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Essential Oils That Repel Insects and Help Insect Bites Heal

Mosquito | Essential Oils That Repel Insects

One of the most commonly recommended essential oils that repel insects, especially as a mosquito repellent, is citronella. You can even buy citronella candles to burn on your patio or in your backyard. 

Another option to keep a space clear of mosquitoes is to diffuse citronella with an aromatherapy diffuser. If you don't like or don't have citronella, you can also use eucalyptus radiata, lemon, lemongrass, or peppermint essential oil. 

This article contains essential oil recipes to keep insects off of you and for healing insect bites. For insect control around the home, see getting rid of pests such as ants and roaches.

Natural Mosquito Repellent

For a mosquito repellent to apply to your skin, mix 25 drops of citronella in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or lotion.

Or use the following insect repellent oil to deter mosquitoes and other tiny critters:

  • 8 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons carrier oil

Blend ingredients. Apply liberally to your skin, keeping it out of your eyes.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Blends of Essential Oils That Repel Insects

Insect Repellent Spray

  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup distilled or filtered water
  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. 
  2. Spray on skin or clothing as needed, avoiding your eyes.
  3. Shake before every use.

Source: The Very Essence

Insect Repellent Mist

Note: Do not use this mist on your face.

  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 75 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 75 drops sanadalwood essential oil
  • 50 drops lime essential oil
  • 50 drops lavender essential oil
  • 50 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 tablespoons vodka
  • Jojoba oil
  1. Mix ingredients, except jojoba oil, in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Rub some jojoba oil onto your skin.
  3. Spray a minimal amount of the mist on your skin.

Insect Repellent For Face

  • 2 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 4 drops cajeput essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Blend ingredients and apply to your face as needed.

Source: 500 Formulas For Aromatherapy

Another Insect Repellent Spray

Some insect repellent don't smell too good, but this one smells amazing. Combine these ingredients in a 4-ounce spray bottle:

  • 4 ounces German chamomile hydrosol
  • 8 drops palmarosa essential oil
  • 8 drops spikenard essential oil
  • 4 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 6 drops cedarwood essential oil

Blend all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake well. Use as needed.
Palmarosa helps protect the skin. According to The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia, palmarosa hydrates skin, has antiseptic properties, balances all skin types, regulates oil production, and may help cells regenerate.

Source: Aromahead

Essential Oils For Insect Bites

To help insect bites heal:

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops geranium or Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil

Blend the gel and essential oil. Apply to and around insect bite every few hours.

For insect bites, stings, inflammation, and other skin irritations:

  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree or peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops German chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons calendula-infused oil

Blend ingredients. Apply to affected area several times a day.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

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