Common bites or stings from bees, wasps, mosquitoes, fleas, horse flies, chiggers,
ticks, and non-toxic spiders exhibit redness and swelling at the affected area and are
most accompanied by itching. Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has natural anti-
inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic (pain relieving) properties that make it an ideal
choice for the treatment of common bites and stings. Lavender oil is also antipruritic,
meaning that it minimizes itchiness and helps to reduce inflammation.
Most common bug bites from insects and spiders cause mild to moderate discomfort,
redness, itching and/or swelling and can be treated fairly easily. There are, however, bites
from more dangerous insects and spiders, (such as the black widow, brown recluse, ticks
and scorpions) that can be much more serious and demand medical attention at the onset of
For non-toxic bites, apply lavender oil as soon as possible.
Gently clean affected area and let air-dry.
Apply 1-3 drops directly onto affected area. Repeat up to five times per day, or as needed to
For children or those with sensitive skin, dilute 3-5 drops in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil
(such as jojoba or coconut oil) and apply a small amount to affected area every hour, or as
often as needed.
A 50:50 mixture of lavender oil and carrier oil can also be applied directly onto the skin.
Add 10 drops of lavender oil to one cup of very warm (almost hot) water. Saturate a
washcloth and apply as a compress to the affected area. Repeat as necessary to soothe and
Avoid scratching as much as possible to minimize chance of infection.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.