Bug bite prevention using essential oils is essential to enjoying the outdoors. As a Master Gardener and the person responsible for growing the bulk of our ingredients, it was becoming a daily battle between me and biting critters. "Enough!" I said, and set to work creating bug defense that worked great, lasted long, smelled wonderful, and kept those annoying bugs away. Once I knew it worked, I added to our product line so that others had an all-natural option to buy products with DEET.
One essential oil that really makes a difference in keeping the bugs away is lemon eucalyptus oil. I use this in my seasonal bug insect repellent product line. This essential oil keeps them away, but if the bugs find an open spot and bite here is a soothing essential oil that’ll help. Our Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Stick has been a customer favorite ever since!
Here's what one of our customers thinks of our Citrus Bug Stick:
"As effective as products with harsh Deet and chemicals. Highly recommended product, all aerosol cans have been discarded and replaced with this pleasant-smelling, natural product." - Chandra P. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Essential Oils for Prevention
- Lemon eucalyptus
- Tea Tree
These essential oils should be used in a carrier oil like soybean oil, jojoba or sweet almond oil because they need to be diluted so they don't cause a serious skin reaction.
Soybean oil has the best benefits because it's rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. So, when blended with essential oils for bug bite prevention the skin get the collagen boosting benefits. This increases the skin's natural elasticity, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So, soybean oil is working to prevent and reduce signs of aging and preventing bug bites when blended with essential oils.
Ways to Avoid Being Bitten
- Mosquitoes are best kept away from exposed skin by covering up or wearing long sleeves, pants and socks.
- Shirts and summer clothing needs to be tucked in especially the back area wear the shirt usually becomes untucked
- If there's a mosquito born warning in your area stay indoors especially during the evening hours usually around dusk
- When outdoors where there are marshy swampy areas this is where mosquitoes thrive and head nets, long sleeves and long pants will help prevent those bites
- Empty standing water containers like buckets, wheelbarrows, planter pots and other water collecting agents to prevent the growth environment of mosquito larvae
- Lastly, use the EPA registered mosquito repellents if you find natural essential oil insect repellents are not working for you.