Essential Oils That Repel Insects Naturally

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Along with providing a pleasing sensory experience, essential oils possess several practical applications. According to Medical News Today, many of these special oils “have been found to have various degrees of antimicrobial activity and are believed to have antiviral, nematicidal, antifungal, insecticidal, and antioxidant properties.” Among their many benefits, several can also offer you some natural pest protection!

Below, you will find a list of well-known essential oils with insect repellent properties and tips for applying them.



Mosquitoes have an aversion to rosemary, so this will be one of your go-to oils for hiking and lake activities. According to numerous studies, this scent is also perfect if you feel a need for more energy and a quick “mental refresh,”


Thyme has mosquito-repellent properties that even surpassed DEET in one study. This essential oil also helps repel chiggers and ticks. Thyme has strong antimicrobial properties and has been used in multiple medicinal remedies throughout history.


You can wear this lemony, grassy-floral scent to keep away fleas and mosquitoes. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to reapply it more often throughout the day than you would a repellent containing DEET. You also can place citronella-infused sachets around your kitchen and closet to ward off moths and cockroaches.


This herb offers a uniquely invigorating smell that many describe as healing and cleansing. Numerous studies have revealed the antibacterial and mood-boosting properties of clary sage in particular. When it comes to keeping away bugs, you can wear sage essential oil to repel chiggers, flies, and ticks.


Lavender has become synonymous with relaxation in contemporary culture. In its various forms (aromatherapy, tea, topical treatments, etc.), this plant promotes improved sleep, mood, and digestion. Lavender essential oil has the additional perk of warding off fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks.


Peppermint essential oil might just be the holy grail of natural pest repellents to leave around your home’s entry points, as it can help keep away ticks, spiders, roaches, moths, flies, fleas, beetles, and ants. Use sachets of this oil near your doors and windows or try making a diffuser or spray.


Keep in mind that these oils can cause skin irritation because they are so potent and concentrated. Test your skin sensitivity with a patch test, and always combine your essential oils with a carrier oil to improve how they absorb into your skin. You can apply the mixture to your wrists, neck, temples, ankles, the back of your knees, and behind your ears.

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