Essential Oils and Bugs

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Rachael Pearce

Essential oils have a multitude of different uses from relaxation to digestion, but have you ever tried essential oils as a natural non-toxic alternative for bug bites? With the weather getting warmer, you want to spend more time outside, but this means being bothered by a variety of insects that can bite and sting you. Bug bites are itchy and uncomfortable, so you want to repel the bugs as well as control the symptoms of bites as quickly as possible to ensure relief.

There are many bugs out during the summer months that can cause problems. The most common pests include mosquitoes, flies, midges, gnats and sandflies.

Essential oils (EO) are the true powerhouses when it comes to keeping the bugs away, and the ones that are most effective and therefore we use in our blends are –

Lemongrass – offers antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great essential oil to have on hand as it has so many uses. It’s especially good for repelling fleas, flies, and mosquitoes.

Lemon –  is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home.

Melaleuca (Tea-tree) – is an antiparasitic, capable of destroying or suppressing the growth of parasites such as fleas, leeches, lice, and ticks Plus it can repel mosquitoes, ants, spiders and more.

Peppermint – is a natural insecticide that kills as well as repels mosquitoes.

Lavender – amongst its millions of other uses, lavender also prevents the spread of infection caused by a bite as well as to control the inflammation and itching that’s typically associated with it

Citronella – kills and keeps away insects. It has been found particularly effective on mosquitoes plus lice, body and head louse, and fleas.

Eucalyptus – the essential oils extracted from its leaves also offer powerful medicinal properties – you’ve probably seen it used in products like chest rubs, sore throat sprays, and cough medications. But did you know that it can also be used as an insecticide? In fact, research has shown that eucalyptus essential oil can be more effective against sand flies than all other natural products.


Based on this awesome information and our knowledge we have formulated the following products –

Fly Spray – https://naturalessentialoils.co.nz/product-category/cherish-products/household-products/

Insect Repellant – https://naturalessentialoils.co.nz/product/insect-repellent/

Bug balm – https://naturalessentialoils.co.nz/product/bug-bite-balm/



You should also be mindful of the oils that you use on children, the elderly and pregnant women. Ensure that you do everything as safely as possible.