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Essential Oils as Insect Repellents

Natural Repellents

Essential Oils as Insect Repellents - Natural Options

Essential oils as insect repellents may be a good natural alternative, in some cases, to commercial products. Products containing deet are effective, but can have side effects such as skin irritation, neurotoxicity, kidney and liver damage, birth defects. Essential oils may be effective to help keep mosquitoes and other bugs away.

DIY Insect Repellent Recipe

To create a homemade, natural essential oil insect repellent, get a spray bottle, witch hazel or vodka, and distilled water. Simply pick a few of your favorites from the following list, but be sure to include lemongrass or citronella, which are the most effective at keeping the bugs at bay.

You can purchase any or all of these oils below.

essential oils as insect repellents

Vanilla Massage Oil as Insect Repellent

Many insects do not like the scent of vanilla. Wear this as a body oil prior to potential exposure. Not all insects are repelled, so bring your back up repellents.

Soothing Itch & Pain from Mosquito Bites

Sometimes, no matter what you do, a mosquito will get through your defenses and leave you with an itchy red welt. There are essential oils for that too! You can apply lavender, tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar directly to the bite. You can also use a chilled chamomile teabag to help calm and reduce some of the inflammation. Ice cubes are also soothing.

Edible French Vanilla Kiss Massage Oil

This massage oil can be used as an insect repellent because many insects not like odor of vanilla. This will be the best smelling insect repellent you have ever used! Edible French Vanilla Kiss Massage Oil contains French vanilla essential oil resin in a natural oil base containing Sunflower Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Sweet Almond Oil.