ummer comes hand-in-hand with bug bites. Let me introduce the 'bug bite stick' -- a chapstick tube containing a simple salve made from plantain, echinacea, and lavender. I've made this salve for a few years now, and it really works to relieve the itch!

Bug Bite Stick

Summer comes hand-in-hand with bug bites. Even with homemade bug repellent, somehow you still get a bite or two. Let me introduce the “bug bite stick”.

Author Katie Mae Stanley



  1. Combine all ingredients except beeswax in a crock pot and turn on lowest setting.
  2. Leave for 2 to 3 days. My crock pot runs hot, so I periodically check it and turn it off at night.
  3. After 3 days, strain the herbs out of your newly herb-infused oil with a stainless steel strainer or cheesecloth. I prefer the cheesecloth since it allows you to squeeze out as much of the oil as possible.
  4. Clean crock pot.
  5. Pour herb-infused oil back into it and turn it on medium heat.
  6. Add beeswax and slowly stir until it is completely dissolved.
  7. Carefully pour the mixture into tubes or containers of your choice.

Recipe Notes

I live in a warm climate, so I use a full cup of beeswax. If you live in a cooler climate, you should use less so that your stick isn't too hard.