Bees have a tendency to build nests around your home and come out at the wrong time; this is especially a problem is you are allergic to bee stings. There are natural ways to repel insects that involve using essential oils in place of harmful chemicals. These essential oils can be used directly on your skin to repel bees.

Bees can be repelled with natural, essential oils.

Orange Oil

Orange essential oil is typically used for flavoring, and you may already have some in your kitchen. This oil is made from the rinds of oranges using a cold-pressed method for extraction. A combination of orange oil and alcohol can be applied to the skin to prevent bees from coming around you, or it can be brushed onto a surface to repel bees from a larger area.

Mix 2 parts orange essential oil to 1 part rubbing alcohol and spread the solution on skin or on your deck. You can also mix the essential oil with water and make a personal bee repellent spray.

Cinnamon or Almond Oil

Cinnamon essential oil can also be mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive or canola oil, to make a bee repellent to put on your skin. Almond oil contains benzaldehyde, which is known to repel bees and is used as a chemical repellent to drive bees away from honey. Use either of these oils by mixing it with one of the carrier oils before placing on your skin.

Essential Oil Blend

Citronella alone can be applied to the skin to repel bees by mixing 1 part oil to 10 parts of a carrier oil such as olive oil or sunflower oil.

To make a blend, mix 1/8 oz. each of jojoba oil, tea tree oil and pennyroyal oil along with 1/4 oz. lavender and 1/2 oz. citronella oil, and dilute with 16 oz. of a carrier oil such as almond oil. To make a spray mixture of this essential oil blend, replace the carrier oil with vodka and shake well before each use.