Lavadin oil (intermedia) has been used for hundreds of years as a bug repellent. It has been known to work against moths, flies, fleas and also bed bugs. There has been a lot in the press recently about an increase in bed bugs and it's one of those things that makes you itch just thinking about it! The lavandin species is a naturally occuring hybrid plant and is part of the Lavandula family, but it contains a natural camphor which gives it a stronger scent and makes it a great choice when looking for something to help keep away those pesky bugs. The widely known pure lavender oil (angustifolia) is used for its sleep and relaxtion benefits but if you want help to keep the bugs at bay then Lavandin oil is the one to choose.
How to use - mix a few drops of lavandin oil with a carrier oil such a olive or almond oil. Dab this around areas in your room such as corners and crevises where you think bed bugs may be hiding but be aware that it may leave a stain so be careful where you apply it. You could put a few drops of lavandin oil on a tissue or cotton wool and place it in your room. Bags of dried lavender can be place around your room and you can add a few drops of oil into your washing machine. Our candles and reed diffusers are made using the lavandin oil so this will also aid with repelling bed bugs. It is important to remember that this is a repellent and may not help if you already have an issue.