DIY Bug Bite Itchy Sticks {kid friendly!}

These easy DIY bug bite sticks relieve the itchiness of pesky bug bites and are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts on the go!

These easy DIY bug bite sticks relieve the itchiness of pesky bug bites and are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts on the go!

There are several herb or flower choices you could use in these, including:

  • lavender flowers
  • lavender leaves
  • calendula flowers
  • plantain leaves
  • violet leaves

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil (or your favorite oil type)
  • 1/4 cup dried herbal leaves or flowers, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp tightly packed beeswax (about 9 g by weight)
  • few drops of lavender essential oil

Directions to make bug bite sticks:

  1. Place the dried flowers or herbs in a glass canning jar.
  2. Pour the oil over the herbs and stir a few times to release air bubbles.
  3. To infuse the slow way, cover with a lid and allow to infuse for at least 3 to 4 weeks before straining.
  4. To infuse the fast way, set the uncovered jar in a small saucepan containing a few inches of water. Heat over a low burner for about 2 hours. Strain.
  5. In a heatproof jar or container, combine 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of the infused oil with the beeswax.
  6. Set the jar into a saucepan with a few inches of water in it, forming a makeshift double boiler.
  7. Heat over medium-low heat until the beeswax is completely melted.
  8. Remove from heat, stir in the lavender essential oil, and pour into lip balm tubes.

Depending on the weather and how you measured your beeswax, you may find the consistency is too soft or too firm for your tastes. If that happens, just melt everything down and add more beeswax for a firmer product, or more oil for a softer texture.

To use bug bite sticks, dab on bee stings, bug bites, or other itchy spots as needed.


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Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • anne-marie says:

    Can’t live without these for the summer. Such great gifts too =)

    • Jan says:

      Yes! I’m making a bunch up for my kids and their cousins – lots of camping and road tripping ahead this summer. They’ll be well used! :)

  • Conner McCloud says:

    Hi There! I use Plantain weed leaves, they are everywhere lol. My husband went on A motorcycle ride for A family in need. He was gone all day, came home arms neck looking like A lobster. <men never listen, no sunscreen of course. I used the salve on the burn, he thought it was it was the greatest thing. The pain stopped, 3 days now with it.
    Thank you for posting your recipe. I hope to get the other oils one day.

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