Repel those pesky bugs!

It’s easy to make your own bug spray. By now you have heard about the dangers of using DEET sprays. If you have not heard about that, please don’t use DEET, especially on your children. A quick bit of your own research will explain why. Instead harness the power of plants in essential oil form to repel all types of bugs. Many plants repel bugs ranging from mosquitos to ticks. In this recipe, you will find the top essential oils pulled from the scientific literature. This recipe is also quick and easy! If you don’t have time to you make your own, grab some from my product line.

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DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray


  • Pure witch hazel
  • filtered water
  • vegetable glycerin
  • choose 3-4 essential oils known to repel bugs
    • Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus, Geranium, Clove, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedarwood
  • 4 ounce spray bottle


  • Rule of thumb is to add twice as many essential oil drops as ounces. So if you have a 4 ounce container, you will add 8 drops of each chosen essential oil. For a stronger bug spray, you can quadruple the drops rule of thumb (e.g. for a 4 oz container, add 16 drops of each chosen essential oil). Once you have chosen 3-4 single essential oils from the list above, add drops to your bottle.
  • Drizzle in about 1 teaspoon of glycerin. This helps the bug spray bind to your skin for longer instead of vaporizing immediately into the air (i.e. makes it work for a longer length of time).
  • Fill the remaining bottle with half water, half witch hazel.
  • Shake and spray! That’s it!

Child-friendly essential oil blend: Lemon Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemongrass, and Lavender.

Don’t worry! This recipe does not stain clothes either. And it smells MUCH BETTER than citronella-based sprays (works better too). Spray liberally all over your body and clothes. Reapply often.

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