Are you looking for an all natural homemade bug spray? Ditch the Deet, tell those nasty sprays with toxic chemicals to Bug Off, and make your own natural and safe repellent blend!
Summer is such a fun time for camping, hiking, swimming, barbecues, picnics and outside fun! It would be a perfect situation except for being bothered by pesky mosquitoes and worrying about not just bug bites, but the diseases they carry such as West Nile virus or Lyme. I’m all about natural options and this homemade bug spray and can help protect you and your loved ones from bites this summer!
I don’t think I need to tell you why DEET and synthetic bug sprays are a bad idea. There are studies that have proven their neurotoxicity and that means they should not be applied to small children!
Let’s look to nature!
Plants can repel bugs, so that’s where I go for my natural repellent. For an easy plant based option, I turn to my handy essential oils because they are an inexpensive, natural, and easy tool to use to make up my own homemade bug repellent spray.
Because oils are so versatile, there are many options to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites oils and blends that have been reported to be very successful: Note: If you don’t have these oils, I will provide a link to view them and purchasing information at the bottom of this post.
Insect Repelling Oils:
Ready Made Blend:
The oil company I use has a repellent blend that is great for some general insect fighting power! This blend contains a variety of oils with repellent properties. My kids and I think it smells like bananas and they enjoy rolling it onto their skin (it comes already mixed with coconut oil) or you can put a spray top on the bottle for easy application. As with any natural option, it does need to be reapplied regularly to be effective.
There are many other essential oils with repellent properties, including the following:
Lemon (do not use prior to sun exposure)
Clove (this is a hot oil, so dilute appropriately)
Orange (do not use prior to sun exposure)
How to use oils as a repellent:
You can create a blend by combining several different oils together and diluting them with either a carrier oil (for application to the skin) or witch hazel or water to apply it as a mist to the whole body and clothing. I buy bottles like this for easy mixing and spray application. Remember that when using essential oils you should store them in glass or a PET grade plastic. You also may want to apply another oil to your wrists, neck, or the top of the head for some extra protection.
“My weeding chore filled 2 garbage cans this morning! My homemade insect repellent was 100% effective! I really pushed the test by standing in the thick of the weeds that stood 2 feet high! Not one bug bite!” -Kim
Homemade Bug Spray Repellent Blend
- 55 drops repellent blend
- 25 drops cleansing blend
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
Combine in a 6 ounce glass spray bottle and top off with water. Shake before using. Spray all over body and reapply every 1-2 hours or as needed.
Let’s talk about ticks!
If you live in an area that has a lot of ticks (like I do in Northern Virginia) you will definitely want to look at natural tick protection! Cedarwood essential oil: is an excellent option by itself or combined with other repellent oils together in a spray. In this study cedarwood was found to not only repel ticks, it also killed them! “Black-legged tick nymphs exhibited dosage-dependent mortality when exposed to cedrol and at the highest dosage (i.e., 6.3 mg/ml) tested, the cedrol killed 100% of the ticks. These repellency and toxicity results together demonstrate a clear potential for the use of CWO (Cedar Wood Oil)as a pest control agent.” Lavender essential oil: was also studied and reported to be effective at repelling ticks. There are many essential oil options and the most challenging decision is simply which oils to use!
My favorite Bug & Tick Spray blend:
- 55 drops Repellent Blend
- 30 drops Cedarwood
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
Combine in a 6 ounce glass spray bottle and top off with water. Shake before using. Spray all over body and reapply every 1-2 hours or as needed. For ticks be sure to spray on the hair and around the neck and waistband. Please remember that there is no bug spray that will remove the need for frequent tick checks each day!
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What do you use as a natural bug repellent?
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