By Sara Shay, Contributing Writer
Last year, of course right before school started, we fought a battle with some unknown bugs that were eating my daughter. I tried so many kinds of “natural” ways to get rid of them. I did finally find a solutions, but it still left me trying to figure out how to heal her skin.
They were everywhere, the bites covered her body and she really did look diseased. I made me want to cry. Here she was, only five-years-old and I was convinced she was going to have permanent scarring. Not only did she have the bites, but then there was the itching and reopening of wounds that would happen.
Having already gone through the commercial solutions for eczema years earlier, I returned to essential oils to help heal and comfort her. Of course this was after months of failed attempts to rid ourselves of the nasty little culprits – homemade bug spray ended up being the solution.
As often as we could she would take a long soaking bath, where I would ask her to make sure all her owies were under the water. She always felt much better after this and would most of the time get us through the night without tiny blood spots on the sheets.
Our medicated bath consisted of 3 drops of neem oil (which is kinda stinky stuff), and 5 drops each of lavender oil, melaleuca oil and eucalyptus oil. Neem, melaleuca and eucalyptus are not only healing for the skin, they are also natual bug repellents. The lavender helped to cover the smell of the neem and soothes the bites.
We would follow the bath up by using either vitamin E oil or our homemade owie lotion and then normal lotion on top. Once we got rid of the bites themselves, I was surprised to see her skin go back to its baby newness in a couple weeks!
I still use many of these oils every time the kids bathe. They always have random cuts and scrapes from just kids being kids! And I want to preserve their perfect skin as long as possible.