6 Camping Essential Oils That Soothe Bug Bites, Cool You Down, And Help You To Stay Energized And More

Packing your bags for camping trip? Did you pack the essentials, what about the oils?

Essential oils have many benefits:

This is a basic list of my favorite essential oils to keep on hand on a camping trip or just handy in your first aid kit.

1. Helichrysum

Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent. Speeds healing of bruises, burns, and minor wounds; alleviates muscle aches and pains; soothes sprains; slows/stops minor bleeding; reduces fevers; calms nerves.

2. Chamomile

Analgesic, anesthetic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic. Soothes itchy skin; relieves headaches and migraines.

3. Citronella

Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, insecticide. Repels insects; relieves muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, and migraines; alleviates cold and flu symptoms.

4. Peppermint

Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, antiviral, digestive.

Soothes aches, pains, and itchy skin; eases headaches; relieves nausea and upset stomach; combats viral and fungal infections; provides cooling sensation.

5. Tea Tree

Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, insecticide. Relieves colds and sinusitis; alleviates and disinfects skin irritations like cuts, scrapes, and bug bites.

6. Lavender

Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic.

Soothes bruises, burns, cuts, and scrapes; relieves itchiness from bee stings; treats allergies and asthma; eases headaches; combats mild bacterial and fungal infections; repels insects; soothes insomnia.

First Aid Recipes

Below is a list of some easy ways to use these essential oils in preparing a first aid kit before your camping trip. Some of the recipes include additional ingredients or supplies, so I’ve linked to where you can purchase those items below as well. Most of the recipes include a carrier oil; examples of carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, etc.

Bumps and Bruises Salve

If you’ve bumped yourself and see a bruise developing, this salve can help soothe the pain and diminish the bruise’s appearance.


– 16 drops lavender

– 16 drops helichrysum

– 4 oz carrier oil


Blend the essential oils. Add the oil blend to the carrier oil, and apply to the bruise once or twice a day.

Natural Sunscreen

This simple sunscreen helps protect and moisturize the skin. For fairer skin, use more essential oils; for darker skin. use less.


– 10-20 drops essential oil (I use lavender and helichrysum)

– 2 ounce carrier oil (coconut oil works as a great carrier oil)


Mix the oils together and store in a glass bottle or jar. Apply often and after swimming, exercise. etc.

Soothing Sunburn Salve

If you do get a sunburn, apply this soothing salve for instant, cooling relief.


– 40 drops essential oil (I use lavender, chamomile, and peppermint)

– 4 teaspoons carrier oil (avocado oil is great to use)

– 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel


Blend the essential oils, then add to the carrier oil. Add the oil blend to the aloe vera gel. Apply generously to the affected areas. If making larger batches, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Insect Repellant

To repel insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies, and fleas, apply this natural insect repellant as described below. You can use any combination of oils, as long as it stays within about 50 drops of oils. Other great oils for repelling insects include cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and rosemary.


– 50-60 drops essential oil (I use citronella, tea tree, and lavender)

– 4-5 tablespoons carrier oil


Blend the essential oils, then add to the carrier oil in a dark glass bottle or jar. Rub the oils on skin by dabbing it on your wrists, behind your ears, inside your elbows, behind your knees, and around your ankles. Reapply after an hour or after swimming, exercise, etc. You can try adding some aloe vera gel to change the consistency of the oil and make it more spreadable.

*You can also make this into a spray by substituting the carrier oil with either witch hazel or alcohol. Mix the essential oils with the witch hazel or alcohol and add to an 4 oz glass spray bottle. Then top off with distilled water. Shake well before use.

Bug Bite Salve

If you do get bit, apply this simple salve to the bite to help stop the itch, stop the venom, and reduce the chance of infection. You can use both oils or just one of them, just make sure the total ratio of essential oils to carrier oil is 50:50.


– 2 teaspoon essential oil (I use a mix of lavender and tea tree)

– 2 teaspoon carrier oil


Blend essential oils and mix with carrier oil. Add oil mixture to a roller bottle (my favorite choice!) or squeeze-top bottle. Apply very sparingly to bug bites for fast relief.

*Both lavender and tea tree oil can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin, so if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to mix up this recipe. you can apply a drop or two of either (or both) oil to help stop the itch. Use caution, as some people may be sensitive or experience irritation when using oils neat.

Other Remedies:

Nausea and Indigestion: Drip 6 drops peppermint oil onto a wash cloth. Hold it under your nose, and breathe slowly and deeply for 1-3 minutes. The menthol in peppermint oil improves circulation and stops nausea quickly.

Overheating: Apply diluted peppermint oil to the back of neck or soles of feet for fast, cooling relief. This is also great to do before hiking or long treks to keep the feet cool and comfortable.

Minor Burns: Apply 3-4 drops lavender oil directly on the site and gently spread over the affected area. This also works great for bee stings.

Headache: Apply diluted peppermint oil to the temples, brow line, and back of neck for quick relief.






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