Alternative Essential Oils to Repel Insects
Many people are familiar with essential oils such as citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) and lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) as an insect repellent. However, if the aroma of these particular essential oils is not appealing to you, here are a few alternative suggestions to repel insects this summer.
Cape May Essential Oil for Insects
Cape May (Coleonema album) essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stems of the South African white confetti bush. It has a green, herbal aroma with a peppery note. The bush has pink-tinged white flowers with needle-like leaves and you can see the essential oil gland on the underside of the leaves. Cape May belongs to the Rutaceae plant family.
The leaves have traditionally been used as an insect repellent, among other uses, and the essential oil can be used for the same purpose.
Geranium Essential Oil for Insects
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is one of my favorite essential oils, both for its aroma and for its many uses. Geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the plant and it has a rosy-sweet scent.
Geranium belongs to the Geraniaceae plant family. It is a perennial, hairy shrub with green, serrated leaves and pink flowers. Note that there are many species and cultivars of geranium available.
Geranium essential oil can be used as an insect repellent and it is an essential oil that I have also used to calm insect bites. (click the next button to preview the next page)