Essential oils that keep bugs away

Don't let anything interfere with your outdoor practice.
Keep these guys away
General by Charlynn Avery

Worried about bugs ruining your summer parties? Follow these directions on how to make your own all-natural room spray from aromatherapist Charlynn Avery to keep bugs away.

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining – the weather is nice, the days are long, and we feel a pull to the great outdoors. We can use our essential oils to help set the mood for entertaining (especially outdoors), and we can have a pleasant, aromatic experience that doesn’t include using harsh synthetics or chemical fragrances.

Essential oils are protective as well; they can be used to create a safe and aromatic barrier, much like candles and torches. You can use the essential oils in candle lamp diffusers outside, or in mist or spray form.

Here are two great recipes – one for indoors and one for outdoors – to try. Find more recipes like these at Aura Cacia and make the most of your summer entertaining!

Summertime Room Spray


4 ounces water
8 drops bergamot essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
small spray bottle


Combine oils and water in spray bottle. Shake well and liberally mist room air throughout your home.

Patio Spray


1 teaspoon grain alcohol or 1 teaspoon high-proof vodka
20 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops citronella essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops cedarwood essential oil or 5 drops Texas cedarwood essential oil
4 ounces distilled water
small spray bottle


Place alcohol in a spray-mister bottle. Add the essential oils and shake. Add water, shake and mist the atmosphere around your outdoor activities. Always shake well before use. Avoid spraying the skin, clothing or garden plants.

About the Author

Charlynn Avery

Charlynn Avery is an aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. In her work, she travels around the U.S. teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about those powerful oils. Her life’s mission is to empower each individual to be in charge of their own health and healing.  

Ms. Avery has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist and currently holds additional certifications in holistic nutrition, Thai massage, life coaching and hypnotherapy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and received her additional education through both Carlson College of Massage Therapy and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.  

Although she loves natural healing, she loves yoga and spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport as she waits to make her next connection.


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