Aromatherapy..Don’t “Bug” Me!


                                      “I hope you’re wearing a condom mister!”

Insects are nature’s aromatherapists.

Many of them rely on their very acute sense of smell for the most important things in a bug’s life-

~ To locate a mate (through pheromones).

~ And their keen sense of smell directs them to their food source.

Aromatherapy can create a natural “scent shield” that deters bugs from entering your home by using essential oil scents that bugs really hate – which send them spinning on their heels in the opposite direction.

It does this safely and effectively without actually having to kill them via fly swatter, rolled up newspaper, shoe, hammer, or screaming at the top of your lungs!@?!

Aromatherapy is conscious and conpassionate.

After all…bugs have a purpose too…(not that I haven’t swatted a hundred in my life).

Listed below are a few popular “buggy” insects and the essential oils that will greatly assist in removing their presence from your sight.






Ants & Uncles

~ Camphor

~ Peppermint


La Cock-a-roaches

~ Peppermint

~ Eucalyptus


Shoo! Fly don’t bother me

~ Eucalyptus

~ Cedar Wood


Mosquito Net

~ Citronella

~ Eucalyptus


And a bonus deterrent…


Of Mice and Men

~ Peppermint

~ Spearmint





~ Use 10-15 drops of essential oil to a 4 oz. spray bottle filled with water (shake well).

~ Can be sprayed along the parameter of the floor or along ant trails.

~ Avoid any cloth material or delicate surfaces (some essential oils can be damaging).



~ Use 20-30 drops of essential oil to an 8 oz. bottle of unscented body lotion (shake well).

~ Apply 30 minutes prior to going outdoors (you can reapply during the day).

~ This is great for those “Mosquito Nights”  during the summer.


Cotton pads/Sponges

~ Purchase a bag of flat cotton pads (the kind used for face toner).

~ Place 3-4 drops of essential oil onto each pad and then place them in kitchen cabinets, drawers, pantry, garbage cans…you name it…anywhere a bug may lurk.

~ Place them on the inside ledge of any window or door to deter any fly entries!

~ You can also purchase dishwashing sponges, cut them into small squares and place them as you would the cotton pads.


Caution Care

* Use only pure essential oils.

* Do not spray close to pets water or food supply.

* Do not use essential oils on pets without first researching which oils are safe.

* Do not spray close to your mouth or eyes.

* Do not use essential oils directly on the skin without first diluting with a lotion, oil, or water.


Allow nature to assist you with nature

Aromatherapy will effectively detour all “undesirables”… in a very kind way.

So get bugs off your back…and keep them from coming back…with essential oils!




For pure essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Aromatherapy for Dummies” – Kathi Keville

For more information on Aromatherapy for Insects – please visit the Book Page on this blog.