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Essential Oil Bug Spray Recipes!
Now that summer is in full swing and many of our days are spent outdoors, we find ourselves fighting pesky stinging and biting insects. And, as you know dealing with these pesky little critters can hamper the outdoor fun of the summertime! Furthermore, finding natural alternatives to the commercial bug sprays can be difficult and even disheartening when they aren’t effective. Also, this can especially be true when these sprays are not considered safe for use on our children. In my search, I found a few bug spray recipes that have worked well for me and my family (and a few of my friends too!). I use these sprays in the evening when my children are outside playing, when I work in my garden and when we go camping.
Below are three recipes for Essential oil bug spray. I have used them all and have had effective results with each one. The first recipe happens to be my favorite but depending on the brand of oils and what you have in stock, any of these are effective and will work!
- ¼ tsp of Sea Salt or Epsom Salt
- 10 drops of Lemongrass
- 10 drops of Citronella
- 10 drops of Purification (Young Living) or [eafl id=”251″ name=”Avocado oil” text=”Avocado oil”] (if you use doTerra, Rocky Mountain Oil or Edens Garden)
- 10 drops of Peppermint
In a 4 oz. spray bottle add oils then fill the rest with Distilled Water or a 50:50 blend of Distilled Water and Witch Hazel. Then, Mix together and BOOM you’re ready for the outdoors!
- 4 drops [eafl id=”243″ name=”Citronella” text=”Citronella”] (Don’t now where to buy, click links!)
- 4 drops of [eafl id=”244″ name=”Lemongrass” text=”Lemongrass”]
- 4 drops of [eafl id=”245″ name=”Rosemary” text=”Rosemary”]
- 4 drops of [eafl id=”246″ name=”Eucalyptus” text=”Eucalyptus”]
- 4 drops of [eafl id=”247″ name=”Peppermint” text=”Peppermint”]
In a 2 oz. spray bottle add the oils and ¼ cup of Witch Hazel and mix together.
- 10 drops of [eafl id=”248″ name=”Lavendar” text=”Lavender”]
- 7 drops of [eafl id=”249″ name=”Tea Tree” text=”Tea Tree”]
- 7 Drops of Peppermint
- 7 Drops of Lemongrass
- 8 oz. of [eafl id=”251″ name=”Avocado oil” text=”Avocado oil”] (or other carrier oil)
Finally, add oils, then top off with carrier oil. Put it in a glass spray bottle and mix.
As I mentioned earlier, all these recipes are effective and I have tried them all. I personally like the witch hazel versions the best because they don’t leave my skin feeling sticky or oily. Go ahead give one of them a try, then drop me a line and tell me what you think!