When oil is extracted from a plant via the process of steam or water distillation, the oil is named so as it captures the very essence of the plant. Once the oil has been procured it is mixed with some carrier oil and then used in the practice of aromatherapy. The oil is extracted from the stem, root, fruit, flower, branch, leaves of one specific plant only and sold in tiny bottles with an expensive price tag. Despite being a little pricey essential oils sell like hot cakes because of the numerous uses only one bottle can provide you. Not only are they useful in terms of skin or hair care but they also have medicinal properties instilled in them. They also regulate human psyche. Some of the popular essential oils are: Lavender oil, Clove oil, Cypress oil, Tea Tree oil etc.
As aforementioned essential oils have varied uses because of the numerous nutrients and medicinal properties they own. One of these uses is fighting allergies. Stated below are oils that fight, heal and prevent allergies from taking hold on your body.
Best essential oils used for bug bites:
- Eucalyptus oil: Eucalyptus oil has inflammatory properties that help in battling congestion. If you want to use the oil to treat your allergies you can use it in a diffuser. Inhaling the eucalyptus diffused air will relax you and help in healing any seasonal allergies that may have appeared on your body. Eucalyptus oil is known to reduce infections related to your respiratory tract. If you have cold sores, hoarseness or cough inhaling the oil can give you instant relief. If you do not own a diffuser you can also inhale the substance right from the bottle. Smelling it instantly provides a cooling sensation in your body which helps warding off allergies. Also, you can blend eucalyptus oil with other essential oils such as peppermint and rosemary to create a stronger mixture which helps preventing allergies as well.
- Lemon oil: Lemon oil is known for its multiple uses since it contains antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help regulating body health. They are also very useful when it comes to fighting bacterial activity. Lemon oil is often used by aromatherapy practitioners to stimulate alertness and invigorate the mind and body. Lemon essential oil can be used as a nasal spray to clear up sinus issues and reduce congestion. You can use the oil in a diffuser to feel a relaxed sensation or you can apply in onto your allergies directly. One important thing to keep in mind while sing the lemon oil is to make sure you do not expose yourself to direct sunlight as it could lead to your skin becoming sensitive and prone to blisters and burning.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is the quintessential bug bites fighter with its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. If used topically it significantly reduces skin inflammation and reduces swelling. You can apply the oil directly on your bug bites after having diluted it with carrier oil such as coconut oil. But tea tree oils are known to be very strong and do not react well on everyone’s skin type. You should try a skin patch test at first to check its suitability. Also, tea tree oil is made just for application on skin or inhaling. It can lead to serious problems if ingested.
- Lavender oil: The lavender essential oil is known to offer the most uses to consumers. Its mild cooling sensation is known to work wonders on your skin especially if you are plagued with skin allergies. When applied it induces sleep, reduces anxiety and calms irritation thereby speeding up the process of healing. Studies also concluded that not only does the oil prevent allergic inflammation but it can also prevent the enlargement of mucous glands. The oil can be put to use in a number of ways such as in a diffuser for the purpose of aromatherapy, directly onto skin provided it has been diluted with carrier oil or you can also add a few drops of the essential oil in your bath.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is quite popular oil for bug bites and has varied uses. It is present in almost all toothpastes and its fresh minty smell is also used in aromatherapy as a medium to relax, cure headaches and stimulate the human mind. But peppermint can also be very useful when it comes to fighting off allergies because of its anti-inflammatory property. It helps reduce breathing problems if diffused in air. It can also be directly applied onto the skin condition to treat it once diluted with a carrier oil. If you want to create a stronger blend you can also combine the oil with lavender or lemon oils to act on your allergies. However, such a combination may not always suit your skin so best to test it on a patch of skin before proper application. The mixture if ill suited can result in an allergic reaction of a more serious degree.
- Chamomile oil: Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that can treat serious skin conditions such as eczema. When used after dilution with a carrier oil it can be relieve you of the itching and swelling associated with the disease. The essential oil can also be used to treat symptoms of sinus, mucous membranes and other skin conditions. You can apply the oil directly onto the bug bites or you can also use a diffuser.
Essential oil bug bites blends:
Blending of two or more oils together can result in mixtures that are stronger and can treat allergies more efficiently. The below stated combinations blend expertly thereby providing you with the best experience.
- Blend of Ravensara, Sandalwood and Frankincense oil
- Blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint oil
- Blend of Basil essential oil, Eucalyptus oil and Peppermint essential oil
- Blend of Lavender oil, Tea Tree and Lemon oil
- Blend of Bergamot and lemongrass oil