I’m by no means an expert on essential oils OR homemade alternatives to conventional chemical-filled household products (yet) ;). But today I thought I’d share the recipe I came up with for a great-smelling, clean-feeling, quick + easy homemade bug spray.
I decided I wanted to make some for my sister before she left on her missions trip to Belize this summer, with only a few days left before her departure. Since I didn’t have time to order any oils that I didn’t already have on hand, this was my best effort at improvising + combining several other recipes I found online.
Here’s what I used: 10 drops of Purification (a blend that includes Citronella), 5 drops of Peppermint, and 5 drops of Thieves, in a 2-oz. glass spray bottle (glass because essential oils can actually permeate + erode plastic). I added Witch Hazel until the bottle was about half full, and poured distilled water the rest of the way to the top. Finishing touch: one of these cute labels. (Or these would be fun as well.)
Now I know you’re wondering, does this stuff actually work? We believe so! So far, we’ve put it to the test while camping and while biking along a creek. The bugs kept their distance! It helps to reapply regularly, but you have to do that with OFF!® too, right? I can’t stand the feeling of those sticky sprays, so I tended to just go without. But this stuff feels refreshing and evaporates quickly — AND smells pleasant! I love it.
Have you tried an all-natural insect repellent? What did you use and how did it work for you?