Amazing Tea Tree Oil Ointment for Bug Bites

One of my favorite things to use for summertime bug bites is this totally easy homemade Tea Tree Oil Ointment. There are so many tea tree uses to keep you healthy and toxin-free but today I am going to talk to you about how to use tea tree oil to keep bugs away when you are outside.

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Tea Tree Oil Ointment for Bug Bites

We all know different ways to trap mosquitos making homemade mosquito traps like this post. But when you are out and about, you aren't really going to carry around a mosquito trap are you? The facts are in the summer you get bug bites. This Tea Tree Oil Ointment for Bug Bites can be used to repel bugs as well as treating them after they've sucked your blood.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

Tea Tree oil benefits date back centuries as people used to use this as medicine for all of their ailments!

It the 1700s, the British navy was in Australia and they found small shrubs with thick and sticky leaves surrounded by water. The locals in this area considered the water to have medicinal powers – the leaves fell in the water and the water absorbed the healing powers of the tea tree leaves.

Tea tree oil is one of the important elements of any survival kit or first aid kit.

When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to be antibacterial. Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat acne, athlete's foot, lice, nail fungus and insect bites.

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Tea tree oil should not be taken orally. If swallowed, it can cause serious symptoms.

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Why tea tree oil?

I love tea tree oil! It is one of my very favorite essential oils and I use it for so many things. Studies have shown that tea tree oil kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, pneumonia and the flu.

Tea tree oil is also AMAZING for the skin. Besides fighting bacteria, it also has healing properties that helps with cuts, scrapes and redness.

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My favorite tea tree oil uses include keeping the bugs away, like in this bug balm ointment. It's SO super easy to make and works just as well as store-bought sprays but without all those chemicals you don't want to have around your kids. Just one more thing you can make using simple ingredients!

Tea Tree Oil Uses: Bug Balm Ointment

I used these cute little 1.5oz jars because I have so many leftover in my basement. This recipe filled up 12 of them. Next time, however, I want to use these awesome empty lip balm containers that you can get on Amazon here.

Tea Tree Oil Uses: Bug Balm Ointment

Tea Tree Oil Ointment Recipe


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons beeswax
  • 30 drops citronella essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 25 Lip Balm Empty Container Tubes 5.5ml


  1. Measure the coconut oil and beeswax into a double boiler, or small pot, over very low heat slowly melt the oils and beeswax (Note: Do NOT include the essential oils at this time).
  2. Once melted remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the essential oils.
  3. Pour mixture into several roll-up tubes, glass containers, tins, or lip balm tubes (smaller mason jars work well too)and allow it to cool on the counter overnight.
  4. Salve will keep for 2-5 years depending on quality of oils used.

TO USE: Dab on skin prior to gardening, working in the yard, hiking, biking, enjoying a sunset or anything that requires being in the great outdoors. Apply generously and as often as needed for protection from biting insects. Can also be used to treat insect bites.

Tea Tree Oil Uses: Bug Balm Ointment

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  • Stacy Lewis says:

    Where's the recipe?

    • Vicki says:

      So sorry Stacy! I didn't realize it wasn't showing up due to something I had done with my site. It's there now!

      • Terri Boltz says:

        Could you send recipe for big balm

        • Terri Boltz says:

          I mean big balm, it doesn't show up

  • Mary says:

    this is exactly what I need right now! going to give it a try, thanks for sharing, found you on the Weekend blog hop!

  • Julie Briones says:

    Tea tree oil has so many amazing uses! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Turn About! Hope to see you each week!

  • Kerryanne says:

    Thanks for this timely recipe Vicki.
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring this recipe at tonight's party and pinning too.