bug repellent plants

These natural bug-repellent plants are the same that create the naturally repelling essential oils. As you can see, certain plants repel certain bugs and insects. But this allows you to create a bug-repellent that is perfect for your uses. For instance, you can make an ant-repelling spritzer with the mints and lime. Or if you are allergic to mosquitoes, focus on just those ingredients.

Make a bug-repelling rock garden like this one.

Another of the natural bug-repellent plants that creates an oil, is the Neem plant or tree.

This stuff smells so bad that it would keep people away. I have a strong stomach, but even this stuff made my stomach lurch, lol. Yet, this thick oil has some very healthy benefits. It is often found in skin condition remedies. If you are to add this to a spray, I’d suggest warming it up (wearing a mask) so it can melt then adding the water portion of your spritzer.

The natural bug repellent plants and essential oils:

For ticks:

  • lavender
  • cedar, cedarwood Texas
  • rosemary
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • geranium
  • eucalyptus
  • pennyroyal (toxic)

Cedar tree branches

For mosquitoes:

  • citronella (5 – 10% of volume)
  • neem oil 1 – 2% of volume)
  • tea tree
  • peppermint
  • basil
  • lemon-eucalyptus (deet is 40% this)
  • pennyroyal (toxic)
  • thyme
  • lavender

pretty in purple, lavender

For blackflies:

  • lavender
  • eucalyptus
  • tansy
  • cedar
  • citronella
  • peppermint

a very leafy lemongrass plant

For ants:

  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • lime

a sprig of peppermint

About Pennyroyal essential oil, yes it works but it is toxic. When  I started my soap store there was the dilemma of whether to have any oils or ingredients that could be considered toxic. Because we could have kids, our kids, in the back soap making room, or any of the  various staff, we decided NOT to carry such items.  Perhaps if you are going into the Amazon, and using Pennyroyal in the specified and careful amount, then go ahead.


Here’s a link to the Entomophobia Soap page, also known as the Bug Repellent soap recipe.

More about Pennyroyal here, yes it is a great bug repellent, but toxic if eaten.

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