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How to Make Homemade Bug Bite Sticks

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If you spend any amount of time outdoors in summer, you’re going to get bothered by bugs. Bug spray helps a lot, but sometimes, you get a bite or sting and these homemade bug bite sticks come to the rescue. I don’t like using chemicals on my body or my kid’s bodies. So the bug spray I make is made with safe natural ingredients. I prefer to make my own healthy body products and avoid dangerous chemicals.

Homemade bug bite stick on a board next to a blue napkin

I know when I’m in the garden in summer, I’m battling all kinds of bugs. The squash bugs are eating my plants, the mosquitoes are eating me and the kids. It’s miserable. And it’s even more miserable watching the kids suffer.

But there are things you can do to help. (And my bug spray and bug bite stick ingredients are kid and baby safe of course as well, it is what I do and safety is my number one!)

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Bug bites sticks and salve tins laying on a table with some luffa

After bite stick

My homemade bug sprays work impressively well, however, you can’t ever really expect to avoid every bite. So that’s where the homemade bug bite sticks come in. They soothe mosquito bites, chigger bites, tick bites, stings and more. These bug bite sticks are gentle and natural using healthy ingredients that soothe and nourish the skin.

And it turns out, making your own all-natural bug bite relief is also really easy. It only takes a few ingredients. It steeps for a few days, but the prep time and finishing time are a snap. And it works almost instantly.

Bug bite salve

I make the homemade salve fairly stiff so I can rub it right on our bites and stings without having to stick my fingers into a pot. I love the chapstick roll-ups for this. My hands aren’t always clean outside and I don’t always want to rub dirt into my salve pots.

This recipe makes about 13 sticks. You make it in your crockpot. It takes a few days, but it’s amazing how well it works. Get a bite, rub it on, the itch is gone.

bug bite stick oil infusing with dried herbs in the crock pot
infused bug bite stick oil straining over a jar
Bug bites sticks and salve tins laying on a table with some luffa
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Homemade Bug Bite Sticks

Roll up stick of itch relief salve for bug bites and stings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 d
Finishing Time15 mins
Total Time2 d 20 mins
Keyword: bug bite stick, homemade body products, itch relief
Servings: 30
Author: Christina

Equipment

  • 1 Crock pot
  • 13 chap stick tubes or some small containers

Ingredients

Steeping Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Plantain Leaf
  • 3 Teaspoons Dried Lavender Flowers
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Leaf
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Root
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

Finishing Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Lanolin
  • 1/2 c Beeswax

Instructions

  • Turn your crock pot on the lowest setting and add the steeping ingredients to infuse for two to three days. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t get too hot. You can turn it off at night.
  • After a couple days, strain your oil with cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
  • Clean out your crock pot, then return your infused oil to the crock pot.
  • Add finishing ingredients to the oil and stir until dissolved and combined.
  • Pour the mixture into empty chapstick tubes or small tins.

Allow the tubes to harden, label, and directly apply as needed to any annoying mosquito bites or insect bites you may be dealing with.

bug bite stick tubes hardening on a stove top

Note: Please be cautious when using essential oils or any products on children. Information shared on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and has not been evaluated by the FDA. These are simply recipes that I use.

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