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Essential Oil to Repel Mosquitoes & a DIY bug repellent balm

There is only one month left to summer 2021 but bug season goes all the way till end of September depending on the region.

Mosquitoes & bugs are important to maintain ecosystems and I try not to let the thought of pesky mosquitoes and black flies keep me from enjoying summer but let me just put it out there I hate mosquitoes, have hated them as long as I can remember.

If you are like me and are a mosquito magnet, you are probably tired of having itchy, bumpy skin and I want to keep them far, far away from your personal space.

Some essential oils have proven to be quite effective and helpful in repelling mosquitoes & bugs. They are a natural solution and can be used instead of commercial bug sprays.



Citronella essential oil is well recommended against mosquitoes, but the plant is also very popular as a repellent against fleas, head lice, flies, ticks. Citronella essential oil has a crisp, floral, citrus-like aroma

Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Lemon eucalyptus oil also contains significant amounts of citronella and is extracted from lemon eucalyptus trees. It has a clean herbaceous scent with a sweet citrus finish. It works very well in a diffuser.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a fresh, slightly medicinal scent with characteristic woody, camphoraceous notes. Tea tree can protect and soothe painful bites from mosquitoes.


Lavender essential oil work well as a deterrent against fleas and ticks. Read our previous blog post on all the other benefits of lavender essential oil.



1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 shea butter

1/4 cup beeswax

8 drops of bug repellent essential oils (pick one or a mixture of oils from the list above)



Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oils, in the microwave in 10 seconds short bursts, stirring between them. Let mixture cool a bit, then add in essential oils. Stir well until combined. Pour into containers. Allow the mixture to cool completely before use.

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