Living in Florida for the past 14 years I have come to despise any kind of insect that bites! From mosquitoes to no-see-ums, all types of bites you get normally hurts! In the evenings, and sometimes during the day, I have learned it is best to wear some kind of insect repellent. I don’t like the store-bought, chemical infused sprays so I use my own that I make with coconut oil! It works so well and, depending on the essential oil that you use, makes you smell so good -a lot better than those you find at your local grocery store!
Since having my son I like to be especially careful of anything that is harmful to him. He’s a mama’s boy so I always comfort him when he gets his boo-boo’s and sometimes I am overly-cautious with him. He’s a tough little dude but when he gets bug bites I can imagine they are extremely uncomfortable because they are uncomfortable for me! I tried to think of how I could alleviate the pain without using something from the store…my first thought was coconut oil. Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help when you are itchy. It also works great for reducing any redness which comes along with bug bites.
My thoughts were to freeze coconut oil so it is easy to apply to irritated skin. These is also great because the frozen coconut oil will feel good on the aggravated skin. This remedy would work great on sunburns as well! The frozen oil would feel so good on your hot skin and it can help reduce that redness! Be sure to look at Jen’s personal experience with using coconut oil to help to heal her sunburn. Let’s take a look at the ingredients for this DIY remedy:
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Food Coloring (optional)
Ice Cube Tray
- If you are using the food coloring, pour your coconut oil into a small bowl and add desired amount of food coloring.
- Mix until the coloring is incorporated with the coconut oil.
- Spoon into ice cube trays and freeze for 1 to 2 hours.
- Remove from ice cube trays and apply to bug bites.
I really liked this method for bug bites. It’s a clean and easy way to heal your bites and kids think its fun! I opted to use the food coloring so my little guy would be intrigued and it worked! Plus I thought it would look a lot better then just the plain white coloring. One tip that I do have for making these is to add a toothpick into the center. Place your tray into the freezer and about 5 to 10 minutes later come back and insert a toothpick.This will help when applying because the coconut oil will not go all over your hands. When you are done applying the oil to your skin simply place back into the ice cube tray and save for a later date! Do you have any helpful natural remedies of your own?