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Summer suggests sunshine, beaches, camping and good vibes. Unfortunately, it also brings bugs everywhere. We don’t want the insects to keep us from enjoying the great outdoors. Whether they are flies, bees or especially mosquitoes, they are hard to avoid, in particular for the babies or kids running around your backyard. The bites can itch and irritate the skin. Many herbs with natural scents that are appealing to humans repel mosquitoes, including cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint. Essential oils as a natural insect repellent provide a highly efficient way to protect you and your family outdoors this summer.
Bugs, in particular mosquitos, do not like the strong smell of essential oils. There are many different ways that we can apply essential oils to keep insects away. For example, apply the essential oils to your wrists or angles, diffuse a few drops of oils on candles before they burn, add a few drops to a spray with essential oils and water, or add a few drops of essential oils to your lotion.
Top 8 essential oils to keep bugs away
Many plants contain various natural and unique smell that acts as barrier protection from insects. Essential oils with bug-repelling properties provide a natural alternative to the heavy chemicals in traditional bug repellents. The following are some of the top essential oils that you can use to repel bugs.
Cedarwood and oil are good natural repellents. Cedars help keep away many pesky bugs, such as mosquitoes, flies, and silverfish.
Not only is cinnamon oil a great addition to applesauce or oatmeal, but the strong-smelling cinnamon oil can also kill mosquito eggs, according to a study in Taiwan. Cinnamon essential oils are the perfect natural way to ants away from your home as their smell interferes with ants’ neuroreceptors.
Citronella plays an important role in many repellents against mosquitoes. This oil is also high in citronellal and geraniol that are efficient in repelling bugs, such as flies, fleas, head lice. When outdoors, citronella can protect you with up to 50 percent extra protection.
Lemon Eucalyptus oil contains significant amounts of citronella and is extracted from lemon eucalyptus trees. It has a refreshing and lemon aroma that always be ideal for summer outdoor activities.
Lavender oils are known for their calming and soothing effect. The crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and lavender essential oil resists mosquitoes, especially adult mosquitoes, and help to reduce further bites. Lavender oil has a relaxing effect to heal the irritant, itchy bites. Also, it is considered safe to use on children.
Because children are more sensitive and need special protection that should not be exposed to certain chemicals in insect repellents. Lemongrass is an excellent natural substitution with a subtle citrus flavour. It is not only a popular ingredient in tea, but also useful against insects. Researchers found that a combination of lemongrass essential oil and olive oil showed a great activity with 98.8% protection against the southern house mosquito.
Peppermint naturally contains a large amount of menthols. This produces a cool and refreshing feeling on your skin that makes your skin feel less itchy. It also keeps everyone in your house from getting bitten by those pesky mosquitoes.
This oil is one of the greatest antiseptics. It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can be applied directly to the skin. When properly diluted, tea tree oil can provide an immediate relaxing result without adverse health effects. According to a study in 2014, tea tree oil has insecticidal and repellent effects against the fly species.
Essential Oils for Bite Relief
Essential oils can be highly effective for bug bites if used correctly. These naturally derived oils target inflammation and itching, eliminating pain caused by mosquito bites. Any bug bite can become infected, especially if it is persistently scratching a bug bite or it leaves an open wound. The following oils could help reduce irritating the skin after a bug bite.
Basil is known in the natural medicine world. It has antimicrobial anti-inflammatory properties that help to prevent bug bites and to treat the skin. Extracted from the stems, leaves, and flowers of the basil plant, this plant oil has a sweet and spicy aroma.
This plant is similar to cinnamon. It has a long history of being used to treat pain, irritation and inflammation. By producing a warm response on the skin, it can also help reduce pain caused by insect bites.
Lavender is a popular essential oil that can be applied for treating bug bites. It can minimize swelling and optimize healing. The active compound in lavender oil, linalool, can also be pain-relieving.
Witch hazel is water distilled from the leaves and stems of the Hamamelis virginiana plant. Witch hazel prevents bites from becoming infected by fighting bacteria and keeping the wounds clean. Also, it has properties that reduce inflammation and bruising.
How to apply
For topical use simply mix the essential oils you desired in carrier oil with ratio between 1% to 3%.
Essential oils are referred as a good alternative to chemical repellents for treating mosquito bites or for use in repellents, also kids friendly. We have plenty of essential oil choices, check out our popular set to start a bug-free summer!