Repel Bugs Naturally

How to repel bugs naturally all year longModern scientific research has validated the use of essential oils as a way to repel bugs naturally. In fact, many essential oils like Lavender and Lemongrass are natural insect repellents.  Still today, many developing countries bruise hanging plants to release essential oils that repel insects.  In this post, we list some plants and essential oils that act as a natural insecticide to help keep the bugs away.

The plants listed are just a few of nature’s plants that can be grown in your garden or in a pot in your home to help repel bugs because of the essential oils they contain.  Of course, essential oils are good, because you can apply them directly to your skin to help ward off insect pests.

Repel Bugs Naturally with these Essential Oils


You may love the relaxing aroma of Lavender, but its fragrant deters mosquitoes.  Plant lavender in clusters at the entryway to your garden and near the entries of your home.  The dark purple bloom will also add a splash of color to your garden.  The plant likes to be hot and dry, so it’s perfect for the summer in the south.

You can also apply lavender essential oil to your skin as a natural repellent.  The relaxing quality of lavender can be beneficial to aid in sleeping on those hot summer nights, too.


The flavor it adds to cooking is just one of the benefits of rosemary; it also helps keep bugs away. Rosemary is another plant perfect for the summer because it likes to be dry.  It may smell great, but mosquitoes can’t stand it. Rosemary grows well in containers, and it works well as a hedge.  The plant also adds texture to arrangements, so it’s great as an outdoor centerpiece to repel bugs and provide some eye candy.

Rosemary essential oil can be mixed with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) and applied to the skin to repel mosquitoes.


Basil is an annual herb and repels both houseflies and mosquitoes.  The plant needs six to eight hours of full sun daily, and its soil should be moist, but well-drained.  Pinch the blossoms off at the base when they begin to form to use in your cooking.  Basil is also useful for treating mosquito bites.  Just roll several leaves between your hands to release its natural oil and apply to your bite to ease swelling.  If you don’t have the plant, use Basil essential oil, to help take the sting out of an insect bite.


Lemongrass is closely related to citronella – the plant used in making those candles that repel mosquitoes.  However, unlike the citronella, lemongrass is edible and is commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking.  It can grow 3- to 5-feet tall and adds lots of extra height and texture to the garden.  It also needs a sunny spot.

Add five to ten drops of pure lemongrass essential oil to a 4-ounce spray bottle and fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water.  Shake and spray the mixture directly onto your skin.  Concentrated lemongrass oil may cause skin irritation if not diluted, so be sure to test your mixture on a small patch of skin before spraying all over your body.


Refreshing mint can be used in cooking but with a bonus. Mint, as in peppermint, is a perennial plant that repels mosquitoes.  Mint is easy to grow in a garden; however, once established can be difficult to remove.  If you like to change up your garden, plant peppermint and spearmint it in a pot.  You can grow it indoors, and it will help keep the flies at bay also.

For an excellent essential oil solution to keeping spiders away, place 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil in a 16-ounce spray bottle and fill almost to the top with warm water. Then, add a squirt of liquid dish soap.  Put the top back on the spray bottle and give the mixture a good shake.

Test on an inconspicuous area for possible stains and then spray in the corners of window frames, along door cracks, or in dark, dingy places where spiders can hide. You can also spray this solution on your outdoor plants if you find spiders.

You may ask, “Why dish soap?”  The liquid soap helps keep the essential oil molecules suspended in the water instead of floating to the surface – making a more consistent solution and it helps the solution stick to what you spray it on.

TerraShield Essential Oil Blend

doTERRA’s TerraShield essential oil blend combines a proprietary blend of highly effective and safe essential oils that include African Sandalwood, Wild Orange, White Fir, Cedarwood, Citronella Herb, and other essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil to help ward off insects.

TerraShield is a natural approach to managing exposure to biting insects, unlike products that contain synthetic and toxic chemicals. One application of TerraShield provides coverage that lasts up to 6 hours and can be safely applied by everyone in the family.  You can also diffuse TerraShield to protect you from insects during your summer barbecue.  Spray or rub TerraShield around door and window seals to deter insects from entering the home.