Safe, Natural Insect Repellent Using Essential Oils
Summer is finally here! Along with the warm weather and all this rain, the biting bugs are back, too.
Enjoy the outdoors and summer fun without all the toxic chemicals and itchy bites. Easily mix up your own batch of naturally safe bug repellent using essential oils.
Have your summer fun and smell great, too!
Essential Oils with Insect Repellent Properties:
Essential oils are volatile mixtures of a wide range of hydrocarbons, and their repellent activity has been linked to the presence of compounds called monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Specifically, the compounds α-pinene, limonene, citronellol, citronellal, camphor and thymol have been found to be the most actively effective against insect pests.
Numerous recent studies have shown essential oils effective at repelling mosquitoes and other bugs. Of the essential oils tested so far, some of those proven to be most effective are eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass, cinnamon, clove, and basil.