Chigger repellent made with essential oils will deter chiggers and prevent biting. They are a natural and easy substitute to store bought products that contain synthetic chemicals and addatives. More than likely, you will be able to use some of the same oils to repel other insects and use for bites as well!
What Essential Oils do I use as a Chigger Repellent?
These oils work the best for repelling chiggers:
Lavender can be applied NEAT (undiluted). Otherwise, you can add 3-5 drops of essential oil to about a teaspoon of a base oil such as V-6 or jojoba oil. Chiggers usually bite at the feet and ankles so that is where we want to apply the essential oils.
One could also use a aloe vera gel in lieu of a base oil but make sure it is a clean and pure aloe vera product; or else it wont work and it will attract insects!
If you know you are going to be exposed to chiggers (or other insects), you can start to use the mixture a few days in advance. Just having the oils in our body, will deter insects!
We can make a chigger spray by simply placing the oils in witch hazel base as well. Use two teaspoons of witch hazel to 4 tablespoons of water with 5 drops of oil. You may also just put several drops of the oils in with some water as well. Place it in a glass spray bottle; and shake and spray away!
If you have a chigger bite, please see the chigger bite remedy section to relief the itching quickly!
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