Here comes the sun! The rain has finally stopped here in Minnesota, however, after a spring as wet as this one we are no doubt going to be left with a summer full of bugs and flying pests! Over the years, my preference has been to OPT OUT of the chemical-filled bug sprays (DEET has always freaked me out).
Now that I have my son to think about (and as much as we love being outdoors), I felt it was time to actively repel insects, without harmful chemicals. Turns out it’s super simple to make your on concoction! Just pick a carrier oil and add essential oils based on what insects you want to repel!
- 4oz blue glass spray bottle – $2.99 at Whole Foods
- 1/2 Cup Organic Sunflower Oil – left over from my homemade lip balm
- 30 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil – repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies, ants
- 30 drops Citronella Essential Oil – repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies, ants
Simply measure and mix. Done! I used my handy Pyrex measuring cup with the spout so I could easily pour the potion into my jar. Just spray onto your skin and rub in.
Substitution: Replace the Carrier Oil (sunflower oil) with Vodka or Witch Hazel for better “spray action” and a try bug spray that can be used on clothes, etc.
You need a dark bottle and/or store in a dark place. Use or replace within a few months.
Thanks for reading,