There's nothing worse than experiencing a bug bite that just won't quit. Whether you get bit by a spider or stung by a wasp, the affected area can quickly become itching and irritated. If you do not want to use conventional 'after-bite' medications, which are often full of chemicals, this is the perfect alternative.
Activated charcoal has long been used as an antidote, acting as the perfect insect bite remedy. It has the ability to 'pull' toxins from stings and bites.
With the additional of lavender essential oil, inflammation and itching will be reduced; aloe vera soothes and promotes healing; while coconut oil and Shea butter offer anti-bacterial and rejuvenating properties respectively.
By placing this balm in lip chap containers, you will have a soothing insect balm that can easily be kept in any backpack or purse — perfect for those unexpected 'itchy' situations.
Simply rub the balm on the affected area, allowing it to rub into the skin. Place a bandage over the bite and allow the balm to work its magic before rinsing off.
Here's What You'll Need To Make Our Activated Charcoal Insect Balm
Depending on the size of your batch, increments may vary. This example will make approximately two lip chap sticks and one small pot.
- 2 parts coconut oil (1 tbsp)
- 1 part Shea butter (½ tbsp)
- 5-7 drops of organic lavender essential oil
- 1 tsp activated charcoal
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
Here's What to Do
- In a double boiler, melt down coconut oil and Shea butter. Once fully melted, remove from heat.
- Add aloe vera gel, lavender essential oil, and activated charcoal — mix well.
- Carefully spoon the liquid into your containers. Allow to rest for 2-3 hours.
- Please note, during extremely hot days, it's best to keep this balm in a cool spot, ensuring that the mixture doesn't melt. Make a batch and keep sticks within your medicine cabinet for easy access or to grab when on-the-go.