What Are Chiggers?
The scientific name for a chigger is “trombiculid mite.” It is also called red bugs, harvest bugs, harvest mites, harvest lice, and mower’s mites. Chiggers aren’t insects. They’re “arachnids” or tiny larvae like arthropods with four pairs of legs. 
Chiggers exist in almost every part of the world. They thrive in the moist and grassy areas such as forests, fields, lawn, along with the streams, creeks, etc.
After hatching from the eggs, the larvae clumps in the tall grass, overgrown bushes or leaves. You may, unfortunately, come to their reach while passing by a thick grassy area. 
Chiggers may have a variety of color. For example: orange, red, or yellow. The tiny mites thrive in a ground temperature that is 77-86 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why in the U.S.A. the riskiest period of getting a chigger bite is the late spring, summer, and early fall. 
How Does a Chigger Bite?
The tiny chigger mites are invisible to the naked eyes. In case you are passing by them, the mites may latch on to your pants. They crawl around and look for a thin patch of skin especially the ankle, the groin, and on the knees of the host’s body. 
The next thing they do is biting and creating holes in the skin area with their sharp claws. In this way, the larvae chiggers inject a feeding tube into your skin. They insert a destructive enzyme or saliva that turns your skin cells into mush. Then, they feast on the liquefied cells.. 
The mites may keep attached to your skin for days while feeding on the body cells. The terrible itching starts within a few hours of the bite.
Symptoms of Chigger Bites
Some of the symptoms of chigger bites are: 
- Itching and burning sensations on the inflamed area.
- The relentless urge to scratch the itchy area may cause skin infections.
- Red tiny dots, redness, blisters, bumps, welts, and rashes on the affected skin.
- A chigger bite in the male groin area can result “summer penile syndrome.” This will cause prolonged itch, swelling, and trouble in urination.
- In extreme cases, the itch and irritations may result in fever.
The very first step in discovering a chigger bite is to take a hot shower and scrub the affected skin with soap. You have to wash off the clothes that you wore to remove any existing chigger lurking on them.
If the chigger bite turns into skin infection, doctors will give you antibiotics. But, you don’t need to resort to these chemical chigger repellents when you have natural remedies at hand.
Using essential oils can relieve much of the chigger bites symptoms. It can give you relief in the quickest possible time without any risk of side effects. 
How to use essential oils for chiggers bites?
Essential oils are time-tested home remedies for some skin disorders. The oils contain strong anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, antimicrobial and calming properties. These components make them the most effective home remedies for chigger bites.  
Here are the top essential oils for chiggers:
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil has calming effect on the body and mind. The oil originates from the lavender flowers through steam distillation.
How to use lavender oil for chiggers bites:
You can dilute 3-5 drops of lavender oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut or jojoba). Now soak a cotton ball with the mixture and attach it to the chigger affected skin area.
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2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is the most potent anti-inflammatory agent in the world. The oil comes from the leaves of the medicinal tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia plants.
Tea tree oil has strong antiseptic qualities. The oil can draw out the cell destructive enzyme or chigger saliva off your skin.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the oil ease pain, irritations, and itch. 
An easy way to use tea tree oil to get relief from chiggers bites:
It is a must to dilute 4 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply the robust solution on the affected skin using a cotton ball.
3. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass oil is famous for its mild texture and earthy aroma. The oil originates from spikey lemongrass leaves. Lemongrass oil is used in ancient Chinese medicinal practice for thousands of years.
Here is a simple method of using lemongrass oil:
Mix 4-5 drops of lemongrass oil with coconut oil and apply on the chigger bites.
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4. Eucalyptus Oil
The oil comes from the steam distillation of twigs, stems, and leaves of the eucalyptus tree. The oil is favorite for all sorts of skin disorders.
The therapeutic ingredients in eucalyptus oil can relieve the symptoms of chigger bites. It can inhibit a secondary skin infection caused by extreme scratching of the skin. 
How to use eucalyptus oil for chiggers bites:
Soak a cotton ball with a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil and apply on the chigger infected skin.
5. Sage Oil
Sage essential oil derives its name from the Latin ‘salvia’ meaning ‘to heal’.
Indeed sage oil has the restorative properties of your body and mind. Sage oil comes from the leaves and flowers of the sage herbs. The spicy scented aromatic oil can treat your chigger affected skin. 
Learn how you may use sage oil for chiggers bites:
Mix 4 drops of sage oil with 1 teaspoon of jojoba or any other vegetable oil. Apply the solution on the chigger bites to reduce swelling, itch, and redness of the skin.
6. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint has the superb aroma to uplift your spirit. The oil has a calming effect on your inflamed and itchy skin because of its potent menthol compound.
Here is a simple method of using peppermint oil:
You need to dilute 3-4 drops of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon of castor or almond oil to treat the chigger bites.
7. Thyme Oil
Using thyme essential oil for chigger bites is a native remedy in Southern Europe.
Its antiseptic properties can keep away secondary infections on the chigger affected skin. Thyme oil is as useful as the other essential oils for chiggers’ symptoms. 
How to use thyme oil for chiggers bites:
Apply thyme oil in your affected areas. We recommend you to mix thyme oil with any of the carrier oil before you use it on your skin for chigger bites.
When to See a Doctor
Chiggers bites usually heal on their own or by the help of home remedies. But if you see no improvement of your condition after few days, you need to see a doctor.
Your bites may also become infected and you may need steroid shots to soothe swelling and itching. Consult a doctor immediately if that happens.
Chiggers don’t spread any disease on their own. But, these tiny mites are a nuisance. It causes extreme irritation, itch, and inflammations on your skin.
Stay alert and protected the next time you venture onto an open grassy space. Also, remember the natural remedies you learned here.
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