Essential Oils for a Weekend in Mountains



Last weekend, Chris and I spent our first weekend of many in the mountains of New Hampshire.  We went up after I taught on Saturday and stayed until Monday morning because I thankfully didn’t have class until 1 pm on Monday.  As much as graduate school has been all over the place this semester, I am grateful for an easier schedule and weird hours. The weird hours at school have allowed me to pick up extra yoga classes and to plan trips like weekends in the Mountains without skipping teaching (+ hanging with Chris who has an equally as weird schedule. And by weird I mean not 9-5pm. Really, I never want to live the 9-5 life but that is a whole other post).  

Back to the point, Saturday we headed up to Rumney, New Hampshire in Betty (#backinbetty) and hung out by the campfire, cooking a delicious meal and enjoying some beers before going to bed at a early-ish hour for us so we could get up for rock climbing the next morning.

Side note:

Can I just say that campfire meals are some of the best meals I have eaten? And I only started camping last summer AND Chris is an amazing cook when we are home so that is saying a lot about campfire meals.

Back to the point, we spent the day exploring the crags at Rumney and I spent the day getting acquainted with a brand new fear of mine that popped up.  What’s that? Oh you know, after a year of climbing I suddenly developed a fear of heights. So that was interesting. Anyway, it was an overall awesome day but it was extremely muggy and humid out which means lots of bugs! I am a total magnet for bugs. And when I get a bug bite, I get massive welts. I must be tasty!

So I turned to my trusty, essential oil bag to bring some essential oils with us up the mountain and to make a homemade bug spray.

Here are some of the best essential oils to keep the bugs away:


  • steam distilled from leaves
  • Some properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, insect repellent, revitalizer, sedative, vasodilatory
  • Electrifying, regenerating and purifying


  • Steam distilled from wood pulp
  • How to use: spray on surfaces or apply topically with coconut oil to repel bugs and insects
  • Also great to aid with viral, fungal and respiratory issues

Terrashield aka Repellent blend

  • Guarding, repellent and sweet
  • A blend with fractionated coconut oil, ylang ylang, tamanu, nootka, cedarwood, catnip, eucalyptus, litsea, vanilla, arborvitae
  • Helpful for cellular health, and skin complaints
  • Repels bug and insects


  • Steam distilled from leaves
  • Powerful, cleansing, resolving
  • Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifunal, anti parasitic, analgesic
  • Helpful for any skin issues, acne, and infections
  • Helps cleanse and balance
  • This is great to bring up to the mountains with you because it is multi purpose, it helps keep bugs away but it is also great to use on cuts and scrapes (for clumsy people like me) and to help disinfectant and clean the campsite


  • Steam distilled from flowers
  • calming, regenerating and healing
  • helps calm the body and mind
  • helpful for skin irritation and cuts and wounds (aka when you scratch those bug bites)
  • This is another great multi purpose oil for camping trips-- it can aid with sleep, soothing skin from sunburn and calming any nerves from heights (or is that just me?)


  • steam distilled from peppermint leaves
  • anti inflammatory, analgesic, warming, invigorating, cooling and stimulating
  • added to bug spray for cooling effects in the summer
  • helps repel certain bugs
  • You guessed it-- also multi-purpose, peppermint can help cool the body down in the hot summer sun and soothe sunburn.

My DIY Bug Repellant Blend

  • 5 drops of lemongrass
  • 5 drops of melaleuca
  • 5 drops of peppermint
  • 5 drops of lavender
  • 5 derops of arborvitae
  • 5 drops of terrashield
  • 1 part witch hazel
  • 1 part distilled water
  • blend together in a small spray bottle!

So one thing I found with this is the bugs were still flying around me but they didn’t land on me which was kind of funny. I thought I heard the bugs flying around and was like damn, it’s not working but then I realized they were not landing.  The only bug that did land and chomp down were horse flies!! UGH. I have to do some more research on how to ward of those buggers. (pun intended)

Do you have any holistic methods to keep the bugs away? Share them below:)