From the thick wooded rural areas to the concrete jungles of large cities, from dog beds and kennels to elementary schools across the nation, there are creepy crawly bugs that can be found living off human and animal blood. To those who find their homes or pets infested with them, these little vampires — bed bugs, lice, fleas, and ticks – are mostly a nuisance. My friend Kristin lives in New York City and has dealt with bed bug infestations TWICE! Twice, she has had to scour her apartment, remove all bedding and clothing to be washed, and get her apartment fumigated.
Today, bed bugs and their fellow parasites are a nuisance. But in a collapse scenario where people are impoverished and the general standard of living has deteriorated, infestations of these little buggers could add one more level of discomfort to an already uncomfortable existence, not to mention a potential threat to health.
There are two major reasons to be curious about how to deal with bed bugs, fleas, ticks, and lice without chemical insecticides, the main method currently in use to exterminate them. First, insecticides can be toxic not only to the bugs, but to the people and animals trying to get rid of the bugs. And second, in a collapse scenario these types of insecticides probably won’t be readily available to most people.
Essential oils are a fantastic solution rid ourselves of parasitic insects both now and to have on hand for potential disaster. They work, they store easily, are safe and non-toxic, and they also have hundreds of other uses such as for first aid, to replace medicines, and to help calm frayed nerves!
Cedarwood oil is a great choice for getting rid of bed bugs. Dilute several drops with distilled water in a spray bottle and generously mist the mattress with the spray after removing all bedding. Wash all linens with Thieves Cleaner and several drops of Purification oil. When changing linens, you can also mist the mattress with Thieves spray.
For extra umph, make the following Bed Bug Spray Recipe:
Combine with 4 oz. Distilled Water in a dark glass Spritzer bottle.
To eradicate bed bug eggs, make homemade sachets to place between the mattress and box springs with cornstarch or baking soda in cotton tea bags mixed with Palo Santo, eucalyptus or R.C. and Cedarwood.
I got lice when I was in kindergarten or 1st grade. Thankfully, my sister detected them right away because my hair was so blonde and they stood out quite a bit! My mom bought that really toxic lice shampoo, and it worked. But if I were to ever get lice again, I would go with the essential oils to avoid using toxic chemicals on my scalp!
Apply on site and massage into the entire scalp. Cover with a disposable shower cap and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then shampoo with the rinse below –
Head Lice Rinse:
Mix into a container with a watertight lid, shake vigorously, then pour over hair making sure every strand is rinsed. This should be done leaning over bathtub or sink. This is not recommended if you are still in the bathtub as lice may cling to other body hairs. Dry naturally. Repeat until lice and eggs are gone, which should take anywhere from 1-3 days.
Additionally, wash all bedding and clothing with Thieves Cleaner.
To prevent lice infestation, brush a drop of lavender over the hair each morning.
Note: Body lice can transmit typhus and are common in over-crowded living conditions where people are unable to shower or launder their clothes often. Bathing, washing the clothes, and brushing a drop or two of just about any essential oil on the skin will help to prevent and get rid of body lice. If I were in such a situation with my oils, I would try lavender or Purification first.
Repel fleas with Purification or peppermint oils. Make a spray with several drops of either or both oils in distilled water and mist pets and people along with animal beds, carpet, or anywhere else there is an infestation or potential problem. Also, wash infested bedding with the Thieves Cleaner.
One quick note – Native Americans stuffed their mattresses with pine needles to repel fleas and lice.
Purification oil is a wonderful natural insect repellent, and should be used when hiking, camping, or spending time in the outdoors when tick bites could occur. Make a spray with distilled water and several drops of Purification oil (~15 drops in 4 oz. of distilled water). In areas with thick foliage where ticks are commonly found, apply a couple of drops of Purification oil around the ankles and bottom hems of pants. Purification can also be used on dogs.
If you get bit, put a drop of peppermint oil on a cotton swab and rub on the tick. This will cause the tick to either release or loosen its hold so it can be easily removed with tweezers. To disinfect the bite wound, apply a drop of Purification oil.
Try these essential oil insecticide solutions out – and I would love to hear about your results!!
Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
Statements made about the essential oils that come in the Essential Oil Survival Kit and other products offered by Essential Survival have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.