Anti-Itch Cream {made with essential oil}

It’s summer in the Midwest, and that means bugs.

Mosquitoes, flies, gnats, ants, spiders, and more.  Bugs, bugs, and more bugs.


Bug sprays, diffuser blends, bug-repellant candles, and other essential oil DIYs do a great job of keeping most of the bugs away.

But sometimes when we’re swimming at the neighborhood pool, out running errands, or having dinner at a restaurant al fresco, the bugs get me.  Might just be one bite or sometimes it’s a whole slew of bites.  But boy, do they itch.  I’ve never been good at ignoring the itch.  


That’s why I’ve spent so much time researching and testing out various natural anti-itch treatments.  I need something that really works.  It’s has to truly stop the itch otherwise I will scratch and be very uncomfortable.

It has to work.

I’m excited to say that this essential oil anti-itch cream does work.

It soothes and calms inflamed skin, quickly stopping the itching from bug bites, stings, rashes, and other skin irritations.


Looking for other natural anti-itch treatments? 

Try my oatmeal bath soak, anti-itch stickhealing salve (I use for eczema flareups), or roller bottle blend.



anti-itch cream with essential oils -- and jar of the cream



What’s in my anti-itch cream

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coconut oilSoothes, moisturizes, and forms a protective barrier over skin

tamanu oil – a Southeast Asia and Polynesian natural healing remedy, tamanu oil is said to promote new skin tissue which helps to speed up the natural healing process of itchy skin and rashes.  It also reportedly has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

beeswax – Beeswax has lots of great natural benefits for skin — calms and soothes skin, reduces temporary itching, creates a waxy barrier that protects skin from toxins in environment as it heals, and solidifies the other ingredients so that they can be used in stick form

calendula flower powder (optional)- soothes and calms irritated skin

colloidal oatmeal (optional)- according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “itchy, dry skin often has a high ph level, but oatmeal can help normalize your skin’s ph, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin.”

essential oils:

lavender (lavandula angustifolia) – soothes occasional skin irritations

peppermint (mentha piperita) – helps ease itching and gently cools

frankincense (boswellia carterii) – supports healthy skin

tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) – great for reducing itching, inflammation, and irritation

lemon (citrus limon) – cleanses and purifies



best essential oil for anti itch -- lavender, peppermint, frankincense, tea tree, lemon



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How to make anti-itch cream


step 1:  Add 2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets to a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup


beeswax being added to heat-safe measuring cup



step 2:  melt beeswax

to melt beeswax, put the heat-safe glass bowl/measuring cup into a pot of simmering water.  Melt beeswax over medium heat.  Stir occasionally.  It will take about 15 minutes to melt beeswax.

Make sure beeswax is completely melted, otherwise the beeswax might partially re-solidify, making the anti-itch cream grainy.


beeswax melting



step 3:  Add 1/4 cup coconut oil to the melted beeswax


coconut oil being added to melted beeswax



step 4:  remove melted beeswax and coconut oil from heat and add 1/4 cup tamanu oil


tamanu oil being added to melted beeswax and coconut oil



step 5:  once completely melted, remove the beeswax and oil mixture from the heat.  Allow it to cool for about 1 minute.

Then add the following essential oils and stir well


40 drops lavender (lavandula angustifolia)

25 drops peppermint (mentha piperita)

25 drops frankincense (boswellia carterii)

15 drops tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)

15 drops lemon (citrus limon)


essential oil being added to melted beeswax and oils



step 6 (optional but recommended):  add 1 tablespoon of calendula flower powder and 1 tablespoon colloidal oatmeal


calendula flower powder being added to melted anti-itch mixture

adding colloidal oatmeal to melted beeswax and oils



step 7:  pour the mixture into containers

tip:  Glass, metal, plastic #1 PET & plastic #2 HDPE jars are all safe for diluted essential oil blends like this.


pouring anti-itch mixture into jar



Step 8:  clean up

Beeswax is to hard to clean with just soap & water.  So before it hardens, use paper towels to wipe out the glass bowl/measuring cup and any utensils you used to stir the mixture.  Then once you’ve wiped off as much as you can, wash as usual with soap and water.


using paper towel to wipe beeswax mixture out of measuring cup


step 9:  cool completely

Allow the anti-itch cream to cool and solidify completely before putting the lid on (this might take a few hours to harden all the way through).

tip:  You can put it in the refrigerator to speed this step up.


anti-itch home remedy cooling in tin



step 10 (optional):  If you use a tin container like I did, then you can decorate the lid with a little scrapbook paper and Modge Podge.

  • cut out scrapbook paper to fit the lid
  • use a foam brush to apply a little Modge Podge to the top of the lid (this acts as the glue)
  • put paper on lid, and starting from the center, use your finger to press down and smooth out any bubbles
  • then cover the top of the paper with a little more Modge Podge to seal the paper
  • let it dry


homemade anti-itch cream in jar



How to use

  • use a clean spoon or small scoop to get cream out of jar
  • apply small amount to itchy skin
  • gently rub in — be careful not to spread it beyond itchy skin if rash or contagious
  • wash hands after use
  • apply more as needed



some of the supplies used to make homemade anti-itch cream- coconut oil, beeswax, essential oil


Where to get supplies?

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coconut oil (find my favorite here)

tamanu oil (I get it here)

beeswax (I get mine here)

calendula flower powder (optional)

colloidal oatmeal (optional)

4 oz tin jars (buy here)  OR adorable 2 oz glass mason jars (buy here)

wooden sticks for stirring (find them here)

heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl (like these)

optional for decoration: Modge Podge (buy here) and scrapbook paper (buy here)

free printable of recipe

free printable of DIY anti-itch cream recipe



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