So I was playing in the woods yesterday! Getting some rest, meditation, and rejuvenation when something didn’t quite feel ‘right.’ I rushed out of the woods only to look on my arm and brush away a mosquito that was fully engaged in my skin. To my surprise I had in a very short time over 6 bites. Just a few days prior, I laughed at my son for escaping getting bitten while he had fallen prey to mosquitos in Washington, DC during dinner. I had run out of lavender oil the week before and was too lazy to get fresh bottles. I’m a natural advocate knowing that everything in nature is here for humanity to heal and prosper. I’m also in the midst of getting certified in Aromatherapy for healing (and its magical properties)! You can make your own natural bug repellents and keep mosquitos, ticks, fleas, and other pesty creatures at bay. Here’s why and how:
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia) oil is a carminative, mild sedative, anti-stress, depressant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Not only does it relieve anxiety, and soothe nerves but it heals wounds, burns, cuts, pimples, eczema, even as a hair tonic for hair growth and to relieve sore muscles.
Lavender keeps the bugs (mosquitos) away acting as a natural, safe bug repellent. It also soothes insect bites acting as insecticidal and antiseptic reducing inflammation and itching. Apply the essential oil in a spritzer or drop some in hand to apply to skin prior to entering nature. You can apply to skin undiluted.
Natural Repellent Oils
Some natural repellent oils include Citronella, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Basil, Catnip, Garlic, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Pennyroyal. I’ve chosen to combine some of these oils with Lavender essential oil. For decades, I was a Cedarwood (and Frankincense and Jasmine) wearing gal until I realized that it just wasnt strong enough alone for mosquitos and wearing Lavender oil (for me and my chemistry) really worked better. I saw and felt better results! Here are a few DIY (Do It Yourself) recipes.
Essential Oil Spritzer Spray
Supplies: 2 oz spray bottle, a carrier oil (avocado/almond/rosehip seed/olive oil/evening primrose oil), 10-20 drops of Essential Oils, distilled water, organic witch hazel
EOs (Essential Oils)
8 drops Geranium
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Lavender
Add 1/2 tbspn (table spoon) distilled water, 1 tsp (teaspoon) carrier oil, 1 tsp witch hazel, 15-20 drops essential oils (blend). Shake well.
Bug Be Gone Cream
- 8 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 8 drops of lavender essential oil
- 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- 6 drops of citronella essential oil
- 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 ounces of (liquid/fractionated) coconut oil
5 drops Lavender Oil
More Oils to Blend DIY Recipes
Other oils include; Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Basil, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spearmint, Peppermint, Thyme, Cloves, Geranium
Cautions: some oils not advised for pregnant women