquito Bites Mosquitoes are flying insects with long, thin bodies that emerge at night or during the morning to suck blood from people and animals. Swelling and itching usually accompany mosquito bites. After being bitten, people may wonder what to put on mosquito bites and how to make the mosquito bites stop itching. One practical solution is to use tea tree oil for mosquito bites.

Tea tree is an excellent essential oil for mosquito bites because of its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching properties. It can also help to keep the wound clean. Peppermint would also be highly effective in soothing the bites but would also act as a repellent and hopefully keep the blood-sucking monsters away!

Essential Oils for Tick Bites Ticks are small arachnids, part of the order Parasitiformes. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acari. In appearance, they are little brown insects with a hard exoskeleton. They most often live in fields and forests, and they feed on the blood of people and animals. Often tick bites are easy to locate because the tick is still attached to the skin. After safely removing the tick, the site of a tick bite will often be red and can then be treated with essential oils.

For the treatment of tick bites, I generally use tea tree and lemongrass essential oil. Tea tree essential oil’s antibacterial properties make it an excellent choice for treating tick bites, which are known for carrying harmful pathogens and viruses. It can also help disinfect the site of the wound and reduce the chance of infection. Lemongrass boasts great antimicrobial properties and can help keep the bite clean.

Bug Repellent All of this pain and misery can be easily avoided. Many essential oils can repel these horrible critters and hopefully help you to remain bug-free!

Mystic Moments have released a blend of their own named 'Bug Repellent'. It contains the following essential oils, Lemongrass, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Geranium and Citronella. All known for aiding in the repelling of bugs. This blend has been precisely formulated to produce a product of the highest quality. For a bug repellent, it doesn't smell half bad either.

Best way to use this blend would be to dilute it in a carrier oil and apply to your skin or add a few drops to a diffuser at home and hopefully this will keep them at bay.

I hope you find the perfect solution Sally because nobody enjoys being bitten to death!

Peace out x

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