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DIY Beeswax Bug Bite Stick

Do you love being outdoors during Spring and Summer?  Does it seem that every mosquito and biting insect in flying distance wants to make your acquaintance?  If so, it is time to consider making some homemade anti-itch bug bite sticks. And, you can do it with ease using a little beeswax and some oils.

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Make Your Own Bug Bite Stick With Beeswax

Being outside is good for your health and your soul.  I especially love the evenings of Spring and Summer when the day is almost done. 

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Shadows are gathering in the woods-but the sky is still light.  And, yes, every mosquito in the neighborhood likes that time of day too.

There are many commercial products that help keep biting insects away.  But, they don’t always work. When those options fail and you need something soothing, you will be glad to have an insect bite stick in your pocket.

You only need a small amount but it needs to be easy to carry. Why not make your own natural bite stick with beeswax? It will not completely take away the problem. But, it will give some relief to your skin.

Why Use Beeswax for Skin Care

Natural products have so much goodness to offer. A popular ingredient in many recipes is natural wax made by honey bees. Worker bees have special glands on the underside of their abdomen that produce wax.

Beeswax acts as a humectant (it attracts water) and it forms a protective layer on your skin.  These properties make it a great soother for any skin irritations. You can even use products with beeswax for hair care.

After the honey harvest, beekeepers have some extra wax left over.  This valuable hive product can be turned into many projects-from lip balm to beeswax furniture polish and more!

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Preparing Beeswax for Use in Projects

Homemade balm recipes like this do not require a lot of ingredients. Beeswax is available to purchase in pastilles that are already cleaned and very easy to measure and melt. 

However, you may be lucky enough to have your own beehives or know a local beekeeper from whom you can purchase raw wax.

This is a great way to obtain pure wax but it is not ready to use straight from the hive. Your raw beeswax must be properly cleaned before using it for candles or any other projects. 

Safely Melting Beeswax

Beeswax has a low melting point of about 147°F which makes it a great crafting wax to work with.  However, it is flammable if heated to the flashpoint of 204.4 °C (400 °F). 

Some people gently melt it in the microwave but that is not my recommendation. The safest way to melt your beeswax is using a double boiler method. 

These small double boiler inserts are inexpensive and make great pans to dedicate to your wax crafts.  However, you can just use a small pot of water and a tin can to hold the wax too.

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Materials Needed for Your Beeswax Bug Bite Stick

Instructions for Homemade Bite Sticks

Time needed: 1 hour.

Steps to make your own bug bite sticks with beeswax

  1. Melting the wax

    Measure all of your materials and set aside.  Begin by placing the beeswax in your double boiler set up. 

    It will be a bit slow to melt so it is good to begin with the wax as the first ingredient in the pot.

    Melting shaved beeswax in a double boiler image.

  2. Combining other ingredients

    Once most of your beeswax has liquified, add the coconut oil and shea butter. 

    Continue to gently warm until these ingredients are liquid and mixed together.

    Adding oils to melted beeswax in double boiler to make beeswax bug bite stick image.

  3. Add Essential Oils

    Remove the wax container from heat and add your essential oils.  Count the drops – don’t use too much. 

    We don’t want the essential oils to be overheated – that is why you remove the mix from the heat before adding them.  (Add a few drops of vitamin E oil if desired – optional).

    Adding essential oils to melted wax and other oils in a pot image.

  4. Pour into containers

    Stir well and let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes. 

    Then slowly pour into empty lip balm tubes or small tins – depending on which container you prefer to use.

    Pouring melted bug stick recipe into lip balm tubes image.

  5. Tops Added

    Leave them sitting without a cap for an hour or two to allow the beeswax bug bite stick to solidify. Then cap tightly.

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  6. Labels Please

    You don’t want anyone applying the beeswax bug bite stick to their lips so label the container appropriately.

    Even if you are only making them for yourself. Create some types of label. If you plan to give them away – I would list the ingredients -just in case someone may have allergies.

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Storing Your Insect Bite Sticks

Congratulations – You did it! Now pat yourself on the back for just a moment because you created your own natural product to use.

Best of all, you know what’s in it. You can use it with assurance that it contains no toxic chemicals.

These should last several months, even longer if you keep the extras in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. I suggest keeping one with you and the rest in the frig until needed.

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Final Thoughts on Making Beeswax Bug Bite Sticks

These are not medicine but rather a way to make use of the skin soothing properties of beeswax and essentials oils. Always take care and consult a doctor as needed.

Making your own natural products is a lot of fun and can save you money too! Now that you have the hang of things, maybe its time to try some DIY Beeswax Body Butter to soothe the rest of your skin.

And don’t forget Rover – this homemade Dog Paw Balm uses raw wax to lock in moisture on your best friend’s foot pads.

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