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June 6, 2017

Bugs, Away!

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.


Mosquitoes do not like CitronellaPeppermint, Patchouli, LemonEucalyptusBasilThyme, Lemongrass or Lavender

Fleas stay away from Cedarwood, CitronellaEucalyptus, Tea TreeLemongrass, and Lavender.

Ticks can be deterred using Geranium, Juniper, RosewoodThyme, and  Grapefruit.


We hope this article has given you the tools you need to enjoy a beautiful, bug-free summer!


Fun tip: Keep the bugs off of your screen door by spraying a mixture of water and your favorite DIY essential oil bug repellant.  The Blend Bug Away is up for the task.

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.

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Is there a way we could get that printable label on the spray bottle? That would be a great option on some of these blog posts. Or even to be able to buy the labels from you guys.

Kelley | November 29, 2017 | Reply

    This is a great idea! We do not have this available now but hope to in the near future.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | November 30, 2017 | Reply

Is that dilution rate ok for children and adults?

Elizabeth Kirk | April 17, 2018 | Reply

    It is intended for the entire family, yes! 🙂


    RMO CS | April 26, 2018 | Reply

Is this safe for pets too?

Jess Brown | May 8, 2018 | Reply

    At this time, we have found insufficient research about using essential oils on or around domestic animals, including procedures and possible reactions. Because of this lack of research, we are unable to advise how to use essential oils with pets. If you are looking for great references for more information, definitely contact our Customer Experience Team (support@rockymountainoils.com). Thanks!

    RMO CS | May 10, 2018 | Reply

For the recipe: Can I use almond oil as a carrier? And those 45 drops, can that be 45 drops of Bug Off!? Thank you!

Renske | May 19, 2018 | Reply

    Great question Renske!

    You can definitely substitute the ingredients and use Almond oil and Bug Off! instead.

    RMO CS | May 21, 2018 | Reply

I heard essential oil and water don’t mix and a emulsifier is needed. But the above recipe hasn’t got that. Is it still ok?

Siu Fai Ng | June 15, 2018 | Reply

    Water does work just fine as long as you do shake the bottle before use or spraying. Some customers do prefer to use a type of emulsifier. Products like aloe, coconut oil, witch hazel or even vodka can be used to assist in mixing the essential oil with water. The oil will still separate from the water after time, so you would want to shake it up before each use.
    If the recipe is more for one-time use or every once and awhile, you are okay to just blend with water, and shake before each use.

    Customer Service RMO | June 15, 2018 | Reply

The recipe above, do you add water to finish filling the 4oz bottle?

Anna Seay | June 22, 2018 | Reply

    Great question Anna! It is usually best to leave some space in the bottle to allow for the mixture to mix appropriately when shaking before use. However, it is up to personal preference if you would like to top it off with water. Thanks!

    Customer Service RMO | June 22, 2018 | Reply