Tell Those Pesky Insects To Buzz Off With These 5 Essential Oils
Summer is officially here, which means bbq’s, camping, going to the beach, festivals, and all sorts of fun outdoor activities. However, these fun activities can quickly turn from fun to not so fun when you start hearing the annoying buzzing sound of flies, mosquitoes, and other summer time insects. So we’re sharing 5 of our favorite essential oils that naturally repel insects.
Lavender pillows and sachets are wonderful in linen cupboards and chests of drawers and will keep away moths and other insects while leaving a fresh scent.
2. Tea Tree
Tea tree is not only a green cleaning powerhouse, but it is also an antiparasitic, capable of destroying or suppressing the growth of parasites such as fleas, leeches, lice, and ticks. Use diffusion or direct topical application. Like bergamot, if those nasty critters do make a meal out of you, Australian tea tree can help beat the irritation from bites or stings.
Citronella oil is a natural insect repellant, especially for mosquitoes. Tests have shown it to be less effective than the standard chemical used in repellants, DEET. However, those same tests indicate that it is an effective deterrent against insects.
In a 2010 study, three species of eucalyptus (E. staigeriana, E. citriodora, and E. globulus) were tested for use with the blood-sucking sandfly, lutzomyia Lutzomyia longipalpis. Researchers found the eucalyptus essential oils were more effective against L. longipalpis than other natural products.
Peppermint is a natural insecticide that kills as well as repels mosquitoes. In one study, M. ×piperita showed repellent action when applied to exposed body parts. It also displayed significant larvicidal and mosquito repellant action.
Try out this natural insect repellant spray recipe. We’d love to hear how these essential oils are helping keep the bugs away from you this summer. Keep us posted!
- Lavender Lavandula angustifolia oil: 15 drops
- Eucalyptus oil: 10 drops
- Tea tree Australia Melaleuca alternifolia oil: 10 drops
- Citronella oil: 6 drops
- Peppermint oil : 6 drops
- Distilled water: 2 ounces
- Vinegar from your kitchen: 2 ounces (I prefer white vinegar, but apple cider works too! Leave the balsamic for the Caprese salad!)
Blend all the ingredients and put into a spray bottle. Shake well before using.