Natural Bug Bite Itch Relief ~ Calamine Alternative

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Bug Bite Itch Relief ~ Calamine Alternative

This is a simple recipe to quickly relieve the itchiness of big bites. {It looks gross, but it works!}

What You’ll Need

  • 1tsp Basil – either fresh or dried or 10 drops of basil oil
  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda (bentonite clay would work better here)
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt.
  • 10 drops Peppermint oil
  • 5 drops Tea tree oil
  • A few drops of Distilled water or if you can use Witch Hazel instead, as it will make the mixture last longer.
  • A mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder
  • A airtight container to keep your mixture in

Basil has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce swelling while peppermint is soothing and cooling to the skin. Tea tree is antiseptic and will prevent the bite from getting infected as well as help with the healing process.

Aloe always works wonders as well.


  • Crush your herbs into a fine powder using your mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.
  • Mix dry ingredients together first. (Herbs, Salt, Clay or Baking Soda.)
  • Add in your peppermint and tea tree oils
  • Mix together well (I use a chop stick for this)

It should now look like this:

Slowly and carefully add a few drops of water or witch hazel, mixing constantly until the mixture forms a thick paste.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for extra soothing / cooling effects.

Let me know how this works for you!

Here is a SUPER list of 15 Home Remedies for Bug Bites & Stings! 

I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for all of your herbal healing needs!

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What is your best recipe or trick for relieving big bite itchiness?

Happy Healing!

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Briar Rose

Briar Rose - Canadian Mama to two beautiful boys, blessed wife to the most supportive husband, Positive Parenting, Natural Family Wellness & Motherhood. Saved by Grace, Lover of all things old. Antiques, Old Books and Old Homes. History and Ancestry. Refinishing or Restoring Furniture, Creating Rustic Designs, Ornate Antique, Primitive Decorating. Learning to bake, sharing on Old Recipe Book. Taking a break from Blogging @ Briar Rose Blog, The Herbal Healing Mama, & Rustic Reclaimed Designs. - Profile photo: Reflections of Life Photography.

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