DIY Bug Bite Paste

DIY Bug Bite Paste

Hi friends! Now that it’s picnic and bonfire and sunsets-at-the-beach season, this recipe is necessary. There’s nothing worse than those mosquito bites that won’t stop itching and just keep getting bigger and bigger! I’ve always been prone to bad reactions to mosquito bites and some of them get scarily large for me. This simple recipe is something my mom has used ever since I can remember. She would make a paste out of baking soda and water to put on my bug bites that got super swollen. This paste sucks the poison out which helps with the itch and ultimately helps them heal faster. I’ve carried this trick with me into adulthood and find myself using it every summer.

Now that I use essential oils, I occasionally add a few to the recipe that are soothing to bug bites and itching. If you don't have essential oils, no worries! Baking soda + water works wonders alone. This can be used for mosquito bites, bee stings, etc! This is a great recipe to keep around this time of year just in case!


  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon of filtered water

  • 1-2 drops of bug-bite friendly essential oil (optional)

  • Lavender

  • Peppermint

  • Melaleuca

  • Frankincense


Mix the baking soda, water, and essential oils together in a bowl and apply generously to your bug bite. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.


The paste will harden and will then easily flake off. Rinse the bug bite and apply coconut oil to sooth, along with another drop of essential oil if extra relief is needed.

That’s it! Do this a couple times daily or as needed, until the swelling and itching goes down.

Let me know how this works out for you if you make it! I love seeing pictures of your creations using our recipes. Tag us @calicoandtwine or @girlincalico so we can see + share! Until next time!

With care,


Kaetlyn Kennedy