How to Make Homemade Ointments to Soothe Mosquito Bites

Some substances like lavender, chamomile, citronella and almonds are great for reducing and soothing the itching sensation of mosquito bites.
How to Make Homemade Ointments to Soothe Mosquito Bites
Leonardo Biolatto

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Last update: 18 November, 2022

Do you have some pesky mosquito bites that are so itchy that it’s driving you crazy? If this is a problem that often happens to you, you can make a simple homemade ointment that will help soothe those annoying insect bites.

How to Make a Homemade Ointment to Soothe Insect Bites

Whether you live in a hot and humid climate or are planning a vacation to somewhere hot and humid, mosquitoes are everywhere.

Although there are some products to alleviate itching from insect bites that you can easily buy at the store, these products are made from synthetic substances and are not natural.

However, these ointment recipes are completely natural and comprised of many ingredients that you probably already have in your house. Below, we’ll take a look at three different natural ointments to soothe your mosquito bites.

Candelilla Wax and Lavender Ointment

Ointment with lavender

Candelilla wax is a common ingredient in various cosmetic products. It serves as the base for many different ointments and creams.

So then, why lavender? Lavender is the other main ingredient in this ointment because it’s a natural mosquito repellent. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling, irritation, and itching of insect bites.


  • 1/2 tablespoon of candelilla wax (6 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of lanolin (12 g)
  • 5 tablespoons of sweet almond oil (75 ml)
  • 40 drops of lavender essential oil
  • A container with a lid (about 100 g)
  • A wooden spatula


  • First, melt the candelilla wax and lanolin together. Let it cool.
  • Next, pour in the sweet almond oil in and stir with the wooden spatula. Be careful to not let the base get too hot. Decrease the temperature so that the oil does not loose its properties.
  • Next, once the mixture becomes opaque and creamy, pour the lavender essential oil drops in slowly and stir them gently into the mixture with the spatula.
  • Once the ingredients have formed a smooth mixture, put the mixture in the container and close it with the lid. Wait for the ointment to cool.
  • Finally, once the ointment solidifies and cools, you may apply it to the affected areas.

Vaseline and Chamomile Ointment

Vaseline stimulates and accelerates cell renewal. That’s why it can be used to form the base of this ointment to which the chamomile essential oil will be added.

Meanwhile, chamomile has many benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and pain relieving properties. For this reason, chamomile essential oil combats inflammation and itching from mosquito bites. Moreover, it helps clean and accelerate cell regeneration.


  • 100 grams of Vaseline
  • 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile (15 g)
  • A glass container (about 100 g)
  • Wooden spoon
  • A filter or sieve
  • Gloves


  1. First, place the Vaseline in the glass container. Then, place the container in a water bath for a few minutes until the Vaseline melts.
  2. When the Vaseline is completely melted, add the dry chamomile. Keep the mixture on low heat for about thirty minutes.
  3. Once the Vaseline has been impregnated with the properties and color of the chamomile, you should remove the remains of the chamomile with the help of a filter or sieve. It’s important that this step be carried out carefully and preferably with gloves, since the mixture will be hot.
  4. Finally, pour the mixture into the glass container and let it cool.

Now you have a homemade ointment to soothe mosquito bites!

Shea Butter and Citronella Ointment

Shea butter

Shea butter has been used since ancient times due to its various benefits, such as its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties.

In addition, citronella has pain-relieving, antiseptic, and mosquito repellent properties. As a result, these two ingredients are perfect for making a homemade ointment to both soothe and prevent mosquito bites.


  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter (15 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil (5 ml)
  • 20 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • A small crystal or glass bottle (25 ml)
  • A wooden spatula


  • In a container, heat the shea butter for a few minutes. When the butter has dissolved, carefully remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • A little before the shea butter changes to a less liquid consistency, pour the almond oil in and mix well with the wooden spatula.
  • After the mixture becomes smooth and has cooled slightly, add the lavender and citronella oils.
  • Pour the mixture in a wide-mouth container. Let the mixture cool for a few hours before applying to the mosquito bites.

Finally, it’s important to mention that while all of these ingredients are natural, you should apply a small amount first to test for any allergies or have an allergy test done.

We hope these ointments can help relieve those pesky mosquito bites!

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.