During the Summer we spend a lot more time outdoors. Summer means it’s time for barbecues and pool parties. It also means our doors and windows are open more frequently and more of the outdoors is welcomed indoors. You’ll be happy to know that there are summer bug repellent essential oil diffuser blends to ward off those pesky bugs, especially the ones that bite.
For generations, people have been using plants to repel insects. Clinical research has shown that certain essential oils can be very effective. A lot of products on the market use these in combinations with other ingredients. But why continue to buy those when you know now you can harness the power of your 100% natural essential oils? There are rubs you can make for yourself with carrier oils like jojoba and coconut oil. We’re not getting into that here, but this will get you thinking about the possibilities.
Citronella, clove, patchouli and lemon eucalyptus have proven to be the most effective. Others like thyme, peppermint and cedar also have tested results. (NCBI) Here’s a closer look at the most widely used and the most useful.
Citronella is commonly used in candles, sprays and rubs. Traditionally many cultures use it and have been using it as a mosquito repellent, as well as a deterrent for ants, black flies and ticks. Citronella has been registered as an insect repellent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Environmental Protection Agency 2008). (Wiley)
Clove essential oil has a familiar holiday scent. It is known to treat nausea and to treat respiratory problems like sinus congestion, colds and bronchitis. In a comparative study by PubMed.gov, clove essential oil had the longest duration of 100% mosquito repellency (2-4 hrs). (NCBI 2011)
Patchouli is known for it’s musky and earthy scent and was popular with the culture of the ‘60s. It is now becoming increasingly sought after for its wide-ranging therapeutic uses. The oil is astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and mildly sedative. From the study of 38 essential oils patchouli was one of the most effective as a mosquito repellent. (NCBI 2005)
4) Lemon Eucalyptus
Lemon eucalyptus is a potent repellent taken from the leaves of lemon eucalyptus trees. It was discovered during studies of plants used in Chinese traditional medicine. It’s used in the cosmetic industry for its fresh smell. Research has proven it to be efficient in preventing mosquito bites. (NCBI 2011)
Additionally, here are some blends to try for Summer Bug Repellent Essential Oils. Of course on their own, the 4 listed above have passed the tests of efficacy. However it is fun to create some blends. And remember, play with the drop amounts to your liking. It may take a few times to get it just right. If you haven’t checked out our fresh Spring blends, do so here.
Citronella- 3 drops
Lemongrass – 2 drops
Peppermint – 2 drops
Cedar – 1 drop
Clove – 3 drops
Lemon – 2 drops
Cinnamon – 2 drops
Eucalyptus – 1 drop
Patchouli – 3 drops
Juniper Berry – 2 drops
Lemongrass – 1 drop
Lemon Eucalyptus Blend
Lemon Eucalyptus – 3 drops
Geranium or Rose Geranium – 2 drops
Peppermint – 1 drop