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Repelling the bugs with essential oils

I am convinced that my house is built on an ant hill. As much as I like Ant man, or Adam Ant having the little bugs everywhere is annoying. Ants dislike the aroma of Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) or (Cedrus atlantica), Citronella (Cymbopogon winteranus), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Peppermint (Mentha x peperita).

Use essential oils to repel ants,

ticks and other bugs.

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In a 2023 study, although this study focused on blue oils, peppermint was used on fire ant mounds, which resulted in them leaving the area.

“Shah FM, Guddeti DK, Paudel P, Chen J, Li X-C, Khan IA, Ali A. Matricaria chamomilla Essential Oils: Repellency and Toxicity against Imported Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecules. 2023; 28(14):5584.”

I have multiple recipes that are said to repel ants, bugs and rodents. Some repel them, some kill them…some seem overcomplicated-such as the one using herbs. To me using spearmint, catnip, lavender buds and citronella leaves to infuse is much more complicated than using essential oils in this case. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and Peppermint (Mentha x peperita) are natural insecticides.

Ant repellent
4 oz. bottle
1 Tbsp. alcohol (70% is ok).
1/2 tsp. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
1/2 tsp. Peppermint (Mentha x peperita)
water to fill bottle

This recipe kills ants on contact.

*I use expired oils to clean and in recipes such as these.

Check for Ticks

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It has been reported that ticks are going to be bad this year. I don’t know if this is worse than last year or not. I do know that almost every time I come in from the garden, my clothes get changed and I jump in the shower. Several people in the family have had ticks on them, just from being outside in the yard or around town.

In addition to checking for ticks…lol, it is a thing, spraying the bottom of your pants and your body with a repellent can’t hurt. The ant repellent recipe above would work.

A list that I have for bugs have the following repellents for ticks: catnip, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, tea tree and thyme.
Let’s look at a few essential oils that can be used interchangeably for other insects.

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) or Atlas cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) both are in the sesqueterpine chemical family. The botanical families of the two cedarwoods are different with the Cedarwood in the Cuppressaceae family and the Atlas cedarwood in the Pinacea family. For our purposes as an insect repellent, the oils can be used interchangeably.

Although peppermint repels 9 different types of insects, it does not repel ticks. Citronella repels 8 different types of insects according to one chart that I use, including ticks. It also repels mosquitos, fleas, ants, bees. gnats and spiders.

Add these essential oils to your sprays, salves or lotions for a bug free summer.

Happy blending.


God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Tim 1:7
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Natural cleaning with essential oils.

If natural cleaning products made with essential oils are something you are interested in, keep reading.

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Breathing fumes in cleaning products suddenly bothers me.

Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the fresh fruit. The aroma is sharp, citrusy like the fruit. The main chemical component is d-limonene which has many therapeutic properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial. Lemon oil is also good for cleaning recipes.

    A lemony scrub

    ¼ cup of baking soda
    5 drops of Lemon (Citrus limon)
    Mix and use as a scrub.

    A lemony window cleaner

    ¼ cup white vinegar
    25 drops of Lemon (Citrus limon)
    distilled water to fill a 16 oz. bottle.
    Add vinegar and essential oil essential oil to bottle.
    Fill with distilled water.
    Lemons in the toilet
    In a large bowl, mix:
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1 cup lemon juice
    1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
    When mixed, funnel into a spray bottle.
    Spray toilet, let sit 15 minutes.
    Scrub toilet and flush.


    for a look at lemon essential oil among other summer things.

    It’s not that store bought pine cleaner

    I love the smell of conifer essential oils-the pines, spruces and firs, especially the ones that smell like Christmas trees. One of my favorite cleaners, my husband does not like.

    Pine cleaner
    4 oz. spray bottle
    3 oz. distilled water
    1 oz. alcohol
    1 tsp. Bronner's Sal Suds
    40 drops Pine scots (Pinus sylvestris)
    30 drops Black spruce (Picea mariana)
    20 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
    10 drops Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
    In the bottle, mix the oils and sal suds, add alcohol and stir.
    Add distilled water and stir well.
    Gently shake before using.
    For the smears on kitchen appliances
    1 oz spray bottle
    1 oz white vinegar
    15 drops Fir needle (Abies balsamea)
    5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
    5 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
    Add drops to bottle, fill with vinegar.

    Hopefully this gets you on the path of using natural cleaners around your home. There are many resources available on the internet-on pinterest etc. I started getting off on a tangent about bug repellents, forgetting that I was writing about cleaners. lol. That’s what happens when I see ants when taking out the trash. That blog is coming up soon.

    Happy blending,


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    Mt 23:12
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    Easing period cramps the natural way using essential oil preparations.

    Anti-spasmodic  :

    Preventing spasms or convulsions.

    Not getting into the scientific causes and boring everyone to death, cramps happen.

    If taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is not your thing, maybe one of the ideas below is:

    • 1. Get out the heating pad.
    • 2. Meditate.
    • 3. Try yoga.
    • 4. Exercise.

    If none of those remedies help, try:

    • 1. Drink chamomile tea.
    • 2. Use a heating pad.
    • 3. Mix up an essential oil blend below.

    An essential oil blend

    Cramp-ease blend

    At a 2% dilution to start.

    1 oz.  (28 grams) unscented lotion

    4 drops orange (citrus sinesis)

    2 drops roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

    3 drops ylang ylang  (Cananga odorata var. geniuna)

    2 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

    1 drop rose (Rose damascene)

    Mix all ingredients in an unscented lotion.

    Use on lower abdomen to help with cramping. The number of drops can be increased the next time making the lotion up to 5%. Always remember to dilute properly and stop usage if any allergic reaction occurs.

    Interesting facts about the oils in the blend

    • 1. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) can be used instead of rose absolute if the cost of rose is prohibitive.
    • 2. All of the above oils are anti-spasmodic to varying degrees.  The smell is not overpowering, even with the addition of ylang ylang and rose.
    • 3. If using in the summer, and there is a possibility of sun exposure to the midriff, use a bergaptene free version of bergamot.  See my Summer edition ebook for more information on photoxicity. Or check out
    • 4. Orange is uplifting, has no phototoxic qualities. D-limonene blocks pain sensing neurons.
    • 5. Ylang ylang has many components: linolol 10%; b-caryophyllene 12%; germacrene D 15%. 
    • 6. Linolol is the same component found in lavender-which is known for it’s relaxing, analgesic qualities. B-caryophyllene has analgesic qualities among others.
    • 7. If using geranium instead of rose, it has a cooling quality, and is analgesic.

    Happy blending,


    He Heals the brokenhearted and bonds up their wounds.

    Psalm 147:3