Living in the woods of Vermont we rely on bug spray. At certain times of the year you can get eaten alive by the bugs when working outside. Even in the evening when my husband and I take our walk the bugs can be bad. It is so easy to make your own bug spray. I have been making our own bug spay for years and I am so pleased with how well it works. It’s a nice feeling to know that this bug spray will be effective against the bugs while at the same time not harming your skin.
I have purchased essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs in the past, but recently I started using Young Living essential oils. With a few additions my basic bug spray has improved! Try making your own bug spray, it is so much better for you than commercial bug spray. There really is no reason to spray toxins on your skin.
My original recipe included the following ingredients:
Lemongrass essential oil
Geranium essential oil
Citronella essential oil
The directions were easy, insert a small funnel into your spray bottle and fill the bottle with witch hazel. Leave about one inch of headspace.
Then add approximately 25 drops of each of citronella essential oil and lemongrass essential oil, plus approximately 15 drops of geranium essential oil.
Remove the funnel and replace with the sprayer cap, shake the bottle and it is now ready to use!
My new recipe is very similar, however I am now adding several additions including tea tree oil, lavender and peppermint.
To a 2oz spray bottle add the following:
10 drops of citronella essential oil
10 drops of lemongrass essential oil
10 drops of tea tree essential oil
6 drops of geranium esssentialoil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
Fill up the remainder of the bottle with a 50:50 mixture of alcohol free witch hazel and water. Shake and you are ready to go!
Do you make your own bug spray? What sort of ingredients do you use and are they effective?