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Homemade Anti-Itch Cream For Natural Bug Bite Relief

How to make homemade natural anti-itch cream for bug bite relief. This recipe uses baking soda and bentonite clay to stop itching from insect bites and promote healing.

a jar of homemade anti-itch cream with essential oils behind it

Living in on the Kansas prairie, we get all kinds of bugs coming after the kids all Summer long. We quickly learned how important it is to protect against insect bites just about every time we step outside!

Have you tried my homemade sunscreen recipe yet?

Using our homemade bug spray is the surest way not to get bit, but we forget to use it more often than we should. So I have to have a remedy for the bites that are going to inevitably happen.

This anti-itch cream not only relieves the itch from those nasty chigar and mosquito bites, but also helps the spots to heal faster by drawing any poison the bugs might have left behind!

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Why You’ll Like This Recipe For Homemade Anti Itch Cream

all natural

This recipe is made from only 6 non-toxic ingredients. Baking Soda, bentonite clay, coconut oil, shea butter, 100% pure beeswax and pure essential oils.

easy to make

It takes 15 minutes total to make a batch of your own anti-itch cream that should last your family all Summer! It’s as easy as melting the ingredients together, adding the bentonite clay, baking soda and essential oils and pouring the mixture into a jar for storage.

homemade anti-itch cream being rubbed onto a bug bite

really works!

The essential oils in this recipe help soothe skin irritation from bug bites and can bring down swelling around each bite.

Baking soda and bentonite clay draw out any poisons or toxins the bugs may have left behind helping bites heal faster.

The other ingredients are known for their anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties helping to promote healing.

What You’ll Need To Make Homemade Anti Itch Cream

ingredients

  • coconut oilcoconut oil is healing and anti-inflammatory making it a beneficial in soothing an itchy rash.
  • shea butterunrefined shea butter (can be substituted with cocoa butter) is rich in fatty acids and vitamina A, E and F. Shea butter soothes itchiness and promotes healing.
  • beeswax pellets – known for it’s anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, beeswax is an amazing ingredient to use in homemade skincare!
  • baking soda – baking soda neutralizes the PH level of your skin promoting healing.
  • bentonite claybentonite clay is extremely effective at drawing poison out of mosquito bites, while adding minerals into the skin, helping it to heal.
  • essential oils – certain essential oils help to soothe itchiness and reduce inflammation. More on my favorite oils to use in anti-itch cream later in this post.

supplies

  • double boiler – or a heat safe bowl over a saucepan with a little water in it.
  • jar – this recipe makes 4 ounces, so it’s best to store it in a small lidded glass jar.

FAQ About Homemade Anti Itch Cream

how do you stop bug bites from itching naturally?

There are several natural home remedies to get relief from bug bites:

  • apply an ice pack
  • take a colloidal oatmeal bath
  • rub the bites with apple cider vinegar diluted with water in a 1:1 ratio
  • dissolve a cup of baking soda in your warm bath
  • make a bentonite clay and water paste to dab on the affected area
  • use a homemade anti-itch cream with essential oils
  • save used green tea bags in the fridge to use as a compress for bug bites

does baking soda stop itching?

Baking soda is a great natural home remedy for itchy bug bites because it balances the PH level of the skin, helping sores to heal. Baking soda also dries out the bites, drawing any poison and puss out.

how do you use bentonite clay for bug bites?

Make a paste of bentonite clay and water in equal amounts. Apply a small amount to each bug bite and let it dry on the skin for 15 minutes.

Bentonite clay will draw any poisons and toxins out of the bug bites, helping them to heal faster.

a tablespoon of bentonite clay being added to a bowl of melted oils to make anti-itch cream

what essential oils are good for itching?

These essential oils can help keep bug bites from itching. Make sure to dilute them with a carrier oil before rubbing on your skin.

  • lavender oil
  • tea tree oil
  • peppermint oil
  • chamomile oil
  • lemon or lemongrass oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • rosemary oil
lavender essential oil being added to a bowl of anti-itch cream

how can you prevent bug bites?

The best way to avoid having to deal with itchy bug bites is to protect yourself from getting bit in the first place:

  • wear long sleeves and pants with socks
  • use a natural bug spray before going outside
  • avoid sitting in the grass
  • stay away from standing water

How To Make Homemade Anti Itch Cream

Combine – In a double boiler (or heat safe bowl over a saucepan with a little water in it), melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax until there are no solid bits left.

Add Essential Oils – Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding the bentonite clay, baking soda and essential oils to it. Stir completely.

Store – Pour the mixture into a small jar. Let it harden and seal with a lid.

Tips For Success

To Use – Apply a small amount of anti-itch cream to itchy areas. Let sit for at least 15 minutes. Wipe the cream off.

To Store – Homemade anti-itch cream should be stored in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place for up to a year. The essential oils will lose effectiveness over time, especially if they are exposed to light or heat.

Substitutions – Cocoa butter can be used in place of shea butter.

Olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil can be used instead of coconut oil.

Variations – Pour the melted mixture into lip balm tubes or an empty deodorant container for an anti-itch stick.

Disclaimer! Do not apply homemade anti-itch cream to open wounds and be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you experience further irritation or an allergic reaction.

a jar of homemade anti-itch cream on a checkered yellow towel with a wooden spoon next to it

More Homemade Ideas For Summertime:

If you liked this post, I think you’ll really enjoy these other DIY ideas for Summer on the blog!

I hope you love this recipe for homemade anti-itch cream with baking soda! If you make it, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like it!

a jar of homemade anti-itch cream

Homemade Anti-Itch Cream

Yield: 4 ounces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

How to make homemade natural anti-itch cream for bug bite relief. This recipe uses baking soda and bentonite clay to stop itching from insect bites and promote healing.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 Tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon bentonite clay
  • 30 drops essential oils

Instructions

    1. In a double boiler (or heat safe bowl over a saucepan with a little water in it), melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax until there are no solid bits left.
    2. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding the bentonite clay, baking soda and essential oils to it. Stir completely.
    3. Pour the mixture into a jar and let it cool.

    Notes

    To Use - Apply a small amount of anti-itch cream to itchy areas. Let sit for at least 15 minutes. Wipe the cream off.

    To Store - Homemade anti-itch cream should be stored in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place for up to a year. The essential oils will lose effectiveness over time, especially if they are exposed to light or heat.

    Substitutions - Cocoa butter can be used in place of shea butter.

    Olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil can be used instead of coconut oil.

    Variations - Pour the melted mixture into lip balm tubes or an empty deodorant container for an anti-itch stick.

    Disclaimer! Do not apply homemade anti-itch cream to open wounds and be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you experience further irritation or an allergic reaction.

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