Flying insects are always a nuisance, especially mosquitoes followed by moths. Whenever you hear or see one, you know you have to do something to get rid of them. Luckily, a small bottle of Clove Bud essential oil could help you keep them all away. It can also protect the skin against their bites and soothe it if you’ve already been their target.
If you are curious about the working mechanism of this oil, I will explain it in more detail in the first part. I will also give you some simple recipes so you can start using the oil right away.
Keep on reading to find out about the safety considerations as well. Being a powerful essence, the oil of Clove bud should not be used in certain circumstances. You’ll find more about this aspect in the last part of the article.
How Can Clove Bud Essential Oil Repel Flying Insects?
Clove buds are immature flowers that grow on the Syzygium Aromaticum tree. The spice you know so well is handpicked when they turn pink and left to dry out in the sun. That is exactly how they use these clove buds for the extraction of the essential oil.
Distillers use the steam distillation method to extract all the essence from this wonderful spice. Clove buds have a very high yield of essential oil. That makes it possible to extract 13 kilos of Clove Bud essential oil from 100 kilos of flowers.
Usually, in other plants, the same amount can yield only milliliters of oil.
This oil’s fragrance is very powerful. It’s warm and spicy, with faint fruity undertones. It works best in combination with citrus oils or vanilla. Otherwise, used on its own, this aromatic essence can make you think of a dentist’s office.
In fact, the oil of Clove Buds is especially used by dentists for its sedating and antimicrobial properties. Here’s more on how to protect against carries with Clove oil, should you want to know that too.
Know Those Annoying Flying Insects
Generally speaking, knowing what you’re dealing with can help you find an appropriate solution. The same applies to mosquitoes.
They find even the tiniest crack and slip inside your home drawn to the warmth. As soon as summer starts giving signs of approaching, there they are.
Mosquitoes are so tiny, yet so noisy and dangerous! Not only do they leave itching, inflamed signs on your skin, but they can also carry deadly diseases. Of course, not all species can carry diseases. Nonetheless, you should always take full precautions whenever you’re out.
There are over 3000 species of mosquitoes. Those that bite are always females. Their diets are obviously blood and it helps them reproduce. Their reproducing environment is in the wetlands.
In other words, ponds and lakes during summer are the perfect place to find blood-sucking mosquitoes. They live between 3 weeks and 3 months, depending on the species.
But the oil of Clove Buds is not only useful against mosquitoes. It can also deter moths or clothing moths. They are truly annoying and damaging when they start haunting your wardrobe.
They attack and damage all kinds of fabrics, but they’re especially fond of animal fibers like silk or wool. Wardrobes are their favorite place because it’s dark and humid.
Luckily, Clove Bud essential oil is easy to use and very effective. So, soaking a cotton pad and placing it inside your wardrobe can deter all these nuisances. Be careful though, as it might stain your clothes! Place it on some plastic wrap first to avoid trouble.
What Makes the Oil of Clove Buds Useful against Mosquitoes and Other Flying Insects?
Clove Bud essential oil has been found very effective as insect repellent. In one study, only 5% of this oil had a complete 100% repellent action against mites that live under the skin of warm-blooded animals. You can imagine what a higher concentration can do to mosquitoes and moths!
To answer the initial question of this paragraph, it is the fragrance of the oil that makes it useful against flying insects.
This fragrance is given by its main constituent – eugenol. It is a very powerful and stingy aromatic substance. And it acts as a repulsive against mosquitoes.
Eugenol is widely used in commercial mosquito sprays. It is often mixed with citronella, another very potent insect repulsive.
The strong scent of eugenol can affect the sensitive receptors of moths as well. All they’ll want to do when they smell Clove oil will be to escape as fast as possible.
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Clove oil has a very important quality. It is its broad-spectrum antiseptic power that makes it a good natural repellent solution. Because of the high content of eugenol, the oil can:
- Kill parasites, bacteria and fungi.
- Soothe skin inflammations that occur after the bite.
- Protect against infections.
- Help the skin heal faster.
- Strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
Tips to Protect against Mosquitoes
There are lots to do to prevent them from invading your home. While I’m sure you already know many of tricks yourself, I’ll make sure you don’t miss anything.
- The most obvious thing to do is to close the windows as soon as the evening comes. All the more reason if you have them placed under a direct source of light.
- Place insect screens to all your windows and doors if possible.
- Spray your bedroom with a simple blend of Clove Bud essential oil one hour before taking your nap.
- Aerate your clothes, sheets and curtains regularly. Also, spray windows with a homemade deterring solution on a regular basis.
- Protect your animal fiber clothes with plastic covers. Also, leave a soaked cotton pad inside the wardrobe. Make sure you replace the pads with new Clove oil every 1 – 2 weeks.
How to Use Clove Bud Essential Oil
Being a strong essence, this oil mustn’t be used undiluted! In Aromatherapy you can usually blend 3 – 6 drops of essential oil in 1 Oz carrier oil.
I always recommend increasing the dosage gradually, starting with the lowest amount first. Apply all over the exposed skin every time you’re outside.
Also, it’s important that you don’t use this oil for long periods of time. That way you’ll avoid the skin or body getting used to it. They usually stop being efficient when that happens. The best thing to do is to replace the oil with another for the same purposes.
- You can take a break from Clove oil and use Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus or Lemon Verbena essential oils instead.
You can also diffuse this oil in a candle burner or essential oil diffuser. Simply mix 2 – 3 drops (or less) with another 2 – 3 drops of an oil you like and add them to the water recipient. Keep it on for only 30 minutes and make sure the room is well-ventilated!
The oil is very strong and can cause nausea or headaches otherwise. Half an hour is enough to purify the air you breathe and deter mosquitoes. You can repeat the process every 2 hours. Read more about creative ways of diffusing essential oils.
To protect your clothes against moths, the best and simplest way is to pour 5 – 10 drops on a cotton pad. Place it on a piece of plastic wrap inside your wardrobe. Repeat every 2 – 3 days.
Another idea is to soak some clove buds in some Clove Bud essential oil. Place them inside your wardrobe, cupboards and so on.
Natural Repellent Aromatherapy Blends
Depending on your preferences, there are many useful ingredients that you can use with the oil of Clove Bud. You can make very simple Aromatherapy blends to keep the bugs away from your home and your family.
Ingredients and recipients that can be used are distilled water, Witch Hazel, essential oils, spray bottles and glass bottles. You can also use carrier oils, and waxes, etc. Regardless of what you have handy, adding Clove Bud essential oil will make them just as effective.
Simple Home Bug Spray Repellent
- Clove Bud EO: 15 drops
- Lavender EO: 25 drops
- Distilled water: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Witch Hazel: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Spray bottle
The recipient can be plastic, as long as it is dark colored. Add all the ingredients and shake really well before each use. The Witch Hazel will help bind the oils with the water.
Spray this mist all over the house, sheets, fabrics, window frames, etc., 2 – 3 times a day. It is especially useful to do it once again one hour before going to bed. It’ll purify your air, kill mites, deter moths and mosquitoes and help you sleep better.
Anti-Mosquito Bites Aromatherapy Blend
- Clove Bud essential oil: 10 drops
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
- Carrier oil: 2 Oz (60ml)
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a dark container. It can be glass or plastic. If there’s a vegetable oil used to dilute the essential oils, then it’s safe to use plastic. In regards to the vegetable oil (carrier), you can use anything you have at hand.
For your own nose, it would be best if it didn’t have a scent of its own like Olive oil does. You could use Jojoba, Argan, Sweet Almond, Hazelnut, Watermelon seeds, etc.
Shake the blend well before use! Apply on the exposed skin every hour while outside. This is a good blend for those outdoor activities that keep you busy until nightfall.
Kid Friendly Bug Blend (8+ years)
- Clove Bud essential oil: 1 drop
- Eucalyptus (Macarthurii ) essential oil: 1 drop
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 2 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 2 tablespoons
Lavender (L. angustifolia) essential oil is also safe for small children. Generally speaking, once they’re 12 months old there are more oils available to use on them. However, I advise great caution when going about it.
Inform yourself really well about the oils you’re about to use to make it as safe as possible. You can read more about how safe the essential oils are for children. Clove oil should not be used on children under 8 years old.
Shake the blend well and apply on the exposed skin of the child every hour while outdoors. You could also spray his or her clothes and sheets with a homemade bug mixture.
Just make sure you do this while the child is not in the room. Ventilate the room really well an hour or two before leaving him play or sleep there.
The really amazing thing about using essential oils as insect repellent is that they’re non-invasive. They can also improve the mood and sleep. Basically, using essential oils regularly can improve the quality of your life significantly.
Safety Considerations when Using Clove Bud Essential Oil
The oil is a very potent substance. The eugenol it contains makes it a bit dangerous only if used randomly and in high dosage.
Otherwise, this aromatic essence is quite easy and simple to use.
- Keep in mind though that you should always test the oil for allergic reactions. Dilute one drop with some carrier oil and massage it into a sensitive skin area (wrists, back of the neck, inside of the forearm, etc.)
- Always use the oil of Clove Buds diluted. For that you can use carrier oil, milk, honey, bath salts, shower gels, etc. Used undiluted, it can irritate, burn or even sensitize the skin.
- Do not use this oil near your eyes, nose, mouth or ears.
- It should never be used on babies and children under 8.
- The same goes for pregnant women and nursing mothers, and people suffering from epilepsy or other major health concerns.
That being said, it’s always great to rely on a natural bug repellent, no matter where you go. You can prepare your protection blend ahead of time. Or you can simply take the oil and a spray bottle with you and make it fresh whenever you need it.
One bottle of Clove Bud essential oil can spare you of a lot of trouble with mosquitoes, even on holidays.
Have you ever tried it against mosquitoes or moths? Has it worked, and if so what did you use it with? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!