It is bug season and I should have shared this DIY essential oil bug spray recipe at the beginning of summer, it is still not too late to make your own. I hate bug sprays and the chemicals that are in them, so I decided to make my own with this recipe and I am very happy with how it works.
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I am a magnet for mosquitos, just ask Mr. DD. He claims that I am his bug spray. We will be side by side and I will get multiple bites and he will have zero as long as I am next to him. I know a lot of you out there are just like me. Those pesky mosquitos love my scent!
The first time I used my new bug spray was sitting outside on our deck and Mr. DD said we need to go in, I am getting bit. What, wait, you are getting bites and I have not! It works and I am not using those nasty chemical-laden bug sprays ever again!
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This is such a simple recipe and a little goes a long way. I will need to make a few bottles so I can have one at home and carry one in my purse. I recommend using glass bottles for all your essential oils. They keep better in the glass as the essential oil can break down the plastic compounds and that defeats the purpose of using an essential oil if it has plastic compounds in it. I used these 2-ounce amber glass bottles because it is best to use dark bottles.
- 2 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Distilled Water
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 15 drops Clove Essential Oil
Add all ingredients into a small dark glass spray bottle.
Shake before each use.
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There are many different combinations of essential oils that you can use for your bug spray. I used these 3 since this is what I had on hand and they all repel bugs.
Different oils repel different bugs, so it’s best to use a combination of essential oils to ward off several types of bugs.
Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine
Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano
I hope you have a bug-free summer and enjoy this homemade essential oil bug spray.
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