How We Prevent Bug Bites + Make Them Stop Itching, Naturally.
One of the challenges of traveling perpetually is that the natural bug repellents and itch soothers that I pack do eventually run out. At that point, it’s hard to find natural bug repellents + itch soothers that can actually repel all biting bugs or immediately soothe their bites. Thankfully, I found two things that solve this travel challenge…
After a lot of research, I was lucky to find a family who shared a natural recipe that worked amazing at repelling all biting bugs, plus it immediately soothed any bites (that I already had).
In a small bottle, I place…
2-3 drops eucalyptus pure essential oil
2-3 drops lemongrass pure essential oil
2-3 drops tea tree pure essential oil
I fill the rest of the little bottle with distilled witch hazel water
I shake well and spray on my skin (every few hours) to repel bugs that bite. If I forget to use this before going out (or if they sneak into our lodging without permission), I grab this spray bottle and spritz it on any itches. It immediately stops the itching, the redness, and the swelling. It’s like a miracle.
These ingredients are eco-friendly, mostly packaged in glass bottles, and can be found almost anywhere.
(Witch hazel is ideally found in any first aid section and I definitely find it, distilled, in health food stores.)
I also spray this same solution onto my handy wipes, to provide a little hand cleaning assistance on-the-go.
I’m testing this out as a spray deodorant, as well, and will report back how that goes.
P.S. If you would like to thank this kind family for sharing this amazing recipe, they are accepting donations to fund their terminally ill family member’s sailing adventures. Thank you for considering this!
When I’m going to be out hiking all day, just to be safe, I will also do the following (but I’m trying to wean myself from this habit)…
I find the biggest pharmacy with the nicest staff (in whatever country I’m in)
If they don’t have a natural repellent on their shelf that repels all bugs that bite, they will likely know of a natural product in their back room and offer to unpack it
This is what I spray on my clothing when I want double duty protection, just to be safe (though I don’t know if it’s even necessary; it just makes me feel better to know this backup is there, as I react allergically to bites). If the label says it’s effective for 7 hours, I will still reapply it every few hours.
These repellents are often not as natural as we would like them to be.
Most of these products are not ecologically packaged.
It’s rare that I can find the same product twice; they are often different.
I’m trying to wean myself from this habit, as it’s more of a security blanket and I feel guilty, sustainability-wise.
P.S. All the more reason I am grateful to this kind family for sharing their natural bug repellent and itch soothing recipe! If you have found the recipe helpful, too, and would like to thank them for it, they are accepting donations to fund their terminally ill family member’s sailing adventures. Thank you for considering this!