June 6, 2017
What kind of summer vacation family are you? Do you and the kids go all Bear Grylls in the woods? Or are you more of a cabin-in-the-woods-with-complimentary-breakfast-please kind of family? Whatever way you enjoy your outdoor fun, we know of some friends that have already RSVP’d to your party. Their names? Teddy Tick, Mosey Mosquito and Buddy Bug.
You may not want them there, but these creepy crawlies will do all they can to stay around.
Time to arm yourself with some natural protection! The essential oils below can help serve as an insect repellent and bite relief!
Did you know the ancient Egyptians used Cedarwood in their embalming practices as a way to keep pesky insects at bay? If it was good enough for them, we might as well give it a go! Cedarwood has been know to successfully deter mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.
This natural insect repellent has a powerful and familiar scent that deters mosquitoes. By masking the scents that attract bugs, this essential oil is sure to keep the bugs off and the summer fun on!
When you think bug spray, does an icky scent come in mind? If that classic bug spray scent is preventing you from applying it, you may need Lemongrass! With citrus undertones, Lemongrass is one of the more preferred insect-deterring scents. Go ahead and give it a try!
This unexpected but effective essential oil successfully keep those bugs away, and it’s especially great at warding off mosquitoes and moths.
Bugs and pests tend to shy away from Peppermint. If you find you have an ant attack this is your go to oil. Add a few drops of Peppermint to a cotton ball and place it where you suspect the ants are coming in. Your house will smell great but the unwelcome guests will stay out.
House flies and mosquitoes can’t stand the stuff. Try adding Thyme to a DIY room spray when you need to shoo those flies away.
Bug Away Blend
Is Junior running up to you in tears because of the “itchy bites”? We’ve got you covered! Check out Bug Away, our this kid-friendly mix of Citronella, Cedarwood Atlas, Lavender, Lemongrass and Thyme in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Found in the Kids Line, Bug Away has a heavy carrier oil presence that allows you to lather Junior up and kiss those itchy bites goodbye! Bug Away is also available in a neat version. Add this kid-friendly blend to your favorite DIY bug repellent spray.
Bug Off! Blend
Citronella, Cedarwood, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus citriodora, Thyme and Lemongrass combine to create your go-to insect repellent! Bug Off mixes aromas and beneficial properties that can be used in more ways than just a topical application. Are critters find their way indoors? Check out our Bug Off! Carpet Freshener Recipe here!
Mosquitoes do not like Citronella, Peppermint, Patchouli, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Basil, Thyme, Lemongrass or Lavender
Fleas stay away from Cedarwood, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Lavender.
Ticks can be deterred from Geranium, Juniper, Rosewood, Thyme and Grapefruit.
We hope this article has given you the tools you need to enjoy a beautiful, bug-free summer!
Basic Bug Repellent Recipe
Shake well before each use. Spray directly onto clothes and exposed skin.
*This is a water-based recipe with no added preservatives so we recommend creating small batches as needed as the shelf life is between 1-2 weeks. Keep in a refrigerator when not in use.