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bed bugs

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Bed bugBed bugs (cimex lectularius) are insects that can be found in areas where humans reside.  They are nocturnal and survive by living on human blood and so are most commonly found in bedding and sleeping areas, including carpets and mattresses.  They are more prevalent in 3rd world countries but are not uncommon in western households, especially with the increase in world travel.

Common hygiene techniques enhanced with essential oils that are effective against parasites can readily rid an area of these pests.  Bites and their uncomfortable itching can also be treated effectively with essential oils.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Clove, Lavender, Lemongrass, Protective Blend, Peppermint, Cleansing Blend

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Melaleuca, Terra Shield

Suggested protocols:

Removing from areas

  Using a spray bottle mix 1/4 cup of water with 15 drops of Lemongrass or Clove/Peppermint.  Strip bed and spray the mattress (carpets if suspected). Wash bed linens and add a small towel with 3-5 drops of Cleansing Blend to the dryer.  For the first few days spray the sheets and pillow cases once a day. Diffuse same oils for 3 - 4 hours with mattress stripped and closet doors open.

  Protective Blend using the same protocol will also be effective.

For relief from bites

  Cleansing Blend (Lavender, Repellent Blend) applied topically to the area.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Skipper - My college age daughter found a bed bug in her bed, I had her spray the bed and pillows with an Protective Blend / water mix.  Any other ideas?

Loryjean - Susan Lawton suggested Clove and Peppermint in a spray bottle for bedding. Check the carpets, too.

Pat - Cleansing Blend and or Terra Shield will get rid of those nasty critters.

Rob - Mix 1/4 cup water to 15 drops Lemongrass.  Shake well and spray the mattress well.  You can also spray the bedding and pillows daily before bed time. When you wash bedding, put a few drops of Melaleuca and/or Lemongrass in your cycle then while drying, put a few drops of Cleansing Blend on a small hand towel and put in the dryer.

Diffuse Cleansing Blend or Protective Blend in the bedroom.

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