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Killing Insects With Essential Oils

Author: Jill V.
Date: 03-06-2011
Views: 4,561
Word Count: 186
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 5589-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 1

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I was cleaning my basement last week and discovered an infestation of insects that looked like mosquitoes, but did not fly. After searching, I discovered that they were coming from a crack in the basement wall.

I informed my husband who checked out the situation an hour later, only to discover that the situation had gotten out of control. There were hundreds of insects crawling out of this 4 inch crack!

He asked me if I had any oils to spray, so I checked my essential oils reference book and did not have what was recommended for an insecticide. Then I remembered what I had learned: use what you have. So I used my Thieves oil blend cleaner that was mixed with water and sprayed the area. In the meantime, my husband was so nervous that he ran to 3 of our neighbor's houses to get some bug spray.

By the time he returned all of the insects were dead and they stopped crawling out of that crack.

What a pleasant surprise that we could address this problem without the use of toxic chemicals. Thanks, Young Living!

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Supporting Scientific Study
bugs-/-insects - "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link

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