Mosquitoes are just about to pack me out here where we live. They are horrible this year. Our poor daughter looks like her ankles are covered with one giant mosquito bite! They got to her before I realized they were out and biting. But no more! I’ve created a DIY Bug Spray with Essential Oils recipe that repels all the nasties. It works on mosquitoes, flies, ticks and more!
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NOTE: As with any product, supplement, etc, always use with caution and please do research before using! Essential oils are VERY concentrated and some may interfere with certain medications and health conditions. For instance, I have high blood pressure and need to be careful when using rosemary essential oil. So, please, do your research before use and use with caution. With that said, essential oils can be an amazing addition to your health and wellness and natural home. This is in no way intended to be used as medical advice and we cannot be held responsible for your results.
These oils are safe for kids 10+, BUT I’d personally cut the amount of oils in half when using on children.
What I love about this DIY bug spray is that it is natural. It doesn’t contain the harsh nasty chemicals like DEET and other things, but it still repels really well. We use it out in the woods and come away bite free!
It uses naturally repelling oils you may already know about like citronella essential oil, peppermint essential oil and lemongrass essential oil. It also contains cedarwood (Himalayan) essential oil, lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil. Because I have high blood pressure and rosemary may increase it, I occasionally leave it out, but, since I’m not using it daily or for long periods of time, AND it really helps repel bugs, I usually add it and have done fine. Keep an eye on how you do with it or simply leave it out.
This recipe uses a high proof alcohol (I prefer Everclear due to little to no fragrance) as well as witch hazel. The alcohol acts as a preservative as well as a carrier for the oils. It also help the oils to solubilize and immerse into the witch hazel for less separation and needing to shake.
There is also one available from Simply Earth called Natural Solubilizer. (get a $50 voucher for $10 off their first 5 months of their subscription box with this code: CRYSTALM5015 ) These products blend the oils and witch hazel together so you don’t have to shake. You can basically just spray and go, although I do still give it a slight shake before using out of habit. Both are used similarly, although the one from Aromatics can just be added with everything else. You don’t have to mix it with the oils separately like the Simply Earth instructions say to do. I use whichever one I have on hand. I tend to use Simply Earth or Rocky Mountain Oils more often though.
This recipe makes a 4 oz bottle. Feel free to cut the ingredients in half or even 4ths if you just want to test it out. I, typically, make the 4 oz and then divide it into smaller bottles so I have one in our vehicle, one at home and travel sized ones for my purse, as shown in the photo. (15ml spray bottle and a 10 ml roll-on) But, you do you boo, and make it how you prefer! 😁
DIY Bug Spray With Essential Oils Recipe
- 40 drops Citronella Essential Oil
- 20 drops Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 5 ml Solubol (Dispersant), OPTIONAL
- 1 TBSP Everclear 190, or high proof vodka
- 4 oz Witch Hazel
- Add all essential oils to a 4 oz glass or PET plastic bottle
- Add Solubol (Dispersant) if using and swirl to mix
- Add Everclear and swirl to mix
- Top bottle off with (approx.) 4 oz witch hazel
- Shake to mix
- Apply to clothes and skin (avoiding face and eyes) before going outdoors
Technically safe for kids 10+ BUT I'd, personally, cut amount of oils in half when using on kids. Several of these oils also carry warnings for those with health issues. PLEASE do your research before using any oils, herbal supplements, etc...
This product keeps for several weeks due to the addition of a high proof alcohol. If it becomes extra cloudy or shows signs of mold, pour out, disinfect your bottle and make a new batch.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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Links to purchase these oils on Rocky Mountain Oils:
- Citronella Essential Oil
- Cedarwood (Himalayan) Essential Oil
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
Hot this summer? Check out our recipe for a Peppermint Cooling Spray as well!
Crystal is a stay-at-home- mom, living in KY with her husband and children. She is a travel and lifestyle blogger encouraging folks to live their life one adventure at a time while also focusing on beauty, essential oils and health. From time to time she also likes to showcase her adorable pets along with her family. Along with Cinnamon Hollow she can be found at The Martin Family Adventure … read more