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Insect Repellant

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


Submissions directly to  EverythingEssential.me.  Our thanks to:

      Pat Leavitt

Pat - Here are some oils we have found successful, there are many more oils one could use to repel insects.  I would encourage you to experiment.

                                    dōTERRA Oils Unfriendly to Insects

Insects, antsANTS – TerraShield, Peppermint, Rosemary

APHIDS – Peppermint

BEETLES – TerraShield, Peppermint, Thyme

CHIGGERS* – TerraShield, Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme


FLEAS* – TerraShield, Purify, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint

FLIES – TerraShield, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

GNATS – TerraShield

MOSQUITOES* – TerraShield, Lavender, Lemongrass

MOTHS – TerraShield, Purify, Lavender, Peppermint

PLANT LICE – Peppermint

SPIDERS* – TerraShield, Purify, Peppermint

TICKS* – Purify, Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme



*In case these insects find you before you use your oils, the same oils that repel insects also relieve the effect of the bites.


To Keep mice away, use a cotton ball and drop Peppermint oil, place where mice would be.

BLACKBERRIES – to discourage unwanted blackberries in your yard, cut stems close to the ground and immediately apply a drop of Clove oil to the fresh cut.


Robert - Here is something that has worked for us.

Kitchen ants (small black ants)

1. Keep counters completely clear of food, spills, and water. Especially sweets or juice spills and especially over night.

2. In a spray bottle, combine 20 drops of Lemongrass and ¼ - ½ cup of carrier oil such as grapeseed oil (this will keep the essential oil from evaporating quickly). Shake well, and often.

3. Spray areas where ants commonly enter or congregate.

4. After spraying countertops where there are commonly problems, you may wipe the cabinet down to get better coverage. Be sure and get under the edge of counters.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: 

Ants:  Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, TerraShield. 
Also consider: Eucalyptus, LemonE, Wild Orange

Aphids:  Peppermint

Beetles:  Peppermint, Thyme, TerraShield

Chiggers:   Lavender, Lemongrass, TerraShield, Thyme

Cockroaches:  CypressC

Cutworm:  Thyme

Fleas:   Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Purify, TerraShield

Gnats:   CloveEC, EucalyptusEC, TerraShield.
Also consider: BasilC, GeraniumE, LavenderC, LemonC, LemongrassC, MelaleucaC, PeppermintC, ThymeC, Wild OrangeC

Mosquitoes:   CloveEC, EucalyptusEC, LavenderC, LemongrassC, TerraShield.
Also consider: BasilC, GeraniumE, MelaleucaC, PeppermintC, ThymeC, Wild OrangeC

Moths:   CloveE, LavenderE, LemonE, Peppermint, Purify, TerraShield

Plant Lice:   Peppermint

Spiders:   Peppermint, Purify, TerraShield

Ticks:  Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme, Purify

Black Widow:  Oregano

Scorpin:  Basil


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