Do you use essential oils? Do you love the numerous benefits that it provides? We all know that lately, the use of essential oils have been promoted as an alternative way to heal, relax, and so much more.
More and more people are becoming more interested in knowing the natural health benefits of plants, flowers, herbs, and many more gifts from nature. That is the reason why many people are so hooked up in learning what each essential oil can do.
One of the most beautiful benefits of essential oils is repelling those pesky bugs. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are everywhere and instead of using those chemical-based insecticides, why not use essential oils instead?
You’d be surprise to know that there are many plants, herbs and even flowers that are actually natural repellants. Call it a gift from nature!
So, here are the 45 of the best essential oils that naturally repel those nasty bugs!
Peppermint oil is a well-known essential oil. It is being used worldwide and is known to be used to relief nausea, muscle aches, headaches, runny nose, IBS, and of course, to repel bugs.
In fact, it’s one of the most hated oils by many bugs. It can naturally repel ants, flies, lice, moths, and so much more.
When you try to look for a mosquito repellent, you’d notice one common ingredient and that’s Citronella essential oil.
We may have been familiar with those Citronella candles that have been known to keep mosquitoes away and today, it has garnered more fame than ever!
Not just in candles, citronella essential oil can also be used in insect repellent lotions, sprays and oils.
It helps repel those pesky mosquitoes, fleas, flies, moths, and many other insects as well!
The lemongrass grows mostly in Asia, though it can also be found in parts of Australia, Madagascar, and even in Guatemala.
It has thick stalks and a distinct citrus-like aroma, which—converted to essential oils can do wonders.
It’s the cousin of the citronella plant and like it, it contains a chemical called citral which is actually a great pesticidal agent.
No wonder it’s being used in so many products. From repelling bugs to skin care treatment to aromatherapy – lemongrass is something that we’ll all love!
Rosemary may be familiar with us as a food seasoning but did you know that it has so many other uses?
Rosemary’s essential oil can stimulate hair growth, relieve pain, ease stress, and repel bugs!
Some of the nasty bugs that it can repel are flies, lice, and even ticks!
The chive essential oil is slowly becoming more popular today.
It also has numerous benefits such as facial care, relaxation and of course it can also repel numerous insects that plague vegetable gardens.
This includes but are not limited to slugs, aphids, carrot flies and even cabbage worms.
The family of Alliums include what we all know as small-growing herbs such as chives and garlic chives, leeks and shallots.
With an amazing herbaceous flavor, Dill is popularly known to be a staple for some kitchen.
Aside from this, Dill when transformed into an essential oil can actually offer so much more benefits.
From being a sleep aid to relieving stress, to repelling bugs such as aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, tomato hornworms, cabbage loopers and so much more.
Parsley adds flavor to dishes that’s why it’s loved by many. Aside from the benefits that it has in our kitchen, did you know that Parsley can be converted into an essential oil?
The use of Parsley oil ranges from cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, even being used to aid arthritis and infections. It can also repel bugs such as the asparagus beetles.
The goodness and health benefits of garlic doesn’t end in the kitchen. In fact, as an essential oil, Garlic can do even more wonders.
Garlic can be used to repel weevils, fruit tree borers, Japanese beetles, even spider mites and more.
Aside from repelling bugs, garlic or some call it Allium essential oil can help reduce pain, swelling, and even has antimicrobial properties.
Chrysanthemums are more than beautiful flowers. Their essential oil can be of many use as well. From a great addition to any massage oil to cosmetics and of course to repel bugs.
They may look pretty but their EO can repel roaches, lice, bedbugs, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, harlequin bugs, silverfish, fleas, spider mites, and even root-knot nematodes.
This is the reason why they are usually an ingredient to insecticide but of course, proper guidelines should be used before diluting your own formula.
Another beautiful flower that when converted to an essential oil can actually repel aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits!
They have also been proven and known to repel pests like white-flies and other insects. Aside from these capabilities, the EO of the Calendula or Marigold can be used as antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-bacterial.
Nasturtiums is a perennial plant with actually has edible leaves. This plant has amazing antibiotic, antibacterial, antiseptic, and even expectorant properties.
One of its benefits is that it can actually repel white flies, beetles, aphids, and even squash bugs.
Oh Petunias! They’re so beautiful but did you know that they are also known as nature’s pesticide by some?
The reason for this is because they can actually repel squash bugs, leafhoppers, asparagus beetles, aphids, and tomato hornworms.
Like our beloved peppermint, spearmint essential oil is also very good for keeping away ants, flies, head lice, mosquitoes, boxelder bugs, gnats, and even spiders!
Did you know that spearmint has lower concentrations of menthol vs peppermint essential oil? This makes it a safer for babies and children.
As a spice, Thyme is very common to us but did you know that as an essential oil, aside from being antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-bactericidal, expectorant, it can also repel insects?
These corn earworms, whiteflies, cabbage loopers, whiteflies, cabbage maggots, tomato hornworms and small whites can’t stand the scent of the Thyme essential oil.
Clove essential oil has antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria, it can help relieve pain, and even an upset stomach.
What’s great is that it can also repel ants, aphids, bed bugs, fruit flies, wasps, mosquitoes, and yes, even spiders!
Orange is a very delicious fruit but as an essential oil, the benefits that it can offer is truly remarkable.
From lifting your mood to reducing pain, it can also relieve an upset stomach. Another great thing about it is that it can actually repel ants, beetles, chiggers, fleas, gnats, head lice and yes even cockroaches!
The Lavender EO maybe one of the most famous essential oils. It is the number one to-go to when it comes to promoting relaxation, to relieve anxiety, even help with fungal infections and insomnia.
However, did you know that Lavender EO can also repel bugs? It can repel aphids, bed bugs, chiggers, fleas, flies, fruit flies, and even mosquitoes.
It is being used in many aromatherapy applications, this wonderful Cedarwood Essential Oil is popular for its sweet and woody fragrance.
It can be described as as warm, comforting, and even sedative for some. Aside from its stress relieving properties, it’s also a natural repellent for aphids, beetles, chiggers, fleas, moths, spiders, and cockroaches.
Eucalyptus Essential Oils are one of the top choices if you aim on an EO that can purify, cleanse, and strengthen your immune-system.
Though, did you know that it’s a natural mosquito repellent? It also repels bed bugs, fleas, fruit flies, head lice, and cockroaches.
Catnips are loved by cats but us humans don’t actually consume this herb. Did you know that it’s a part of the mint family and contains nepetalactone?
This chemical attracts cat but definitely not pets such as mosquitoes, flies, deer ticks and cockroaches!
Essential oils from the catnip herb can actually be used to make your own DIY insect repellent!
The essential oil from Basil is also known as Sweet Basil Essential oil. Aside from its culinary benefits, it has so much more to offer as an essential oil.
It can stimulate, calm, energize, and even help you concentrate. Though, it’s also very popular to repel those nasty bugs such as flies, mosquitoes, and mites.
Vetiver essential oil has a deeply calming scent that is loved by many. For some, it’s regarded as the “Oil of Tranquility” and can be used to soothe anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.
Vetiver essential oil is also a natural way to repel mosquitoes! Isn’t it nice to be soothe and to be free of mosquito bites?
Kaffir lime essential oil has a relaxing aroma that can help you reduce stress and anxiety. Aside from this, it can also be used in aromatherapy to help with respiratory issues such as viral infections, coughs, colds and even flu.
What’s nice is that it’s also a natural insect repellent. The scent of this EO is so nice but some bugs absolutely detest the smell of it!
Neem essential oil can effectively repel mosquitoes. It is because of its azadirachtin content, whose smell and even its taste can repel mosquitoes from being attracted to us humans.
Neem essential oil can actually be applied on the skin or even used in a neem oil lamp for mosquitoes.
The famous Tea Tree Essential Oil is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, commonly known as the Tea Tree.
It’s a very powerful antiseptic and can even strengthen the immune system.
According to some field testing, Tea Tree EO can actually repel mosquitoes, bush flies, and biting midges.
Grapefruit essential oils have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it is also known to help you balance your mood.
Aside from that, it’s also an effective natural repellent against ants, mosquitoes and other bugs as well!
Did you know that in the 1800’s the scent of the Patchouli oil was used to protect fabrics against bugs?
That’s right, aside from this, it can also treat dandruff, oily scalp and even skin problems.
Do you love the black licorice flavor of the fennel? If not, that’s okay because you can still have so many benefits from using it as an essential oil.
It’s a very good aid for your digestion and is also known to be antiseptic. It can also increase a mother’s breast-milk and is a very good insect repellent for mosquitoes as well!
The Oregano essential oil comes from the leaves and even the shoots of the oregano plant.
Oregano oil actually considered as an excellent antiseptic and insect repellent!
What contributes to this is that it has some active ingredients such as carvacrol, α-terpinene, and thymol which were reported to being highly effective in repelling those pesky mosquitoes
Like our beloved Rosemary, Sage is a perennial plant.
Did you know that it can actually repel insects?
With the use of its essential oil, you would actually be able to make a DIY bug repellent spray.
Hyssop essential oil is currently being used in aromatherapy to help treat many problems linked to the respiratory and digestive systems.
Some studies also suggest that it can also be used to potentially bring relief to arthritic pain, ear pain, help heal sores and bruises, and to repel bugs.
It repels mosquitoes, moths and many other bugs.
Although Black Pepper is already a staple in most of our kitchen, did you know that there is a whole new set of benefits from Black Pepper EO?
Long known for its medicinal value, the Black Pepper EO can be used in aromatherapy as well as to repel insects!
From ants to wasps, the black pepper essential oil might become one of your new top favorites.
Sandalwood is known to repel mosquitoes and other bugs such as weevils. In fact, it’s being commonly used in many mosquito repellants that are being commercially sold today.
Aside from this, it’s also used for aromatherapy and and is said to provide many health benefits.
The bay leaf offers so many benefits and is being used for aromatherapy.
Some of its benefits when used as an essential oil is that it is analgesic, hepatic, hypotensor, antispasmodic, and also a good insect repellent.
It’s very good in repelling flies, fleas and even those nasty cockroaches.
Did you know that Sesame essential oil protects against mosquito bites?
We all know that there can be many benefits of sesame oil, that’s why it’s a long time favorite of many.
Though, by simply applying a small amount of oil to your skin, it effectively wards off mosquitoes?
It’s all natural and effective too.
The strong yet pleasant smell of cinnamon maybe aromatic for us but for bugs? They keep they away! That’s why it’s one of the most well loved natural repellent.
It can keep away many insects such as wasps, earwigs, bed bugs, silverfish, ants, and even those creepy spiders.
Frankincense essential oil means “high-quality incense” in French.
In fact, it’s considered to be a “pure incense,” and can provide numerous benefits.
It can reduce anxiety, a potent ingredient in cosmetics, it can also be used in aromatherapy and to ward off pesky bugs including disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Floss flowers aren’t just adorable, they also contain coumarin, a potent chemical used in bug repellent sprays.
Those disease-carrying mosquitoes hate the smell of this chemical and will be a great repellent in the form of essential oil.
The common lantana essential oil is long believed to be an effective antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic agent.
It is also being used to repel mosquitoes and has been used for itchy skin, wounds, and even cuts.