Many of us use synthetic chemicals to deal with insects, which are not safe for us, our families, or pets to be exposed to. Young Living has many single essential oils such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, melaleuca, lemongrass, cypress, Eucalyptus globulus, cinnamon, thyme, basil, wintergreen, and the Purification and Thieves blends, which effectively repel many types of insects including dust mites, lice, ticks, spiders, and fleas.
For instance, Young Living’s Peppermint essential oil placed on entryways prevents ants from entering. Simply smear a couple drops along the threshold. Peppermint is also excellent for repelling ants and rodents (squirrels and mice).
If you need moth repellents for your linens and woolens, you can avoid toxic commercial mothballs made of naphthalene – instead use Young Living’s essential oils. Natural essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, Western Red Cedar, or Rosemary can just as effectively repel moths and other insects, without the harmful chemical exposure.
You can make a sachet by placing several drops of your chosen essential oil on a cotton ball. Wrap and tie the cotton ball in a small handkerchief or square of cotton. Hang this sachet in storage areas or in your chest of linens. The sachet can be refreshed as often as necessary. You can put this sachet in your dresser drawers to keep your clothes freshly scented.
Making a spray bottle for your Young Living oils is a terrific way to freshen air and repel unwanted insects. Here are some household cleaning blend recipes, but you can make your own combinations for insects by simply using some of the above essential oils.
If spiders are an issue in your home, I have always found that diffusing, in my Young Living nebulizer diffuser, the Young Living blends Thieves or Purification to be quite effective. If I haven’t had my diffuer on in a while or when I move into a new house that spiders start appearing and then die after I start diffusing. I find that diffusing for 15-30 minutes a day keeps the spiders away.
Palo Santo is terrific at killing embedded ticks. I put one drop of Palo Santo essential oil directly on the tick and it kills them. I also use my Young Living Lavender Shampoo once a month when I give my dog a bath, and I add to it 4-5 drops of Palo Santo – it smells terrific and helps kill any fleas and repels fleas and ticks too.
Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Distributor – helping families live “Greener” lives.