Get rid of Insects with Essential Oil Blends

by Emily Bowles

Repelling insects and other microorganisms do not require the use of harmful chemicals. There are many creative ways to use the intelligence of plants to keep bugs away and the immune system strong. This first blend is highly effective for environmental concerns—bacteria, viruses, and general negative energy. It keeps the aura fresh and the skin protected. To create, blend together three drops each of lemongrass, lemon balm, wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils. Dilute in a carrier oil like coconut, sunflower, avocado, or olive oil. For two ounces of a carrier oil, use roughly twenty drops total of therapeutic grade essential oils in your blends. It’s most convenient to keep the blend in a roller bottle and apply directly to the skin. This blend will bust bad vibes and strengthen immunity.

To repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, make this blend. In two ounces of a carrier oil combine seven drops each of cedar wood, arborvitae, and catnip oils. Many plants contain a vapor barrier, created by their essential oils that protect them from environmental threats. The blend utilizes this particular protection method and acts as a barrier for your body against biting insects.

For the ultimate outdoor protection, you can create your own bug spray. Start with a four-ounce glass spray bottle. Fill with two ounces of witch hazel and two ounces of distilled water. Add five drops each of ylang ylang essential oil, nootka wood, cedar wood, catnip, lemon eucalyptus leaf, litsea fruit, arborvitae wood, and vanilla bean absolute. Shake well before each use. Avoid contact with eyes and inner ears, but use without guilt. This spray is safe for everyone.

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A fun and simple project that protects from biting insects is a DIY floating citronella candle. Citronella is a relative of lemongrass, and it works by masking scents that are attractive to insects, such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid. Citronella is safe and nontoxic to everyone, including the insects. For the project, you’ll need a glass bowl. Use herbs, fruit peel, rocks, twigs, leaves, and cloves to decorate and fill the bowl. You’ll blend twenty drops citronella essential oil with ten drops lemongrass oil and one tablespoon witch hazel. Arrange all the decorative pieces in the bowl and then pour in the witch hazel/essential oil mixture. Fill in any empty space with water. Add the unscented floating candle, and enjoy the new atmosphere you have created.

You can even use essential oils to help prevent a flea or tick problem in pets. Use lavender, lemon, citronella, sage or clary sage, bergamot, cedar wood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, or rosemary. Start off by diluting the oils heavily and using in moderation. The recommended dosage is three to five drops of diluted oils for cats and small dogs, while three to five drops of undiluted oils can be used on larger dogs. Use ten drops of oils for large animals like horses. Apply to their paws, or to your own hands and stroke their fur. You can also create a bug spray according to the instructions above, but for the recipe just use the oils that are listed here as safe for animals.

Enjoy utilizing the wisdom of plants and herbs in creating a better quality of life for yourself and your loved ones. Be aware of possible skin sensitivity and keep oils out of reach of children. If you are pregnant or nursing or under a doctor’s care for any condition, consult your physician.


Emily Bowles is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha yoga instructor—currently living and teaching in Northern California. She is a Reiki level II practitioner and essential oil wellness advocate, engaged in daily healing and self-liberation. She is about to release her first children’s book, and currently studying pre-med sciences to become a naturopathic physician. Emily maintains a personal piyo, core power, and yin yoga practice, believing that all things are possible—yoga being the dance, the lifestyle, and the vehicle that bridges us closer together, to our higher selves, and to home. She wants to remind you that you must never give up. Your dreams are alive within, waiting on you to manifest the courage and make them real. Her website link: Queenbeeapiary.com ॐ

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