This might surprise you but I hate bugs. I do. I hate them flying in my face, landing on me, biting me, and crawling on me and just about everything about them. When we camp, I do not leave home without a few things because of my dislike for bugs. Which yes, I know, exist for a good reason. I just like them to stay away from me. Come on, who really likes to itch a bug bite or have a spider crawling up their leg.


This is why I come prepared and ready to ward off the little devils.

Essential oil recipes to keep away bugs

  1. Peppermint oil. My go-to for keeping the spiders and flies away. I fill a spray bottle with water and add 10 drops of peppermint oil. If I use a big spray bottle, I add more drops. I want to make sure it smells nice and minty. I shake and then spray around cracks and crevices in the camper. I spray the door jams and windows good. I want to keep those spiders out. If flies are a problem, I spray around the trash, and other areas that they are bothersome.
  2. Eucalyptus and citronella oil. Fill a mason jar with water and add 10 drops of each oil. Add a floating candle and light. Not only is this great picnic table décor but it keeps those mosquitoes away.
  3. Lavender and citronella oil. To help keep the annoying bugs off us, I fill a 4-ounce spray bottle with half witch hazel and half water. I add 10 drops of each oil, shake and spray on clothing. A bonus, the kiddos smell good and it covers up the campfire smell.
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If the pesky bugs win and suck our blood…I’m prepared. I fill a roller bottle with Jojoba oil (great for sensitive skin) and 6 drops of tea tree oil (helps with itching and irritation) and 6 drops of lavender oil (soothes).  After the skin has been cleaned we just roll a little of this over our bite to help soothe and stop the itching. It’s a great solution.

Keep bugs away with essential oils

For more information on essential oils and their uses visit these great recipes and links from my partner, Now Foods:

Essential Oils Chart


Essential Oil Recipes

Caution: NOW® Essential Oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to the skin. Avoid direct contact with skin and always dilute essential oils before topical use. Discontinue if rash appears after skin contact. Not for internal use. Avoid contact with eyes. Consult healthcare practitioner before using if pregnant/nursing

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