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Essential Oils that Keep Insects and Other Pests Away

There is nothing worse than getting unsightly marks from mosquito bites and other insects. They lurk around the house victimizing you and your kids. The use of lotions and other sprays may sound appealing but they are loaded with chemicals that are harmful to your health. We still believe in going natural. Our favorite Bellasentials Aromatherapy diffuser helps to not only make our home smell heavenly but also combat unwanted insects and pests. Furthermore, you can mix these essential oils in a spray bottle to make an all-natural spray. Here’s the list of oil blends that will help you and your home pest free:

 

• Buzz Off Oil

Via: http://www.prevention.com/

¼ tsp lemon eucalyptus essential oil

⅛ tsp geranium essential oil

 

 

⅛ tsp lavender essential oil

 

“Put almond oil in a bottle, add essential oils, and shake well. Apply a small amount to your arm and leave on for 30 minutes to make sure you're not sensitive to any of the ingredients. If you have no reaction, then apply to exposed skin every 3 to 4 hours when outdoors. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, and nose.”

 

• Bug and Spider Repellant Blend

Via: http://www.naturallivingideas.com/

“There are a wide variety of essential oils which – with consistent use – can be used to repel unwanted insect pests from your garden. Rosemary oil is a potent repellent for many types of pesky insects including flies, fleas and mosquitoes. Rosemary is also great for deterring insect larvae like the cabbage caterpillar whose voracious appetite for juicy vegetable foliage can easily destroy entire crops of Brassicas, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and even some root veggies if left undisturbed. Peppermint oil is an excellent natural insecticide which works on aphids, squash bugs, white flies, ants, beetles, and fleas, just to name a few. Peppermint is also the best essential oil for repelling spiders. Thyme oil works against biting insects like chiggers, ticks, and roaches. Clove oil is another great deterrent for many flying insects. To create a broad-spectrum all-natural insect repellent, mix equal parts of rosemary, peppermint, thyme, and clove oils (about 10 drops of each) in a spray bottle filled with water. Remember to shake well before each use. Apply anywhere you want to get rid of skittering, creeping, crawling, or flying pests. For particularly bad infestations, try using Neem oil. This natural insecticide dissolves the waxy coating of many hard-to-kill garden parasites, dehydrating, and eventually killing them. Neem oil not only works on adult insects. It also kills larvae and eggs, making Neem oil a super-effective all-natural method for reducing populations of insect pests.”

 

• Anti-Slug and Snails Blend

Via: http://www.naturallivingideas.com/

“Cedarwood, Hyssop, and Pine are the best essential oils for keeping gastropods off of your plants. Mix about a teaspoon of your chosen oil(s) in a spray bottle filled with water. Apply diluted oil in a ring around plants where slugs and snails like to visit. Refresh as needed.”

 

• Natural Bug Off Spray Mix

Via: http://hybridrastamama.com/

• 4 drops citronella essential oil

 

• 4 drops lemongrass essential oil

 

• 4 drops rosemary essential oil

 

• 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

 

• 4 drops mint essential oil

 

• 1/4 cup pure witch hazel

 

“Mix ingredients together and spray all over your body (avoiding the eyes and mouth of course!)”

 

Please always check with a doctor or someone knowledgeable in Essential Oils before using on your skin or inhaling them.

 

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