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NATURAL INSECT REPELLENTS are safer than chemicals but because volatile, reapplication needs to be relatively frequent, normally about every half hour. Though there is room for considerable customization, nearly all repellents are based on citronella. Small amounts of clove bud, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, and tea tree can be added to the citronella and a carrier can be used to make the oil heavier and stretch the use. Be careful to test all oils for possible allergic reaction before using directly on the skin. Avoid contact with open skin as well as the eyes.

The essential oils should constitute about 10-15% of the mix. Any good quality oil can be used as a carrier: olive, sunflower, jojoba, almond, or even shea butter. You can also try using witch hazel. After an insect bite or sting, try mixing lavender with propolis and putting this directly onto the irritated site.


Basil, Sweet, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Ocimum basilicum


Basil is an insect repellent and nervine, meaning it relaxes the mind and eases pain. It is a stomachic and cleans the intestines. Basil blends well with eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, lavender, lemon, and rosemary.


Citronella, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Cymbopogon nardus, unsprayed

Sri Lanka

This oil is distilled from the fresh grass and is a natural insect repellent and vermifuge. It is often used to disinfect rooms and freshen the air. At low doses, it is non-toxic but it pays to test for skin sensitivity before applying to the skin or clothing. It blends well with eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.

Consider using this or a blend based predominantly on citronella in the amulet. It can also be added to the water used to mop floors, and it can be diffused using a nebulizer or candle.

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Clove Bud, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Eugenia caryophyllata

Madagascar, certified organic

Clove bud oil is most commonly used for tooth aches but is very antimicrobial and antifungal.  It is an excellent respiratory and cardiovascular aid. There is some research suggesting it normalizes thyroid function. If diluted (1% essential oil), clove oil can be used on the skin for acne, warts, scars, and parasites. It blends well with basil and cinnamon as well as lavender.

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Eucalyptus, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Eucalyptus radiata, certified organic


Eucalyptus is generally used as an inhalant for long-term sinus and respiratory complaints. Our species, radiata, is gentler than many forms of eucalyptus and therefore is suitable people who have spasms and other irritations.  It can be used as an antimicrobial for both bacteria and viral infections.  It combines well with lemon but also can be used with peppermint and lavender.

Lavender, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Lavendula angustifolia, certified organic


Lavender is one of the best known essential oils.  It was added to bath water in Roman times and is associated with both cleanliness and deeper forms of hygiene, such as wound care, including serious abscesses.  It can be added to a carrier to ease the pain and itchiness of insect bites and stings. It is non-toxic and non-irritating and blends well with lemon and peppermint when taken to reduce spasms and relax nerves.

Lavender essential oil can be added to shampoo and/or conditioner — approximately one drop per ounce — as well as to ice cream, cheesecake, and rice pudding and many other culinary dishes. It imparts nuance and interest and lengthens the shelf life of the foods, but a little is better than too much.

Propolis Tincture



Montana Propolis Tincture Extra Thick - 0.5 fl oz

Propolis is used by bees to protect their hives. It has been used by humans to boost immunity.

Contents: 65% pure raw propolis by weight, in a food-grade alcohol base.


Lemon, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Citrus limonum, certified organic


Lemon is considered to be one of the adaptogens.  It is antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial.  It is also a vermifuge, decongestant, febrifuge, and vasoconstrictor.  Externally, it can be used to reduce cellulite, acne, and warts.  It can be gargled for sore throats or taken internally to promote circulation and reduce the risks of varicose veins, phlebitis, and thrombosis.  It is a pancreatic stimulant and lowers blood sugar.  It is non-toxic and non-irritating unless used in direct sun when some individuals may exhibit signs of phototoxicity.  It combines well with other citrus oils and lavender.


Lemongrass, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Cymbopogon citratus, certified organic


Lemongrass is often used for skin toning and to balance the central nervous system, but studies suggest it is one of the better antifungal oils. It can be used for athlete's foot and makes a good insect repellent. It is also used to relieve symptoms of jet lag.  Tiny amounts can be taken internally to stimulate digestion and relieve flatulence. It combines exceptionally well with lemon or tea tree essential oil.

Peppermint, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Mentha piperita, certified organic


Peppermint is another famous essential oil.  It is a neurotonic and chologogue with signficant antimicrobial action.  It is antibacterial and antiviral as well as antifungal.  It is useful in cases of gingivitis, toothache, nausea, liver congestion, and irritable bowel syndrome.  It enhances immunity and can even be used to reduce risks of epidemics such as cholera and yellow fever.  On the subtle level, peppermint is believed to increase receptivity and insight and even to promote the ability to prophesize.  Obviously, there is much lore surrounding peppermint.  In moderation, peppermint is nontoxic and even safe for use during pregnancy.  It blends nicely with lemon and lime or other respiratory oils such as eucalyptus.


Rosemary, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole, certified organic


Rosemary is stimulating and can be used where there is drowsiness and/or sluggish elimination. It is also antifungal and is often considered for used with candida and is especially indicated where there is pulmonary congestion. Has been shown to be clinically effective against staphylococcus and streptococcus. It should not be used during pregnancy or by people suffering from epilepsy. It blends well with many other oils: basil, ginger, lavender, lemon, and peppermint.


Tea Tree, Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil
Melaleuca alternifolia, certified organic


Tea Tree, is a very powerful antiseptic and insect repellent.  It is analgesic and sedative.  It is said to aid recovery from heart attacks, but mainly it is used on skin conditions, everything from acne and athlete's foot to chicken pox and herpes. It is antiseptic to the urinary tract and promotes flow of urine.  It is a mood elevator and therefore helps combat both fatigue and depression.  It combines well with cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint.




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