Homemade Bug Bite Relief Stick
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Recipe type: DIY
Serves: 4-5 tubes
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons herbal infused coconut oil (directions below) or regular coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastiles (like this)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4-5 empty chapstick tubes (like these)
Instructions
  1. To make Herbal Infused Coconut Oil:
  2. First off, it is a necessity your slow cooker have a 'warm' setting on it. Most cookers have a 'low' setting, but they are still too hot. We want to gently heat the herbs and oil, and if they become too hot, it will fry the herbs and leave you with an unpleasant result.
  3. If you don't have a slow cooker with a 'warm' setting, opt for another method of infusion instead, or just skip the herbs and use plain coconut oil.
  4. Fill a small canning jar (I used half-pint size) half-way full with dried herbs.
  5. My favorite herb options for this recipe are calendula, comfrey, chamomile, or plantain, as they all carry anti-itch or skin-soothing properties. I also prefer dried herbs, as they don't contain the moisture of fresh herbs, which reduces the possibility of spoilage in the final product.
  6. Melt the coconut oil, and pour it over the dried herbs until it covers them by at least several inches (more is fine, too). Place the lids on the jars.
  7. Place a towel in the bottom of your crockpot, place the jars on the towel. Add water to the crockpot until it comes about halfway up the sides of the jars.
  8. Set the slow cooker on the "warm" setting and allow it to sit for 12-24 hours. Strain the oil using a fine-mesh strainer, discard the herbs, and store the infused oil in a cool, dark place.
  9. To Make the Bug Bite Relief Sticks:
  10. Using a double boiler, slowly melt the coconut oil and beeswax.
  11. If you don't have a double boiler, simply use an oven-safe container to hold the wax/oil and place it in a small saucepan of water. An old tin can works great for this, especially since it can be tough to clean the beeswax off your kitchen utensils.
  12. It shouldn't take long to melt the beeswax, and I usually pull it off the oven as soon as it's melted all the way. No need to let it simmer or get too hot.
  13. Allow the beeswax/coconut oil mixture to cool slightly, then mix in the essential oils.
  14. Pour the mixture into empty chapstick tubes. If you don't have chapstick tubes handy, a small tin or ointment container will work just fine too.
  15. Allow the tubes to harden, label, and directly apply as needed to any annoying mosquito bites or insect bites you may be dealing with.
Recipe by The Prairie Homestead at http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/06/homemade-bug-bite-relief-stick.html