Naturally occurring essential oils are derived from plants. Given the fact that plants are sedentary and unable to run from predators, many developed essential oils as a form of protection from harmful pests such as beetles, aphids, or other critters. Now, many people adopt the protective benefits of essential oils to use them for their natural insect repellent properties, instead of opting for the harsh chemicals that many conventional insect sprays and candles employ.
Read on for our five favourite essential oils to protect from insects.
The most famous of the natural insect repellents, Citronella is incredibly effective at warding off the pesky pests, especially mosquitos and fleas. Citronella oil works by effectively masking the scents of food sources that mosquitos and fleas are naturally attracted to (such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid), which works to disorient them.
Clove oil might remind you of the holidays, but it is also one of the most effective natural bug repellents. Clove oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Clove oil can irritate the skin and must be diluted before it is applied.
Bug spray and repellents are known for their harsh chemical smells. One benefit of Peppermint essential oil is that it contains potent pest-fighting compound, but doesn’t leave the wearer smelling like cleaning supplies. Peppermint both kills and repels mosquitoes and is a wonderful natural insecticide. Peppermint also has natural anti-inflammatory compounds and is additionally very soothing on inflamed insect stings and bites.
How many times have you been sitting around a campfire enjoying yourself, when all of a sudden a horse fly wages a full on attack on your ankles? Ouch! It’s time, to keep Thyme essential oil in mind. Multiple studies have found Thyme to be both a natural horse fly insecticide, as well as an excellent mosquito repellent.
5) TEA TREE
What can’t Tea Tree essential oil do? This natural powerhouse is a known anti-parasitic, which means it is capable of suppressing the growth of parasites such as lice, ticks, and fleas. The oil can also soothe bites if the pests get to you first.
Just remember, before you reach for the strong smelling and chemically harsh bug sprays this campfire season, pause and remember the strength and power of naturally occurring essential oils. Give them a try, they will not disappoint!
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