Bug bite garden remedy

Poor Lilu was outside for ten minutes yesterday and got 15 mosquito bites up and down her tiny, chubby little baby legs. Benadryl works fine, but I hate to smear so much of it all over her twice a day.

As part of the story I’ve been working on off and on lately, I’ve been doing a lot of research into more gentle herbal remedies. I had everything I needed for a simple infused oil growing in the garden; why not just try it?

I gathered a basket of half and half comfrey and plantain leaves. If I’d had calendula blossoms I would have added them too; all three are supposedly very good for skin inflammation, rashes, but bites, etc.

I chopped the herbs into a chiffonade, as small as I could.

Then I stuffed them into a quart jar and filled it with oil. Most people recommend olive oil, but the only oil I had was very very high eating quality and I didn’t want to spend a quart of it. I just used some vegetable oil I had.

This jar will sit in a sunny window for 4-6 weeks, when I will strain out the herbs. At that point, the oil can be used straight, but for neatness’ sake I was thinking about making it into a salve by mixing it with beeswax.

We shall see!

2 Responses to “Bug bite garden remedy”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    Does it work as a preventative?

  2. Diana Guillermo Says:

    I have no idea! Maybe, if I put peppermint oil in it? Some citronella-lavender lotion would smell very nice though. :)

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