The 6 Best Essential oils to Repel Insects

Are pesky insects ruining your outdoor activities? Don't fret! In this blog post, we'll unveil the secret to repelling insects naturally and effectively. Say goodbye to chemical-laden repellents and hello to the power of essential oils. These aromatic wonders not only keep those annoying bugs at bay but also offer a range of therapeutic benefits. So, let's dive in and discover the six best essential oils to repel insects that will help you reclaim your bug-free territory.

1. Lavender Essential Oil: A Soothing Shield Against Insects

When we think of lavender, we often envision old fashioned cotton lavender bags and it could be considered an “old woman's smell”. But did you know that lavender essential oil soothes the nervous system and can also ward off insects? Its calming aroma not only relaxes our senses but also repels mosquitoes, flies, and moths. Lavender's natural compounds, such as linalool and linalyl acetate, act as potent insect deterrents. To utilize lavender oil as an insect repellent, you can add 8-10 drops of Tyler Aromatherapy's Yin Oil blend to a diffuser in your home, or dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it to your skin or create a refreshing spray by mixing it with water. Not only will you stay bite-free, but you'll also enjoy the soothing benefits of Lavender, Sandalwood, Jasmine and Cypress essential oils. 

2. Citronella Essential Oil: Nature's Insect Shield

Citronella oil is a well-known champion in the battle against mosquitoes and other flying insects. Its distinct lemony aroma creates a natural force field that keeps bugs away. Citronella has been used for centuries as an effective insect repellent, thanks to its high levels of citronellal and geraniol. Citronella, along with other essential oils can be found in Tyler Aromatherapy's garden candles, you can enhance your outdoor experience while repelling insects naturally. Say goodbye to bothersome bugs and embrace the enchanting fragrance of the Mediterranean. These handcrafted candles not only provide a bug-free haven but also contribute to a more sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle

3. Peppermint Essential Oil: An Invigorating Defense

Imagine the cooling sensation of peppermint on your skin—now picture insects recoiling from that refreshing scent. Peppermint essential oil is a powerful weapon against crawling insects like ants, spiders, and even mice. Its strong aroma, derived from menthol, acts as a natural deterrent. You can create your own peppermint spray by adding 2ml of Peppermint essential oils to 100ml of Witch Hazel. Alternatively, embrace the invigorating scent of peppermint while keeping unwanted guests at bay with one of Tyler Aromatherapy nature scented candles - The Mountains.

4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Keeping Mosquitoes and Ticks at Bay

Eucalyptus oil is not only known for its invigorating aroma but also for its effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes and ticks. Its active compound, eucalyptol, acts as a potent insect deterrent. Before heading outdoors, mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil and apply it to your exposed skin. Remember to perform a patch test before using eucalyptus oil, as some individuals may have skin sensitivities. Embrace the natural power of eucalyptus to create a protective barrier against those buzzing bloodsuckers.

5. Tea Tree Essential Oil: A Natural Shield Against Fleas and Ticks

Tea tree oil, renowned for its antiseptic properties, also doubles as an excellent insect repellent. It's particularly effective against fleas, ticks, and other pests that can infiltrate our homes and harm our furry friends. To utilize tea tree oil as an insect repellent, mix a few drops with water and spray it onto your pet's bedding or areas where pests are likely to dwell. Always ensure your pets are not allergic to tea tree oil and consult with a veterinarian if necessary. With tea tree oil as your ally, you can protect your four-legged companions from pesky pests while enjoying a clean and fresh environment.

6. Lemongrass Essential Oil: A Citrusy Shield Against Mosquitoes and Flies

If you enjoy the invigorating scent of lemons, you'll love lemongrass essential oil as an insect repellent, featured in our Garden Candles. This fragrant oil possesses natural compounds such as citral and geraniol, which make it highly effective against mosquitoes and flies. To keep insects at bay, light of our garden candles or dot a few garden tealights around your outdoor space and enjoy bug-free bliss. 

Tyler Aromatherapy's Garden Candles: A Mediterranean Escape

Be instantly transported to the Mediterranean as you light these beautiful garden candles. The Pot of Herbs blend is carefully crafted to create a delightful sensory experience while keeping bugs at bay. The combination of Citronella, Basil, Lemongrass, and other Herb and Citrus notes creates an uplifting scent that keeps the bugs at bay naturally, ensuring your outdoor gatherings remain free from unwanted visitors.

What sets Tyler Aromatherapy's garden candles apart is not just their captivating scent, but also their reusable plant pot vessels. Each candle is hand poured using eco soy wax, a renewable resource that burns clean and emits no harmful toxins. Once the candle has burned down, simply clean out the vessel and re-purpose it as a charming plant pot or a decorative accent in your garden.

The combination of the bug-repellent properties of Citronella and the herbaceous and citrusy aroma of Basil, Lemongrass, and other essential oils makes Tyler Aromatherapy's garden candles an essential addition to any outdoor space. Whether you're hosting a summer barbecue, enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, or lounging by the pool, these candles create a calming and insect-free environment.

To maximize the effectiveness of the garden candles, place them strategically around your outdoor area. Consider positioning them near seating areas, entryways, and gathering spots to create a protective barrier against insects. As you light the candles, the aromatic blend will infuse the air, providing a refreshing and uplifting ambiance that you and your guests will love.

Do essential oils keeps all insects and bugs away?

Yes! Many essential oils can keep insects and bugs at bay - ready this blog to discover the best essential oils to repel insects.

Can a candle work as well as pure essential oils?

Absolutely! Especially our garden candles as they contain many essential oils that not only have a gorgeous uplifting aroma, but also contain natural bug repellent properties. They look beautiful too, and will sit proudly on a garden table.

How do essential oils repel insects?

Essential oils are extracted from plants - they all contain certain compounds that have differing therapeutic benefits. In addition to this, some compounds are also effective as a repellent for insects - when an insect recognises these compounds they are likely to fly away. The above blog lists the best essential oils to repel insects.

1 comment

  • Ellie, your article is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Your list of essential oils will undoubtedly make anyone’s outdoor experiences much more enjoyable.


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