Its summer. Time for picnics, hikes, camping,swimming, and bugs. Time to whip out the insect repellent. Bug spray is one of the simplest things you can make, and a great way to eliminate one more source of unnecessary chemicals your life
Why make your own?
Natural insect repellent is easy to make.
You can tailor it to your own needs (think pets, children, aversions to certain smells).
It is natural and effective.
Citronella, yes or no?
When people think of bug spray they often think of Citronella. Memories of childhood waxy candles with an overpowering perfume are brought to mind. But research says Citronella is not actually that effective and can in fact be irritating for many skin types. However Citronella is derived from Lemongrass, which is considered to be an effective bug repellent.
My true love of insect repellent essential oils is hands down Eucalyptus combined with Lemongrass. Another essential oil that occupies a special spot in my heart for skin care purposes is Geranium which turns out is effective in repelling ticks.
Insect Repelling Essential Oils
Eucalyptus the essential oil known for sinus trouble and it’s menthol scent is a great ingredient for bug spray.
Lemongrass is known to repel ticks and mosquitos. It is also the plant from which citronella is derived.
Lavender essential, good for some many things, also makes the list for a great bug spray ingredient. (Is there nothing lavender cannot do?)
Geranium Essential Oil is another great essential for bug spray recipes. Research has suggested that it works in repelling ticks, fleas, and other flying insects. It has a strong floral scent and a little bit goes a long way. It blends well with Cedarwood.
Cedarwood Essential Oil along with pine is an earthy woodsy essential oil that also has a knack for repelling those biting bugs. It blends really well with Lavender and Geranium. This one is great for the undertone and contrast it gives to the floral scents. And of course because it works!
Peppermint Essential Oil and Spearmint Essential Oil are both great for repelling the creepers and crawlers. It is recommended that peppermint not be used on children under 2 years of age, but spearmint is fine.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is also a great bug repellent, I always include it any recipe I use. I feel like together with Eucalyptus they have a synergistic effect that makes a pretty powerful combination.
Bug Spray Recipe
This is the recipe I use, it is an all purpose bug spray. Meaning its has essential oils that repel fleas, ticks, lice, and mosquitos.
These were the oils that I felt intuitively needed to be blended together, they go well together, and compliment each other’s strengths. I suggest you do the same when formulating, get quiet inside and feel out which essential oils are the ones for you to use, which ones are stepping forward and offering their medicine.
Remember you are making magic!
Natural Insect Repellent Essential Oil Recipe
10 drop Eucalyptus
10 drops Lemongrass
5 drop Geranium
5 drops Tea Tree
4oz Witch Hazel
Combine in a 4oz spray bottle.
Shake before use. Spray on skin or clothing, and avoid contact with eyes.
And label your bottle!! Label it with the ingredients and the date.
Word to the wise;
Make sure to test a patch of skin for sensitivities or allergies before applying.
Applying to clothing only if you are sensitive.
Consult a doctor before using if you are pregnant before using any bug repellent, natural or not.
Have suggestions on a recipe that you have used or other essential oils that you have found to be effective, please share your knowledge!!
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