Warmer weather means that more bugs will be around. No one wants to be bothered by pesky bugs and insects. Some people are especially sensitive to the sting and bite of specific bugs and it can be dangerous for them to encounter them. Bug Spray can help keep the pests at bay, but most contain so many harmful chemicals that you would almost be better off not using them at all, and just taking your chances with the bugs.
There are natural solutions you can use to keep the bugs away! Some natural solutions don’t seem to help as well, but this is my tried and true recipe, and it’s what works best for me and my family! It uses essential oils as well as some awesome carrier oils that are safe for your skin. This bug spray not only works, but smells fantastic, and is actually great for your skin! No one likes the smell of store-bought bug spray, but no one will complain about applying this recipe to their skin this summer!
This recipe is pretty simple to make, and if you’re an essential oil user, you probably already have these ingredients on hand. I love this combination of oils, because they blend so nicely and actually smell great together. If you’ve never used Witch Hazel before, it’s awesome. It’s a must have for mixing oils together. It enables you to mix the oils together with other solutions without the oils floating to the top of the mixture in the bottle.
Ingredients to Make Your Homemade Bug Spray
2 oz Jojoba Oil or Almond Oil
3 oz Witch Hazel
10 drops Citronella essential oil
10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
6 oz spray bottle
Use a funnel at the top of your bottle to make pouring the ingredients into your bottle simple, so you don’t spill any on your counters. Pour all your ingredients into the spray bottle using the funnel. Shake to mix well. Store the bottle in a cool dry place. Apply the bug spray as needed to all exposed body parts. Be sure to avoid the eyes, and sensitive areas.
Since this mixture is diluted using a carrier oil, it’s safe to use on children and adults. I like to split the batch between three, 2-ounce bottles, and keep them handy for on-the-go. I stick one in my purse when I know we will be out and about for the day. Often, during the summer, I will keep one in a compartment in my car since it’s stored in the garage and stays cool, so I can easily grab it out if the need arises. A 2-ounce bottle can also be taken on a plane as well, if you’re traveling this summer.
Make your own bug spray this summer and keep the pests away in a natural way. Skip all the store-bought chemicals, and use nature to combat those annoying bugs. Plus, who wants to smell like store-bought bug spray anyway?