DIY Bug Bite Balm

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DIY Bug Bite Balm- This DIY anti-itch bug bite balm is soothing for when the bugs get you and can be used as often as needed. And, it's easy to make!

When I was a kid, my mom would always make sure to bring the after bite stick with us when we went camping. For some reason those mosquitoes really liked me and I would go to sleep every night itching and scratching. The after bite stick was my saving grace. As I have moved towards using more essential oils and learning about making my own personal care stuff, I decided to find out what essential oils would help relieve skin irritations such as those that come from bug bites. I made my own DIY Bug bite balm and decided to share it with our readers here at Northwest Tourist. You can either make it in stick form or you can make it in small tins. Either way you decide to make it, here is just how easy it is to make your own anti-itch bug bite balm.

DIY Bug Bite Balm

To make DIY Bug Bite Balm you will need:

2 Tablespoons Beeswax

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

2 Tablespoons Shea Butter

20 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

7 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

7 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

3 Empty Lip Balm Tubes or 2 1 Oz Tins with Lids

A Mason Jar

A Small Old Pot

Something to stir with (I like Bamboo Skewers)

bug bite balm DIY


Here’s How you Make DIY Bug Bite Balm

bug bite balm

  1. Start by gathering all your supplies and measuring them out so they are ready to go.You don’t have to measure out the essential oils, but you should measure out the Shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. The beeswax should be grated (or chopped very small) or you can buy Beeswax Beads to use as well.
  2. Place your mason jar into the pot and fill the pot about half full with water. Bring the water to a boil slowly.Add in your beeswax and stir it to help it melt faster. Then, add in your coconut oil and Shea butter and allow them to melt so that you have one liquid.Make sure not to get any water in the mason jar.
  3. Remove the jar from the heat with a potholder. Place it on a heat resistant surface and add in the essential oils, stirring in between additions. Work quickly before this starts to solidify.
  4. Remove your caps (or lid) on your tubes and carefully pour the mixture into the tubes, filling it to the top. Leave the caps off and allow to solidify for at least 1.2 hour top 45 minutes before placing the cap on.
  5. To use, just roll it up like a lip balm and apply to the skin.


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4 comments on “DIY Bug Bite Balm”

  1. Heather says:

    When I made this it filled 10 lip balm tubes, not 3. Should I gave used teaspoons instead of tablespoons?

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Heather, I am not sure why yours gave you so much. When I did this, I only got 3. I wouldn’t think there is much difference in lip balm tube sizes. I guess consider yourself lucky! You have more than enough to fend off those skeeter bites!

  2. Gina says:

    Is this good for a breakout of hives? Those are itchy, too!

  3. Betsy Sween says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made a batch just now, and I also was able to fill 10 tubes with your recipe. Just an fyi. Now I have plenty to share. 🙂

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