I hate bug spray. It smells awful and it’s full of nasty chemicals, like DEET.  I dislike bug bites too and I always manage to get them on my ankles or in hard to scratch spots. My kids are magnets for the blood suckers and swell up like balloons.  To avoid the chemicals and big red bumps I’ve taken to making my own homemade bug spray and it’s easy to make, works and smells good! I read about this in some natural living magazine or book a few years back and finally decided to give it a try and have adapted the recipe to work for my family.

What you need:

  • Clean spray bottle
  • Essential oil(s) of our choice, from your local health store made for skin: lavender, lemongrass or citronella
  • Olive Oil or Witch Hazel

Directions:

  • Mix 12 tablespoons of either olive oil or witch hazel with 1 ½ tablespoons of essential oil or 12 drops. The more you use the stronger the scent so adapt for your liking.  Feel free to mix the essential oils together or just use one. You can also add water if the solution is too strong or thick.
  • Shake well and apply.

Note: Olive oil is a little greasy and will need to be rubbed in and the witch hazel can sting the eyes so be cautious when spraying.

This takes only a few minutes and with ingredients that together cost less than $10 you can make multiple spray bottles that will last you throughout the summer. Just mix as needed.  For another great recipe check out Wellness Mama’s DIY bug repellent.