Raise your hand if you get as annoyed as I do about all the itches that come with summer.
I’m happy to say that I haven’t encountered any poison ivy (yet) this summer, but the state bird of Texas is the mosquito if that tells you anything. 😛
A few years ago, I started getting poison ivy a lot, thanks to my ivy-loving goats (they ate it like candy!), and I found the best way to deal with that was homemade itch relief spray.
However, I’ve learned something interesting about bug bites, and some other itches; they don’t itch much when they aren’t exposed to air. My theory is that it’s the air moving over them when you move that causes a little bit of irritation.
I should probably look that up, but for now, I’m going to go with it, because this theory was the catalyst for making this homemade itch stick.
See, like the spray, it contains antibacterial oils to help the support the skin against irritations, but unlike the spray, it also contains shea butter and beeswax, which when rubbed on your skin seal out the air and thus, the irritation.
This homemade itch stick has been a life saver for the kids random itches, to the point that my hollering “don’t take your shirt off out there, there’s mosquitos all over the place!” has started to fall on deaf ears.
I don’t know why they insist on nudism, but there it is. The heathens.
You’ll probably notice that this itch stick is basically homemade lip balm, but with a few essential oils that you probably wouldn’t want to have to taste. That’s the beauty of homemade skin care products, so many of the same core ingredients can be used to make a huge variety of remedies!
Homemade Itch Stick Recipe
- Over low heat, melt shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil together in a pan
- Stir in essential oils
- Pour into lip balm tubes, or any other suitable container with a tight lid.
- Let cool
- Use as needed to sooth irritated skin and bug bites.
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