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How To Make A Bug Bite Salve
By Meagan - July 10, 2013

We are right in the thick of summer; which is wonderful, however, along with the sunshine, swimming pools, and lemonade, comes something less desirable . . . bugs! And bug bites. Ouch. Thankfully, the Bulk Herb Store has you covered with their wonderful Bug Bite Salve Kit.  I had a chance to try it this month and thoroughly enjoyed making it. Today I'm going to show you how I did it (and how you can, too). The Bug Bite Salve Kit is extremely simple to use. Whether you have been making herbal treatments for years or just getting started, you can't go wrong with this kit. It's that easy.

Bug Bite Salve ingredients1

The Bug Bite Salve Kit includes:
  • 1/2 lb. of Organic Premixed Herbs (mixture of Plantain, Echinacea Purpurea, Comfrey, Lavendar, Rosemary, Olive Leaf)
  • 1/2 lb. of Organic Yellow Beeswax Pastilles
  Step One: Fill glass jar 1/2 full of Bug Bite Salve herbs and cover with oil (coconut, olive, or grapeseed).

bug bite salve - herbs and oil1

Step Two: Cap jar, place on top of a towel in crockpot, and fill with water to right below the rim of the lid.

bug bite salve in crockpot1

Heat on warm for 3 days, occasionally adding more water to the pot (NEVER pour cold water over hot glass). Step Three: Strain off herbs, catching the oil in a saucepan. You can do this in various ways:
  • lay cheesecloth over a metal strainer and rest over pan, pour oil thorough
  • secure cheesecloth over jar with a rubber band, hold cheesecloth tightly while turning jar upside down and letting oil pour through cloth and into pan.
  • pour oil and herbs into a large cloth tea-bag over the saucepan, squeeze out extra oil

bug bite salve-  straining herbs1

Step Four: Add beeswax to oil (You'll need 1/4 cup for pint jar; 1/2 cup for quart jar; 1 cup for half gallon jar) into oil on medium heat.

bug bite salve - adding beeswax1

Step Five: Once beeswax is dissolved (which only takes a few minutes), remove from heat, pour salve into Metal Tins and leave to cool.

bug bite salve - cooling in tin1

Once completely cool, cap, label and store. Pretty easy, don't you think? This bug bite salve soothes and heals, pulls out inflammation and infection, and relives itching. It's great to have on hand for treating various bites thoughout the summer months, plus, making some is a fun project! I bet you'll want to make some for all your friends! Stacy is the mom of three and wife to her preacher man. Stacy enjoys making herbal remedies and natural body care products. She is the author or Simple Scrubs to Make and Give, an eBook about creating all-natural body scrubs. Stacy strives to make home a place of peace and joy, she blog about it at A Delightful Home.


  1. Shayla Polanchek
    Shayla Polanchek
    Can you store the tins of salve in the fridge to make them last longer? How long are they good for? I used olive oil to make our salve.
    1. Meagan
      Salves are usually good for 1-2 years depending upon how you store them and how clean you keep them when using them. Keeping them from getting contaminated or too hot will prolong their shelf-life. Yes, storing them in the fridge will help them last longer as it keeps them cool which helps the oils not to go rancid. Basically it really depends on how quickly you're going to use your salves up. HTH!