My husband and I have not purchased bug spray in years. YEARS. We’ve been making our own, and loving it. In fact, we love it so much you can often hear us talking about it… and each Spring friends request our recipe, or ask for some extra, or just have us make them up a batch.
There are a few variations of how you can make your own, depending on preference.
Good, bug-repelling essential oils include:
Feel free to use any of these oils, together or separately. I went years with only using lavender oil as my bug repellant. However, in the last two years it has seemed as though Lavender has not been strong enough for me anymore.
My husband prefers to make our batches of bug spray using Lemon Eucalyptus. Studies have shown that it is just as effective as DEET for repelling mosquitos, however it does not last as long (so reapply as needed!). You’ll notice that we purchase our Lemon Eucalyptus from Mountain Rose Herbs. This is because Young Living does not sell Lemon Eucalyptus. We trust the quality of Mountain Rose Herbs and have been very happy with their product.
And on to the recipe!
- 4oz glass spray bottle
- epsom salt or witch hazel
- approximately 20-50 drops of your preferred oils from above (you can order all of them here, except the Lemon Eucalyptus)
*Note that there is such a large range of how many drops you can put in: this is because it’s really based on your preference and how strong you’d like the repellant. If you make it too strong at first, you can always pour some into a second bottle and then fill each the rest of the way with water.
Directions: Put 1 tsp. of epsom salt (or witch hazel) into the 4 oz bottle (you may need to use a funnel). Put in your choice of essential oils. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. Shake gently.
To Use: Spray liberally all over body. To do your face, spray into your hands and then rub on your face. Avoid your eyes. If applying to young children, spray into your hands first and rub onto their body/clothing.
*We tend to avoid using most products with our children when they are very young infants, and our homemade products are no different. If your baby is younger than 4 months I would suggest just making sure she is covered either by clothing or blanket to avoid bug bites instead of using bug repellant. However, I am not a medical professional and cannot make claims either way, so please consult with your own care provider if concerned about using essential oils with your young child.
Young Living has also recently released their own Bug Repellant! It’s so brand new, I haven’t yet received it to try it. Check it out here!