An Effective Natural Remedy for Severe Mosquito Bites

Out of all the fears that moms may have for their children, I think one fear that all us moms go through is the thought of our child(ren) being hurt on drastic levels.

There’s nothing worse then hearing a blood curling scream come from your little one or seeing him temporarily disabled because of a mosquito bite. Yup, you heard me — temporarily disabled!

For some strange reason, Andrew is extremely sensitive to mosquito bites. Like, it teeter-totters between being really, really serious and just being over sensitive.  The first time I found out how bad Andrew reacted to mosquito bites we had just moved back to Florida (in the middle of July) and we were out doing something. That night, Andrew had been extra fussy and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on.

Yeah. The next morning, I was unpleasantly surprised with a baby in serious pain with a completely swollen leg. He must have had like 3-4 bites on his leg and HIS WHOLE LEG was swollen, tight and red. Andrew couldn’t walk on it and was in extreme discomfort for about 2 days. Then it turned into extreme blistering and oozing out clear liquid. From start to finish, the healing process lasted about 2 1/2 weeks. Because this was his first go-around with mosquito bites, he didn’t understand that he couldn’t itch them which, obviously, made the situation worse.

I tried to make every natural remedy out there to help relieve his bites but at that point, the only thing he would let me put on him for relief was fresh aloe leaf. Yes, I tried the banana peel thing. I also tried the baking soda paste, the apple cider vinegar and honey remedy. None worked.

Horrible, right? And of course, we live in a state that is basically infested with mosquitoes. What’s a natural mama to do in this kind of situation?

Sure, we could put natural bug lotion on him but it’s so hard to remember to put it on EVERY single time we went outside (by the way, I love this bug lotion). So, for the past 8 months, I have been constantly stressed about Andrew getting a mosquito bite and how it would affect him. Every time we go outside, I’m like a tiger after it’s prey. I constantly watch around his body, ready to jump on any mosquito that lands on his skin.

Skeeter Syndrome

There was no possible way a normal person would have such a serious reaction to a bite! The bite area swells so fast that literally in seconds it goes from non-existent to the size of a half dollar coin. Seriously. You just blink your eye and the mosquito bite is MASSIVE. Then comes the swelling and the pain. The bite area gets hard, warm to the touch and slightly discolored. Then the awful blistering and scabbing. It’s really the worst. Thankfully he’s learned to not scratch them, but still!

After too many horrible mosquito bite reactions, I began to research if he was allergic to mosquitoes. I needed an answer and I could not imagine living our lives like this! I came across this website that described a reaction similar to what Andrew has, as skeeter syndrome. His bites aren’t as severe as they mention but he certainly hits some of the symptoms a person with skeeter syndrome would have. The site also mentioned kids with weaker immune systems may be more prone to it. I consider Andrew a healthy child but I decided to buy a high quality probiotic to give to him (and us) to help build his gut health therefore, his immunity.

Then, a Miracle Happened

My really good friend Jessica (you may know her from Scratch Mommy. If you don’t, you MUST go to her site — she’s amazing) forwarded a photo of a Facebook post from another blogger that had put lavender essential oil on her daughter’s severe mosquito bite and within 15 minutes, the bite looked a million times better.

It was worth a shot. I was desperate for something to help him.

Sure enough, we were playing outside with no signs of mosquitoes and then all of a sudden, I saw them buzzing around. We quickly went inside but we weren’t quick enough. Those pesky, blood thirsty mosquitoes not only bit him once, but three times on his leg.

I quickly ran for my lavender essential oil, rubbed a few dabs on him and the results were astonishing. I seriously could not believe how amazingly well the lavender essential oil worked. At that moment, I felt like a HUGE weight was lifted off of my heart and shoulders. Finally something that helped my little booger butt.

A day after the bite and it’s hardly noticeable!

This is two days after being bitten by mosquitoes and applying lavender EO. Although the bites are large and red. there are no signs of blistering or swelling. Normally, the area would still be swollen and have blisters or clear liquid oozing out.

Naturally, I had to share with you. Sometimes I feel like it’s too good to be true to have found a remedy that is so effective but please believe me when I say, lavender essential oil ROCKS as an effective natural remedy for severe mosquito bites. I could not be more thankful! If you don’t already have lavender EO, you must get some to stock in your natural remedy arsenal — especially when it comes to combating moderate to severe bug bites.

Applying Lavender EO for Bug Bites

As soon as I notice that Andrew has been bitten, I grab my lavender EO and dab it on the bite area. The bite still swells but nothing in comparison to when no lavender EO is applied. I’ll add the lavender EO one more time that same day and then for the next following couple days, I dab some on once a day.

The results are truly amazing. The past few times I’ve used lavender EO as a remedy, there have been no blistering or scabbing which is almost unheard of with Andrew!

Brands of Lavender EO

I used to go with the grocery store oils but since then I have tried a variety of oils for practical use (like natural remedies) and emotional support and have found that Young Living oils are the bees knees. Nothing has compared to them and now that is the only brand that I use and recommend.

You can get started with your very own starter kit by clicking here.

***Update: Since writing this post, I have come up with a simple clay paste that helps Andrew’s mosquito bites tremendously. Click here for the clay paste recipe plus some tips for treating mosquito bites that I’ve learned over the years.



Mosquito Bite Tips + Treating Bites with a Clay Paste (Kid-Approved!)

DIY Healing Ointment (consistency similar to Neosporin)


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  1. We use essential oils all the time. My two youngest daughters have “Skeeter Syndrome” as well. My only concern with using lavendar oil on them is that it can act like estrogen in little children.

    1. This happened to my friend’s daughter. She was 8 and growing breasts. Once all the lavendar products were removed they went back to normal.

    2. YES!!! Be careful!!! Lavender essential oil SHOULD NOT be used on children because of the effects it has on children’s hormones. I have seen little boys develop breasts from lavender use (even diluted). Natural isn’t always better people! This is coming from a nurse in dermatology.

  2. This is such a great find! I have struggled with terrible reactions to mosquito bites my whole life. 🙁 Now that I have a little one, I’m so grateful to find something that might work for us both!!

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Marissa,
      I am so sorry you have been dealing with severe reactions as well. They really suck! It’s even worse when it happens on a young child who may not understand how to handle it. I really can’t say it enough how grateful I am to have found this remedy and that it actually WORKS. Good luck!

      1. I have pretty bad reactions to mosquitoes as well. I mix a couple of drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils with maybe just under half a teaspoon of betonite clay and apply it to the bites I end up with as soon as possible. Let it dry then rinse off. Once or twice a day depending on how ugly the bite for a few days really shortened a couple months of healing to a few days. Both E.O.s are wonderful, the addition of clay helps to draw out the toxin from the mosquito’s bite I’ve found.

      2. Thank you so much!!!! It was a blessing to find your page. My son is 9 1/2 years old and still suffers from mosquito bites. They form into painful swollen blisters. At first I thought he was over dramatic about the pain, then I thought he was scratching but over time it seemed like every bite would blister. I asked the doctor and they said it’s just something he has to live with but I knew in my heart there had to be another way, a natural way. After reading your experience with lavender oil I decided to give it a try and literally the next day I saw a difference. They weren’t as swollen as they usually get and so far, knock on wood, no blisters. I tried all those anti itch creams and none helped. He doesn’t feel the need to scratch either so mommy and son are happy and relieved.

    2. lavender oil full strength can sometimes be an irritating to sensitive skin. I mix mine 50/50 with some kind of oil. We use olive oil , works great!

  3. So glad you found the miracle cure! I LOVE essential oils- I am so glad I know about the greatness of lavender oil now!

    1. Thank you, so am I! I have a new founded respect for essential oils now.

  4. Thanks for the tip! My son is also allergic to bites! He also develops cellulitis as you described. I will definitely give the lavender a try. I also wanted to let you know of another remedy that works well and leaves barely any bump. Only thing is it has to be applied to the bite within a Half hour or sooner. Baking soda made into a paste with water. Dab it on and around the site, itching stops within minutes. It really works! I keep a bag of it in my purse, and we always have water with us. Thanks again for sharing, nice to know we are not alone!

    1. Thanks (back) for the tip on baking soda. I’ll have to try that out. A few months ago I tried the baking soda but it didn’t help me. I’d be willing to give it another go though. I wish your son didn’t have to go through that but it is nice knowing Andrew is not the only one.

  5. Just wanted you to know…..I had a daughter with these bad reactions (a ND/MD told me it is an adrenal gland weakness with fairskinned children or adrenal exhausted adults-?)..I found that an aloe plant leaf only worked to stop the swelling if if was a “mature” one — 3 inches wide..I could only find these at my Publix store occasionally and my plant wasn’t old enough to make leaves that large…i finally found this aloe gelly

    which i kept with me at all times because it would diminish a bite on her from nickel size (immediately at time of bite) to pin head size within the hour. You might mix a drop of lavendar in the gelly after trying it alone and see if it enhances the effect. I did that for burns since both were good for burns.

    1. Hey Angie.

      Thanks for the tip. I had no idea that only the mature aloe plants made a difference in healing. I’m currently working on adding probiotics to Andrew’s diet which I hope helps in overall health. Thank you for sharing!

  6. My kids have the same reactions to bug bites. I find that tea tree oil works wonders. We keep a small bottle of tea tree oil on our persons all the time.

    1. That’s good to know Amu. I have tea tree and may try that as well. Do you dilute it with a carrier oil?

      1. Had a wonderful weekend outdoors with the family. My great-nephew usually gets bitten often with what appears to be an allergic reaction. Knowing this I used a mix of Listerine, Witch Hazel (1 Cup of each) & Tea Tree Oil (2 tbsp) in a spray bottle (pulled off YouTube). I sprayed all the children from head to toe. Not one of them had one mosquito bite! Give this a try.

  7. You can also use lavendar essential oil as a bug repelent. Not as effective as deet, but far less toxic 😉

  8. I have my own following of mosquitoes and fleas for some reason (I’m thinking it’s because I’m diabetic). I apply Avon’s Skin So Soft every day when I go outside and it has worked for years, and smells good too. If I do get a mosquito bite I immediately apply a paste of water and meat tenderizer BEFORE I itch it and it goes away in less than an hour with no itchiness. I know it’s not a natural solution but you have to do what you have to do.

    1. Absolutely! I’m happy you have found a solution that works for you.

  9. I’m So glad to see this. My husband and children have that type of reaction as well. and I’m so glad to see you reference Learning Anout EOs instead of one of the MLMs!! We def need to educate ourselves about the safe use of EOs and not rely on these companies for our family’s safety!

    1. Yes, the lavender oil has definitely been a game changer for us regarding the reaction to mosquito bites. And actually, what’s interesting is now that I’ve started putting them on, the bites aren’t as terrible to begin with.

  10. As a woman with skeeter syndrome myself I have a few recommendations. First, avon skin so soft bath oil is a fantastic mosquito repellant. I usually have 15 bites (O+ blood) to my hubby’s 1 bite (AB-blood.). The first time I used the skin so soft, I had one bite and he had 3. I never forget it when showering (I use it afterword to retain moisture.) Prior to this discovery, I would use a stick deodorant to dry the itch. It was the most effective tool I found, and the travel size lives in my purse nicely. I opt for prevention now, but next time I get a skeeter bite I will try lavender oil.

    1. Interesting! I didn’t think that blood type would affect how mosquitoes bite but that does make sense when I think about it. Many of my family members recommend skin so soft and I’m happy to hear it has helped you. Def give lavender EO a try, it’s worth a shot, right?

    2. As far as I can tell, blood type has nothing to do with it. I am AB- and my husband is O+ and I am always a buffet for the pests while he may get one or two. I think they’ve started to find a real connection between sweet blooded and increase in chances for bites though. I am going to give this a go. My poor little girl has two bites that nearly match your description . Oddly though, she has not had this reaction before and only two of probably six or so (Missouri !!!!!) have done this. They got her on the bottom when I let her take off her diaper to splash in her little pool. She scratched the tar out of them before I realized what she was doing (the evidence was hidden by her clean diaper ) Any who, here’s to hoping!!

      1. Hey Julie. It’s so crazy what triggers these reactions and how all of sudden they come out of nowhere. I’ll be writing a new post on this soon but I’ve taken my son off of cow milk products (switched him to goat) per our holistic practitioners recommendation and I kid you not, he got a bite yesterday and it hardly swelled! I think the dairy was disrupting his immune system and now that he’s off of it, his body doesn’t react like it used to.

        You may want to consider doing an elimination diet and see if any food she’s eating is causing the reactions. Best of luck to you and I hope your little girl heals up soon!

    3. I’m in the same boat.. O blood type and get eaten alive within minutes of going out but hubby & daughter with other blood type can sit next to me and they won’t even land on them!! I’ve seen scientific studies that O blood type is definitely an attractant to mosquitoes​ so no I don’t go out without an EO REPELLENT ON!

  11. My daughter is like your son when it comes to mosquitoes. I have had to pump her full of antihistamines before as well as take antibiotics for the reactions she gets. I tried the lavender essential oil and her bite was completely gone in three days! I tried it on my son who has “normal” reactions and his 1/2″ diameter bite was gone when he checked it approx. four hours later. He said the itch stopped immediately after the oil was put on. WOW! Too bad I didn’t know about this years ago…… Thank you VERY much for posting! I am one happy mother of four. 🙂

    1. That’s amazing Tracey! I think when used properly and not overboard, essential oils are great for healing purposes. I was really hesitant to put Andrew on any over the counter and when I found out about lavender EO (and that it works), I was ecstatic. So happy to hear it works for your kiddos.

  12. Thanks for posting this! We are always looking for natural remedies for our family. May I make one recommendation? As a Licensed Massage Therapist with a certificate in Aromatherapy working towards becoming a Master Aromatherapist. ..please please please look at botanical names of your essential oils!! Case in point: Lavender. There are several oils labeled “lavender”. The most common is Lavandula angustifolia, which can be used safely on children and adults alike. But, Lavandula stoechas, (still plainly labeled Lavender) MUST NOT BE USED ON BABIES AND CHILDREN!!! There many oils that should not be used on children or animals. Please do your research. And when sharing info please include botanical name so there is no confusion. God bless

  13. That wasn’t supposed to come across as harsh or that you didn’t do research. Please forgive me. I meant it all in a loving way and it doesn’t read that way. I am passionate about safe use of essential oils! I was just trying to say please research any oils that you’re going to use because there are contraindications for almost every oil that we all should be aware of.

      1. Hi Lyn! Yes, Lavandula augustifolia can be used on a toddler. The Lavandula stoechas as Amy mentioned above, CAN NOT be used on toddlers.

  14. I can’t wait to try and i am so glad i found this page! I live in southeast asia and there are mosquitoes whole year round. My 3 year old girl is the one constantly been selected and bitten in the class. No other kids are bitten. She experiences severe swelling and pus from bites. I turned to repellent lotion which I applied to her exposed arms and legs and the mosquitoe bit her cheek 2 days ago! It was nerve wrecking!

    Hope this works for her too!

    1. Ugh! I SO know how nerve wrecking it is and I literally JUST dealt with the same scenario you did. I put bug repellant everywhere but his face and of course, he got bit in the cheek. Thankfully, I was able to quickly put lavender on there before it even started to swell up and now it just looks like a normal mosquito bite.

      Best of luck to you!

  15. Just learned of this syndrome today!!! 3 Yr old granddaughter suffering through it right now, sooo miserable for her! Applied tea tree oil after reading but will get the safe lavender oil asap! God bless you!

  16. I used to have the same reaction to mosquito bites when I was young, some 40 plus years ago. I would get terribly ill. Had to take some nasty medicine the doctor prescribed. Don’t recall it really helped much nor did any of the traditional home remedies like baking soda. Wish we had known about essential oils back then. Now I am never without my lavender, tea tree, or peppermint oils.

    1. Ugh, that sounds miserable. I tried the baking soda thing as well but that did not seem to help relieve Andrew at all. The lavender EO is the only thing that I have found to help immediately and effectively.

      1. Hi when you apply the oil do you dilute it? I want to try it ASAP! I’m having the same issue with my three year old. He’s supper healthy. He’s never sick but this has been excruciating for me to experience. I feel so bad for him. Please let me know how to apply it.

  17. I’m 41 and I still get reactions like this, though not all the time anymore thankfully. It seems some breeds of mozzies/sandflies/midgies are worse than others. I have a couple of shocking scars on my legs from bites 3 years ago. I will definitely give this a try, and pass it into a friend who has a similar problem.

    I was always in trouble for scratching when I was a kid, and I’m sure I scratched a lot. I am equally sure that some I never scratched and the blisters caused the scabs, because despite the excruciating itch I don’t scratch them now but the blisters can be so fragile that they burst from clothes, sheets, towels etc. and I still get the scabs.

    Fingers crossed this works for me!

    1. I totally know what you mean. I was so worried that his blisters would leave nasty scars all over his legs. He has some right now but I’m hoping with time they will go away. I’ve also noticed that there are certain breeds of mosquitoes that are worse then others. I just wish they were all the breeds that weren’t so bad.

      Please let me know if this helps you and good luck!

  18. Great tip to use lavender. I too suffer. One thing that should help is to not get bitten. If you ramp up the foods with vitiman B in them about 3-4 weeks before the season it will help prevent bites. A naturopathic friend of my moms told her this when we were kids and it helped in the northern MN summers.

    1. I’ve heard about the vitamin B thing and I will do a much better job next summer of adding lots of vitamin B to Andrew’s diet. Thank you for the reminder!

  19. My two daughters had the same problem (20 or so years ago), and someone advised me to use ammonia- saying it would neutralize the bite. You have to put it on quickly and they can’t have scratched the area too much before you put it on or it will sting (it doesn’t sting if you haven’t scratched). I know it is a chemical, and I don’t know about- haven’t looked into- the safety of using it. I just know that it worked for my girls, and it was so much better than having to go through the usual days of trouble. It also worked on a bad jellyfish sting one year at the beach. It stopped the stinging almost immediately. Also, I saw a comment about Vitamin B. All I know is that of the four of us (husband and two girls), the only one who never had problems with bug bites is me, and we found out years later that I’m the only one who doesn’t have trouble with Vitamin B levels. Bugs would go after them like they were a snack bar, but would not touch me. May be something there. Good luck with it! I know how hard it is.

  20. I just wanted to clarify which Lavender EO one should use because the link is for a Lavender EO ( Lavandula officinalis) not mentioned exactly by one of the botanical names in the comments. I do think it would be worth editing your post to include the botanical name as there is so much misinformation about EO currently due to MLM. 🙁

    Thank you for the great advice – I had used this technique though always diluted years ago but had forgotten how great it worked during the long time we didn’t need it!

  21. I’m scared this may also happen to my little siblings, Dengue and other mosquito bites is one of a problem here in our place. I gotta try these natural and simple remedy too, thanks! xx

  22. I definitely will have to try this next time! I tried already many things, like you also mentioned, but once again my little boy is on antibiotics since yesterday. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Oh no, I’m so sorry. I am definitely not a doctor so use this recommendation to your own caution. Just sharing what has worked for us and I hope it works for you as well!

  23. Thanks so much for this info. I love EO’s and am really just now getting into them and knowing what to do with what I have. My daughter will be 3 in Aug and since her second summer before she was one ( since she was a summer baby it was really her first summer to have exposer to the bugs) she has reacted so badly to them( we think she is allergic but no diagnosis). She just got her first bites one on each foot yesterday as we were coming in from the car. She swelled up RIGHT away and today the first one blistered and popped. They do that with her, I don’t know why. Usually it takes longer for them to pop though, not usually the next day. Hopefully this paste will be helpful for her.

    1. Oh yes, I know those symptoms all too well Chelsea. I would suggest also making sure you put a dab of lavender on the bite immediately after she gets bitten. This will help reduce the swelling tremendously. Even if it doesn’t seem like the bite is bothering her, I would still apply the clay paste later so the clay can work its magic and help remove the mosquito bite toxins. Sending lots of prayers your way that this helps. There is nothing worse than seeing your little one in pain because of a damn mosquito!

  24. I found your page last night. I’m mixing up some brown clay for some nasty misquoto bites I got right now. I didn’t read through all the comments so maybe someone else already mentioned this… I saw you used a metal spoon to mix your clay – you should always use non-metallic bowls and utensils with bentonite clay. The clay reacts with the metal somehow, I don’t remember the specifics of what it does. Thanks for the post!

  25. So happy to see this. I have 2 children that have the same reaction to mosquito bites. Mine have problems with their eyes swelling shut if they get a bite anywhere on their face. They can be fine and then suddenly it looks as though they have been hit in the eye. They have severe swelling that occurs to the extent that their eyelashes cannot be seen. Not fun at all. Lavender EO will be used next time. (Doctors here recommend Benedryl but that has never made any difference for them.)

  26. Hi Loriel
    Can a apply the Plant Therapy Lavender Oil as it is without diluting? You mentioned in your post that you apply LO immediately after you notice a bug bite. I was reading the instructions on the Plant therapy EO bottle and it says, DO NOT apply directly on skin and it needs to be diluted. Can you please confirm? When you are at a park or zoo or anywhere outdoors, we can carry an extra bottle EO but will not have a chance to dilute it right?

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have a 4 yo son and am learing a lot from your website. Great job 🙂

  27. I have this sensitivity to skeeters. Each time I am bitten my reaction gets a little worse. The skeeters in the South tend to be really nasty. My bites swelled, got hard, hot and red. I also had swelling of my tongue, my throat. The bites were on my eyebrow and I started to breathe with difficulty. In the ER I tried to give my information, but fainted. Those whose children have this sensitivity do watch your babes very carefully. This problem can progress to something worse than a sensitivity.

    I live in the West now. The skeeters aren’t nearly so evil. Even for that, I can’t go outside during the warm months of the year. I will try lavender oil, and if that doesn’t work I’ll try the tea tree oil. Maybe this will stop the move to an allergic reaction.

  28. Actually, lavender oil should never be used around young girls. It promotes the growth of male hormones. It can cause things like early growth of underarm hair and body odor, hair in private areas, etc.. This is what we learned from Dr. Berrin Ergun-Longmire, MD specialist in endrocronolgy. Lavender should not be used in candles, dryer sheets, sachets, or anywhere their are girls in the home.

  29. Thank you so much for this post!!!! I have the same issue. I get bi and within moments I swell so bad that the bite turns purple because it can not swell any more. My husband has absolutely no reaction to mosquito bites. I was praying that our children would be like him…no luck there. My 3 year old gets them as bad as I do. the worst part is that we live on a lake and they are so bad, even with spraying the yard all the time a week. I have TONS of EOs and will be trying the lavender this Spring and Summer. I also plan on planting a ton of mosquito repelling plants around the yard in our tree lines. I hope that helps too. Again, thank you so much.

  30. Thanks so much for this helpful information. We just moved to Florida and I had never had severe reactions to mosquito bites like I do here. I just got over a very bad reaction last week. Swelling and hot like your sons. I was afraid it was going to get infected. So one night I put tea tree and frankincense on it. It helped to take the heat out of it. Then the next day I put lemon oil on it and a few hours later the swelling was down. I have mixed up the paste and applied to my bite I just got a few minutes ago. Will see how this helps to fight the battle against them!

  31. I bought the kids and myself a little device, it has a battery and I hold the little red disc just above the bite, push the button, hold for 30 seconds and when I pulled it away it looked kinda white and left it! 15 minutes later looked again and nothing to be seen except a tiny wee dot! So small you could miss it! I get huge marks when I get bitten and loving gardening it is terrible! But this saved my itching at night, it being infected through constant scratching and when I tried it on the grandkids they loved it, no bother and it fixed the bites!

    1. What is this device called? I’m interested. I use EO on my children for almost everything but haven’t had the best luck with them responding to EO for insect bites! 🙁 I’d love to hear the name of the product you mentioned. Thank you.

  32. also another article on usage of herbs in a traumatic situation with a mixture that contains Plantain – I am sure things like this were at one time common knowledge but nowadays we look high and low for remedies that are oftentimes right in our surroundings. I have heard that for every noxious plant, the wise Creator placed a remedy within the same area. One example of this is Jewelweed
    which is a remedy for poison ivy.

  33. Loriel! Thank you for this article! My daughter is allergic to mosquito bites just like this! I HATE for her to be bitten, and then having to give her benadryl makes her sleepy and is far from natural to reduce the swelling, etc. My husband got some bites tonight, and I use doTERRA essential oils. I was hoping to see what others found success with for skeeter bites. I will pull out the bottle of lavender! Also, we started using TerraShield ( and it keeps them away in the first place! And, it’s safe for the whole family! I love my oils! 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!

  34. Hi loriel,

    I’m going to try your brown stuff clay paste on my 7 month old son. Lately he has been swelling blistering with bug bites. My issue is I’m trying to figure out the exact frankincense and lavander oils you use. When I select the highlighted names it shows that they are those but the labels look different. I want to make sure I try the exact same ones that you used for your brown stuff. Thank you and I’m excited to try this out for my little one.

  35. I was so happy to come across your sight. My 17 month old suffers from skeeter syndrome. It is only after taking to the internet after his last encounter with a mean mosquito that I figured out it was skeeter syndrome. I am ordering the lavender EO you recommended. My only question is, and I am sorry if it’s been asked numerous times, is do I need to dilute for a toddler? I didn’t read anywhere that you did, so I wasn’t sure. The brand and bottle you use says safe for kids when diluted.

  36. I would rather prevent the bite rather than try to heal it. Anything work to keep mosquitos away? Mosquitos carry terrible diseases.

  37. Cedar oil has g-r-e-a-t-l-y helped my mosquito bites. After I’m bitten, I swell a-lot & rapidly. There is immediate itch/pain relief upon application of cedar oil & within about 5 minutes the inflammation is almost gone. Within 30 minutes to an hour the bite is almost nonexistent. My sister was bitten by a red wasp & she applied cedar oil & within about an hour her bite was drastically better. Thanks & hope this helps!

  38. Hi
    What repellent would you recommend for a toddler (she’s 1 1/2) that has these reactions please?
    Many thanks

  39. I couldn’t thank you enough for this article. I am so worried about my son’s skin condition and is finding answers in the past half a year already.

  40. I have the same problem with bug bites. I use GSE Grapefruit Seed Extract, 10 drops with 2 tbsp. water. I read recently that peppermint essential oil is good for getting rid of spiders, mice, rats etc., so I added a drop of pure peppermint extract (didn’t have the oil) to above mixture. Not getting any new bites. The Grapefruit Seed Extract is good for alot of things, as you can drink it also. It’s a natural antibiotic. I add 10 drops to my conditioner every time I wash my hair, leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. I had something like a very heavy dandruff covering my scalp and lost a lot of my hair. Within a week, I had new growth.

  41. I just don’t know how to say thanks to you for writing such wonderful post, I am currently on the same situation with my son that he has got skeeter syndrome, I tried this and it helped a lot.
    Thank you,

  42. Hmmm as a licensed massage therapist I love essential oils. I was told eucalyptus essential oil helps better on big bites. You can fill a lil 4 oz spray bottle of water add 20 to 30 drops and shake. Spray as soon as you get mosquito bites. 😁

  43. It’s not natural, but I too have become increasingly allergic to those little almost invisible blood suckers who seem to zone in on me whenever I go outside in the summertime or exercise. What works for me is Benadryl anti-itch cream, Benadryl non-drowsy (for work) and drowsy (for nighttime), cold compresses and Aveeno baths. I put band-aids on the blisters and they seem to go down faster for some reason.

  44. I have severe reactions to any bug bite especially spider and mosquito bites. I actually cut a tomotoe in half and inside part to bite and wrap in gauze for few hours. The acid from the tomorrow sucks out all the junk from the bite selling and redness goes down.

  45. I have found that the very best thing for MOSQUITO BITES is …..
    drum roll ….
    Always keep many bottles of ascorbic acid … lemon juice …
    in your kitchen cabinet … I stumbled across this because of all the times I had heard that lemon juice was good for age spots.. of which I do not have … yet ..
    But .. also .. I live way out in the country and my land has a lot of poison ivy of which I am allergic to … and my last bout with it was going to be another big one and was starting to spread .. no matter how resistant I was to scratching.

    Out of pure desperation I searched my home for anything at all that might help and had remembered someone claiming that rubbing a piece of lemon skin over it would help stop the itch. I had huge areas that were about to go full blown and I pealed some lemons and took the skin and bandaged them over the areas that were clustered in large welts because of all the bumps. I would leave these bandages on for days and after several days I found that the areas … which I was not scratching because of the bandages and also .. because the lemon skin had taken away most of the itch … were healing up .. fairly quickly.

    I took this one step further when .. after the last bout with the poison ivy .. any time a welt would occur on my skin … I was paranoid of having another bout with poison ivy … I will immediately apply lemon juice .. straight out of the bottle to any bite or area that itches … and I have found that it always lessens the itch and the areas heal up much much much more quickly.
    I also even put lemon juice on cuts and skin abrasions of all types and have found that it seems to be a great asset to the healing process in all cases.
    The great thing is you can not over use it. It has no negative affect .. at least to my body chemistry … and it seems to also have a very positive affect in clearing up any infections that are seeming to be around an area.

    I actually had three bites on my leg that I noticed about two days ago and last night as I was going to bed, I turned on the light and noticed one bite was so large that the middle of it was actually pushing up a white center in a very large way and was looking very nasty and hurting and causing me great discomfort.
    I immediately went to my go to medication .. of which I actually keep a bottle next to my bed …and kept putting the lemon juice on all three areas until the itching stopped to the point where I felt I could go to sleep…. The size of the large one was very very disturbing … and painful at the start …..
    I woke up this morning and the bites have all shrunk down extremely since last night and the itching is gone and the areas are actually drying up.

  46. you should really try German Chamomile ( not Roman) also known as Blue Chamomile essential oil. it really blows lavender out of the water. you won’t believe your eyes. it is way more expensive than lavender though. but you should have it on have for serious poisons and bug bites. its truly a miracle.

  47. Take a potato, peel it, rinse it, then peel off a few slices. I put these slices into a coffee grinder or blender and the resulting puree into a little jar. Let that jar sit out until it begins to sweat potato juice (minutes). Then smoosh the stuff onto the bite and let it dry. You can wrap it with Seran wrap and/or bandage, if desired. Its polstice qualities will suck out mosquito venom. You can add other ingredients (calamine, lavender oil, etc.), but remember to put remaining potato makings into plastic bag and into fridge (and using it ice cold can be heavenly).
    In the meantime, pick up some Cedarcide Domestic Animal spray and spray your kids, your pets, your home, your garden without any toxic effects.

  48. Hi,

    I read your post on the skeeter syndrome and the brown stuff!
    We suffer here with some of my kids with the same!!
    I cant find young living insect repellant.

    I only see wipes.
    Is that what you use?

    Can you pls send pic or a link to the product?

    Thanks so much,

  49. Hi, I read your post o skeeter syndrome and the brown stuff. Such good information. I’m definitely using this info for next time she get bit. But what can we use/do if blister has already formed and popped? Her whole foot is swollen. Please help. Can we still apply LV oil?

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