Essential oils are popular for their natural medicinal properties. Besides providing numerous beauty care and health benefits, many of them contain elements that repel insects. Their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics contribute in making them a potential compound for bug sprays. And they’re certainly safer and more eco-friendly than toxic commercial bug sprays. Use these five essential oils to keep bugs away.
Witch Hazel: With its strong anti-inflammatory properties, this oil also has an anti-itch compound which treats bug bites and skin irritations. It is best used as body spray or a bug-repellent cream.
Sweet Orange: It is effective against larvae and pupae, consecutive stages of insect development, and thereby helps in the elimination of houseflies. It is best used as a bug spray.
Cedar Wood: It has the ability to repel moths, ants and fleas in large amounts. Use it as a vaporizer or spray it near the bed. It can also be used on pets, to keep them free of ticks.
Eucalyptus: Though a strong insect repellent, it can cause skin irritation. So use it in aroma diffusers or room-sprays. This oil can also be used on pets.
Citronella: With a fresh, lemony smell, citronella is effective against ticks, termites and dust mites. Moreover, it can kill the larvae of the mosquito that causes dengue fever. Use it as a room spray.