In just a few minutes you can make this DIY Lavender Tea Tree Roll On Stick that is small enough to carry in your pocket, and effective enough to work on insects bites from mosquitoes and wasps, and for applying to summertime scrapes.
My grand daughter, Ivy and my son’s family were visiting in June, just when the mosquitoes started biting. We went to the lake to play in the water and then came home to a marshmallow roast, campfire. When the air got cooler, the mosquitoes came out in full force. “Where’s the magic sauce?” my daughter in law asked, “You know. For the mosquito bites.” Herbal remedies bring effective and immediate relief to bites and stings. This roller stick can be made in under 5 minutes and is so safe your child can use it on their own.
During the summer, you never know when you’re going to get bit or stung. You could purchase bug bite anti-itch creams but they are not at all convenient for carrying around and they can be filled with questionable ingredients that you would never put on your skin, let alone on an open wound.
This recipe for an easy roll on stick for bug bites and scrapes couldn’t be easier. We’re going to make a lavender and tea tree roller stick to apply to bites and scrapes, which will take away the itch and inflammation from bothersome skin abrasions. Lavender tea tree roller stick uses essential oils from herbs that are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It’s so safe that your child can use it themselves and control their pain without running to you for help every two minutes. Just having control can go a long way to managing pain and inflammation.
About Essential Oils
Essential oils are concentrated plant essences. They are different than infused oils because they contain only the volatile oil portion of the plant. When purchasing essential oils it’s best to choose certified organic essential oils. The name brand isn’t as important as organic certification. Because essential oils are so concentrated, any pesticides used on the plant will be concentrated in the essential oils. You don’t want pesticides in your medicine cabinet.
Essential oil concentration is important. Once you have your essential oils you want to dilute them as we do in this roller stick recipe. You don’t want to use the essential oil without diluting it first. Don’t just apply a drop of essential oil to the inside of your wrist for perfume. You can end up burning your skin. They are that concentrated.
For most applications, you will dilute your essential oils to 1% to 3% concentration. That’s 2 drops to 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. For perspective, the average 5 ml bottle of essential oil contains 100 drops of essential oil, so a small bottle of essential oil goes a long way. In this recipe, the olive oil is the carrier oil that dilutes the essential oil.
Adult and teenager dilution: This recipe has a 3% dilution of essential oil to carrier oil. This is the dilution of essential oil to use for acute issues over a small area such as a bug bite or a scrape for immediate relief.
For a child 5 and under: reduce the essential oils by half – using 5 drops total for this recipe,- so for a child 5 and under, I’d use 3 drops of lavender eo and just 2 drops of tea tree essential oil. Lavender essential oil is the gentler one in the mixture.
Children under 1 year of age: It’s best not to use essential oils on children under 1 year of age.
DIY Lavender Tea Tree Roll On Stick for Bug Bites and Scrapes
I use grape seed oil in this recipe because it’s readily available in most kitchens and it is quickly absorbed into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue. You could also use olive oil or sunflower oil without any change to the effectiveness of this remedy. Use the oil you have in your kitchen but please avoid canola oil or soy oil since these are genetically modified oils and will be contaminated with pesticides like glyphosate, that you don’t want on your skin or in a wound.
Time to make: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 x 10 ml bottle
- 5 drops lavender essential oil or sweet marjoram essential oil
- 4 drops Tea tree essential oil
- 2 teaspoons grape seed oil
- 1 10 ml glass bottle with a roller ball top
- Clean and sanitize a glass roller bottle. Make sure it is completely dry before using.
- Drop lavender and tea tree essential oils into the empty glass bottle.
- Fill the bottle with grape seed oil .
- Place the roller ball securely into the top of the bottle. Label and date.
Apply this roller ball directly to bites and stings for quick relief. This is safe enough for a child to apply on their own.
It goes without saying, but don’t use any herbal ingredients that you know you or your family are allergic to. For serious bites like poisonous spiders, ticks, etc. talk to your doctor before using this method. If the injury becomes infected talk to your doctor.
Build an Herbal First Aid Kit
In this post you’ve learned how to easily use essential oils for quick relief of bites and stings. You’ve also learned how to DIY a roller ball with essential oils. If you followed the recipe, you’ve now got the first part of an herbal first aid kit AND you’ve gained freedom from Big Pharma and the industrial medical establishment, by making your own effective, natural medicine. Don’t stop there.
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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nurse, or any official title. I’m a mom and a grandma who has been using herbs and making my own herbal preparations for 35+ years. This is offered for education and information only and is not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please do your own research.