We all love our summer
and warm weather, unfortunately with it comes to insects, they can turn your camping trip, backyard or patio into a nightmare, and keep you from enjoying the outdoors we crave so much. Not to mention the nasty diseases they carry to people and pets. But it doesn’t have to be that way!When it comes to deterring bugs, a blending of essential oils can help. Some stronger scents tend to work better, but it’s not always the scents that smell bad. A lot of the better smelling oils can be used individually or blended together to create a blend that smells great to you just not to the bugs.
You do have options:
You can Mix and match some of the oils in your diffuser, 100% Essential Oils only no carrier oils in your diffuser.
If you choose to apply it topically, I would recommend mixing it into 2 tablespoons Jojoba Oil, the main reason is Jojoba oil will nourish the skin and not leave a greasy residue. Another good carrier oil is the sweet almond oil,( some people do have allergies with this oil) in which case the Coconut oil is also a good carrier oil it just takes longer for the oil to absorb into the skin. Always do a patch test prior to applying in the case of allergies with carrier oils.
You can also use essential oil in a spray bottle by combining oils with 1oz. water, this solution needs to be re-applied every hour or so.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil The smell of Cinnamon is well known in the kitchen. It is also a natural repellent and is especially useful against ants and mosquitoes. Cinnamon oil can be irritating to the skin in large amounts so be sure that you use it sparingly if you have sensitive skin or use it in a spray that you plan to use around your picnic area and not directly on your body. If you choose to use as a spray, Combine 1 oz. water to 6 drops Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil in a spray bottle.
Clove Bud Essential Oil Clove is more known for its culinary uses; however it makes a good natural mosquito repellent and has a strong, spicy scent that many find appealing. I would recommend using this one in your diffuser. Clove oil just like Cinnamon can be irritating and should never be taken internally. Clove should be used very sparingly on the skin as it is a known irritant for those with allergies and sensitivities. If using a spray combine 1 oz. water to 4 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil in a spray bottle.
Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil This is the oil my Mom used to rub our chest when we had a cold. It is also an ingredient in many cough drops. Eucalyptus is not only an effective insect repellent, it actually can be used to treat minor skin irritations like bug bites when mixed with a proper carrier oil. The eucalyptus smithii mixed with Jojoba oil is my recommendation for children it is the mildest of the eucalyptus oils.
Lavender Essential Oil This well-known essential oil is used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics and the list goes on… Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender anyway? Not to mention this blend will help calm your little ones because it induces relaxation and is calming to mind and body alike. It is also a natural insect repellant and good for the treatment mild irritation due to bug bites.
Lemongrass Essential Oil This oil has a lovely, citrus scent and repels fleas, ticks, and lice. It is often used in soaps and perfumes for its appealing fragrance. Studies on The Effectiveness of Lemon Grass as a Natural Mosquito Repellent by the University of Southern California (USC), compare the repellent efficacy of lemongrass extract to other commercial leading brands for insect repellents and found that lemongrass extract could be used as an alternative to chemical insect repellent.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Of course, most critters (bugs, mice, spiders, ants) really hate the strong smell emitted by this plant, so to discourage them from invading your space, keep Peppermint around (sprinkle a few drops on areas they frequent and watch them vacate in a hurry) I use it on anthills, 1 liter of water to 15 drops peppermint essential oil pour it slowly over the anthill, those ants are gone, next day the ants are gone. I have used this method a few times now at the cottage, works wonders.
Sweet Orange Oil– This oil is a natural deterrent to fleas and ticks. It has a wonderful, but not very strong or long-lasting scent. It is a nice compliment to many of the other oils listed and can be used in many other household products and natural cleaners as well. Use in small dose 1 or 2 drops added to another oil is good, this oil is phototoxic.
Tea Tree Oil– This is a very handy oil to have around in general for its wide range of uses and it makes a wonderful natural antiseptic. Tea Tree oil naturally repels a wide variety of insects from mosquitoes to chiggers, mites, fleas, and spiders. Tea tree oil is a great disinfectant and a great addition to a first aid kit as well. It is excellent (diluted) for disinfecting minor cuts, scrapes, stings, and bites.
Here are some blends you might like:
1--this one I recommend for children, keep it simple and keep them calm.
Combine 2 tablespoons Jojoba oil with 15 drops Lavender essential oil and 5 drops eucalyptus smithii
2--the camping blend: grounding smell
Combine 10 drops Rosemary essential oil with 7 drops cinnamon essential oil, 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil to 2 tablespoons Jojoba oil
3--My favorite blend:
Combine 10 drops lemongrass essential oil, 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 4 drops lavender essential oil to your favorite carrier oil, I use the Jojoba just because you can find it in any retail store.