Fire ants stings are painful and irritable. Over time their stings turn into red spots which progressively transform into small blisters that disappear with time. The fire ants sting effect is persistent until removed. The use of essential oils has proven effective in soothing the pain and occasioned by the bites.
Essential oils in relieving fire ants’ bites
Essential oils are natural treatments for various ailments and can be used to ease swellings, itching and the pains to fast tracking healing. These oils can be used to alleviate pain, itching, and swelling to help speed up the healing process.
Popular essential oils
The following essential oils have proven effective in soothing fire ants bites.
Has a cooling property that eases congestion due to its anti-inflammatory nature. Peppermint essential oils tend to bring down the swellings as they soothe itching.
Is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory essential oil effective in treating fire ant stings.
Is a perfume scented calming herb. Lavender is both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic-key ingredients that make it a potent herb that calms and soothes the pain and itching occasioned by the fire ants bites.
Safe use of essential oils
- Do NOT scratch the fire ant bites area, no matter how itchy they are. This will ensure that you do not bleed and risk infecting the wound further
- Essential oils should NOT be applied directly on the irritated skin or bite area. For best results, they should be diluted in carrier oils such as coconut, olive, jojoba, apricot, etc.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children should NOT use essential oils. They are however very safe when used correctly. In case of any concerns always consult your medical provider.
- For best results: reapply the oil(s) every 2-4 hours.
Essential oils are the best natural occurring remedies for soothing and treating fire ants stings among other ailments. Their safety is guaranteed as compared to chemical laden sprays and creams.