Natural Health | 5 Best Essential Oils to Keep Bugs Away

5 Best Essential Oils for Natural Insect Repellent from Lavender Backyard Garden, NZ Lavender Farm

There are some essential oils that can keep insects away in summer. Instead of DEET to deter bug, use an essential oil blended insect repellent to protect your family.

Here are five best essential oils that helps for preventing and soothing insect bites.

Five Essential Oils to Keep Insects Away

Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella essential oil is obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of lemongrass. It is used as a natural insect repellent, which qualities have been verified by research. Citronella oil is effective against mosquitoes and other flying insects. It is suggested to reapplied to the skin every 30-60 minutes. However, it can cause allergic reactions to those who have sensitive sin if used directly on bare skin.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of lavender. It is well known for its positive effects for aromatherapy. Its healing properties help for preventing and soothing insect bites and stings. Moreover, the distinct lavender scent can be used as an mothballs to keep moths and insects away.

These particular healing properties of lavender are suitable in both preventing insect bites and soothing insect bites and stings.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is derived from the leaves of tea tree. Its strong and distinctive scent contains terpenes that repel insects away from your skin. It can also soothe itchy bites from mosquitoes and bugs.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the leaves of selected Eucalyptus species. It has a history of wild application including mosquitoes repellent. In the U.S., eucalyptus oil was approved in 1958 as an insecticide and miticide.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering tops of the plant. It is widely used as culinary herb. However, rosemary oil has been shown to be an effective repellent. 

While rosemary can be beneficial to your health, it’s not for everyone to use. The herb should only be taken in small doses. Avoid rosemary if you’re pregnant or nursing, as it can be an abortifacient, a product that could stimulate an abortion. Patients with high blood pressure should also avoid taking rosemary as a supplement.

Our range of natural insect repellents are based on above essential oils. These products smell pleasant to us but keep bugs away.



Health Warning

Though essential oils can be beneficial to your health, you should always consult with your doctor before trying them directly to your skin. Check to see if essential oils will interfere with your diabetes or blood thinner medication.

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