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Natural Bug Repellents Using Essential Oils

Updated on September 18, 2013

Essential Oil Bug Repellents

As much as possible, you want to provide utmost protection to your family against any form of environmental elements. This includes bugs that can be harmful for their health, which is why most are willing to invest a great deal of money purchasing insect and bug repellents.

Homemade Bug Repellents

But why spend so much when you can get it straight from nature? In fact, the ingredients used for making these manufactured bug repellents are natural essential oils and you have to pay considerably higher when purchasing it due to the presence of other entailing costs. These costs cover the machinery used, distillation materials, packaging, handling, and advertising of commercial bug repellents.

But making your own bug and insect repellents at home is very easy, provided that you know what oils you need or contain the essential properties that drive these bugs away. The use of natural plant composition offers a safe way to get yourself and your family protected without being too harsh on your pocket.

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Required Materials

When making homemade essential oils, your only investment is time and effort. This is especially true since most of the materials you'd be needing are present in your household. Then, you can gather the necessary essential oils and you're good to go.

Having said that, your first order of business is to gather the proper amount of essential oil you need. Since you are going to apply the bug repellent directly on your skin, you need to dilute it using carrier oil, such as sesame and almond oil. And lastly, you will need a plastic bottle with cover so you can use it for storing the essential oil bug repellent you've prepared.

Once you have the ingredients and materials, you can get started with making homemade essential oil bug repellent. It is moderately challenging but once you know the procedures, it is rather easy and can be completed under a short period of time. To get the best results, an important tip to keep in mind is to use only pure essential oils. If you do not have homemade essential oils, be careful when buying off the store and read labels to ensure that it is pure and natural, instead of using the synthetic ones.

Preparation Procedures

In making your natural bug repellent at home using essential oils, here are the basic procedures to follow:

  • You will be using at least three types of essential oils. You can choose according to the specific scent that you want or your own sensitivities to a particular scent. When choosing though, allow a few minute breaks in between sniffing to avoid numbing your sense of smell.
  • Never forget to add carrier oil into your essential oils to dilute its concentration. This is highly important knowing that you are going to apply the mixture directly on your skin to avoid developing skin irritations.
  • When mixing essential oils with the carrier oil, keep the ratio 3:1. Hence, you will need a measuring device for accuracy to avoid producing highly concentrated mixtures that is harsh on your skin. In some cases, even natural essential oils used in higher doses can turn into something toxic.
  • Store the essential oil bug repellent mixture into a plastic bottle with cover. This will enable you to prolong the shelf life of your bug repellent, so you won't have to keep making them.
  • As for proper usage, you simply use it as you would any ordinary bug repellents bought off the store. Massage it gently against the specific area of the body that you want to protect against insects or bugs.

Recommended Essential Oils

There are actually several possible essential oils that will make a good natural bug repellent. Here are some of the most popular and common ones for you to try:

  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • clove
  • fennel
  • rosemary
  • citronella
  • garlic
  • yarrow
  • cinnamon
  • geranium
  • thyme
  • lavender
  • lemongrass, etc.

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Different Essential Oil Bug Repellent Recipes

Switching to a natural insect or bug repellent is a good choice since it helps in preserving the environment. Not only are you protecting the environment, but you are also preserving the health of the entire family since you prevent various diseases that could arise from insect or bug bites.

Below are a few suggested recipes that you can make at home.

Basic Recipe Guide

Each natural essential oil bug repellent recipe is composed of two basic solutions: the active and base solution. The active solution will produce the repellent effect that provide protection against certain types of bugs; while the base solution will help to keep the mixture light and safe for your skin during use.

Suggested ingredients for making the base solution is a mixture of equal amounts of natural skin lotion and aloe vera gel. Meanwhile, you will be using citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and patchouli oil to make up the active solution in a 4:1:1 ratio. Place all ingredients in one container and mix thoroughly before applying on the skin. Preparing an Aromatic Room Spray

Essential Oil Blend For Bug Repellent

As with the recipe above, this one will also consists of more than one type of essential oil. For the essential oils needed for making this bug repellent, you will need the following: citronella oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, pennyroyal oil, and jojoba oil.

Suggested oils to serve as carrier oil are jojoba or almond oil. The dilution process will make the mixture safe enough to use for topical application. Mix all the oils together along with a base mixture into a spray bottle, making it easy to use later on.

Lemongrass Oil as Bug Repellent

Lemongrass is native in Southeast Asia but is now grown in various parts of the world. It contains therapeutic properties that help repel bugs or insects, which makes it an ideal type of oil to use for this homemade recipe. This is a very easy natural essential oil repellent that won't even require any mixing or materials to get done. All you need is the lemongrass itself to excrete the natural oils.

Begin by manually removing the stem off its base and peel the outer leaves. When you bend the stem, it will loosen up revealing the internal parts of the stem. It comes with several pulps and when you rub that against your palms, it gradually releases the natural oils and aroma of the herb. Use whatever oil is excreted to apply against various areas of the body to acquire natural repellent against certain bugs or insects.

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    Gayle McLaughlin 6 years ago

    Very good ideas. I hadn't heard of essential oils. I will try that. I had only used vinegar before