Simple Natural Bug Spray by DIY Natural
-small spray bottle
-½ cup distilled water
-1 tablespoon alcohol
-6-10 drops essential oil: use any of these alone or any combination – lemongrass, any mint, lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, neem, geranium, and litsea cubeba. My favorite is a mixture of lavender and litsea cubeba. It smells like lemon and bugs hate it!
Pour the alcohol into the spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Add water, leaving enough room at the top so it will mix when you shake it. If you use a large spray bottle, ingredients can be doubled or tripled.
Shake well before each use. Spray lightly on body: hands, arms and legs especially. Avoid getting into the eyes, ears, mouth and nose. You may need to reapply it often if you sweat, if you are in the rain, or if you go swimming.
Natural Insect Repellent by DIY Natural
-2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: witch hazel or vodka
-2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds)
-½ teaspoon vodka as preservative (if not already using)
-100-110 drops essential oils
Sample Bug-Repelling Essential Oil Blend:
-55 drops lemon eucalyptus (reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects, but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)
-15 drops cedarwood
-15 drops lavender
-15 drops rosemary
Add carrier liquids to small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking). Add essential oils. Shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.
Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils:
Additional Tips and Warnings:
-As always with essential oils, women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a health practitioner before using.
-Extreme caution should be used when using essential oils on young children.
-Always perform a patch test to check for an allergic reaction before using an essential oil for the first time.
-Always label homemade products well.
-Dark-colored bottles work best for products containing essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place when not using.
Note: This natural homemade insect repellent is great for mosquitos, flies, and other annoying warm season bugs. Tweak to your liking and apply with confidence.
** Essential oils and extracts, carrier oils and waxes, containers for your DIY products and much more can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs.