The Best Essential Oil for Mosquito Bites…No More Danger!

Essential oil for mosquito bites

Aromatherapy essential oil for mosquito bites soothe the itch, prevent swelling and also repel mosquitoes and other parasites with their strong aroma.

The mosquito has been called the world’s most dangerous creature as it is known for transmitting deadly and lethal diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.

There are no known vaccines against these diseases, which makes it even more important for us to use reliable mosquito repellents. Conventional methods of repelling mosquitoes include the use of chemical insecticides and pesticide formulations. These products can be quite harmful to humans, especially to babies.

Essential oils for mosquito repellents provide a safe and holistic approach to deter these pests and help keep our families safe from these insects.

Symptoms of Mosquito Bites In Humans

mosquito biting finger

Mosquitoes bite humans in order to get a blood meal which helps them complete their life cycle. Both male and female mosquitoes insert their sharp mouthparts called antennae into the skin in order to suck the blood.

At the same time, to prevent the blood from coagulating, they also inject special enzymes into the skin through their saliva. These enzymes cause an allergic reaction in some sensitive humans and to counter this allergy, the body produces a histamine compound which causes swelling, itchiness and redness of the skin.

Over time, mosquito bites can turn itchier and may develop into pus filled oozing blisters that are harder to treat. Such blisters may even require antibiotics or steroid treatment to heal.

Conventional Treatment for Treating Mosquito Bite Symptoms

Conventional treatment for mosquito bites includes the use of antibiotic or steroidal (corticosteroid) creams.

It is very important to discontinue use of steroid-based creams after 2 days because they can get absorbed into the skin causing all kinds of problems.

This is the main reason why I recommend natural essential oils for mosquito bites treatment.

How Does Essential Oil For Mosquito Bites Work?

Essential oils for mosquitoes fall in two distinct categories: ones that repel mosquitoes and prevent their bites in the first place and a second category that soothes the bites and speeds up healing.

Repelling Mosquitos

No mosquitoes here

Essential oils for mosquito repellents have a strong fragrance which mosquitoes hate. Their aroma repels the mosquitoes so you need to diffuse these fragrant oils in your surroundings.

At the same time, the fragrant oils are completely safe for humans and you will not experience any unpleasant or adverse effects. You can also apply essential oils on your skin and that is completely safe as well.

However, it is important to dilute them using suitable carrier oils first. Another important point to note is that you need to re-apply essential oil for mosquito bites every 2 hours because their bug repellent effect tends to diminish as their aroma diminishes.

Treating Mosquito Bites

treat mosquito bite with essential oil

In case of mosquito bite symptoms like itchiness, swelling, pain and inflammation, essential oils soothe, heal and protect. Many oils have cicatrizing properties which means that they regenerate the skin cells and tissues to prevent blisters and scarring.

At the first indication of mosquito bite, you can apply the oils for mosquito bites to get quick relief from all the uncomfortable symptoms. Also, many oils are antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. These properties prevent secondary infections from mosquito bites and prevent complications.

If you are planning to go camping or hiking, carry the best essential oils for mosquito bites to treat them quickly. You can also use cotton balls soaked in mosquito repellent oils and place them around your camping site to repel not only mosquitoes but also ticks, fleas, chiggers, gnats, flies and other pests that bug us in woody areas.

Which Are The Best Essential Oils For Mosquito Bites?

To soothe mosquito bites, use the following essential oils...

Lavender Oil

lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil is anti-inflammatory and healing. It quickly heals the bites and brings down swelling.

Applied regularly on mosquito bites, you will get quick relief from pain, redness and oozing blisters.

basil essential oil

Basil essential oil is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic.

It can be diluted 50:50 with coconut oil and applied to mosquito bite welts to speed up healing.

Niaouli essential oil

Disinfectant and astringent, Niaouli oil can be used for treating all kinds of infections, stings and bites.

It is a valuable oil for cleaning wounds, cuts and bites and is suitable for sensitive skin as well. Niaouli oil also calms acne, pustules and blisters.

It is non toxic and non irritant and reduces appearance of scars.

Tea Tree Oil

tea tree essential oil

You should always keep a bottle of tea tree oil on hand as it is natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil.

Apply a bit of it diluted to the bites to soothe the pain, itchiness and irritation and also prevent secondary infections.

You can use any of the above oil diluted on the welts and bite marks. Repeat application 2-3 times a day. You can also add the oils to bathwater to soothe the skin ravaged by mosquitoes.

I also recommend using the oils as a compress. Simply mix them with some warm or cold water, soak a clean flannel cloth in the mixture and apply to the bitten area.

Best Essential Oils for Mosquito Repellent

Use the following oils for mosquito bites prevention and repel all kinds of bugs...

Citronella Oil

Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella oil is a strongly fragrant oil that repels all kinds of bugs like ticks, fleas, chiggers, flies and gnats.

Diffuse this oil when you are having a picnic or camping outdoors.

You can also make a spray by mixing it with some water and spraying around your campsite.

lemon grass essential oil

It is easy to make homemade mosquito repellent using Lemongrass oil.

Mix the oil up with a suitable carrier and apply all over your exposed body parts to prevent mosquito bites.

peppermint essential oil

The strong minty aroma of peppermint essential oil repels all kinds of bugs, especially mosquitoes.

Apply the oil on your skin every two hours for mosquito repellent action.

eucalyptus essential oil

Diffuse eucalyptus oil in your home or around your campsite and mosquitoes, gnats and flies will stay away from you.

Avoid using this remedy in babies’ rooms as the oil can cause respiratory problems in infants.

Other Essential Oils For Mosquito Control...

Other noteworthy oils that repel bugs, especially mosquitoes, are Thyme, Rose Geranium, Lemon, Lemon Eucalyptus, Clove, Sage and Rosemary.

Here are my favorite essential oil for mosquito bites blends and recipes...

Essential Oil Recipes for Mosquito Bites

essential oils blends for mosquito bites

Neat Treatment

  • 1-2 drops of Lavender or Tea tree essential oil

Using a clean cotton ball or sterile Q tip, apply the oil on the swollen skin. Repeat application as needed.

Mosquito Bite Healing Paste

  • 1 tbsp Bentonite clay
  • 2 tbsp fresh filtered or mineral water
  • 1 tsp Calendula or Jojoba or Sweet Almond carrier oil
  • 12 drops Lavender oil
  • 5 drops Chamomile oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply it to the bitten areas of the skin. Once the paste dries off, scrub it off and reapply if the pain and itchiness persists. This paste will speed up the healing process and prevent scars.

You can make a large batch of it and store the excess (in a glass jar) in the refrigerator.

Bug Repellent Spray

Next time you go camping or are bugged with mosquitoes in your home, use this all natural essential oil spray instead of using the commercial chemical ones:

  • 25 drops of Lemongrass, Rose Geranium, Lemon Eucalyptus and/or Citronella essential oils.
  • ¼ cup water or Vodka

Mix the oils with the water/alcohol. Spray all over the room. You can also spray all over your clothes and body when outdoors. Shake well before use. 

(You can also use an essential oil diffuser to get the same repellent vodka needed)

UV Protection Plus Bug Repellent Coconut Cream

This is a 2-in-1 formula which is the best recipe for camping or hiking as it gives minimal UV protection and also repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and flies.

  • 10-25 drops of essential oil for mosquito repellent (use Lemongrass/Lavender/ Chamomile/Rose Geranium etc)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil at room temperature.

Mix the oils with the coconut oil. Store the mixture in a glass container. Next time you go out, rub a small quantity all over the exposed areas of the skin.

Reapply every 2-3 hours for lasting repellent action.


For repelling mosquitoes, you can always use chemical sprays and creams but why put toxins on your body when essential oils for mosquitoes provide the same effects?

So stop spraying your family with chemicals- use all natural essential oils like Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella and/or Lemon Eucalyptus and keep everyone safe from mosquito-borne diseases!

About the author

Jill Holiday

Jill Holiday is publisher of Pure Wild OIls, an e-magazine devoted to articles about the benefits of essential oils and related product reviews.


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