Spring is here and with spring comes warmer days, flowers, and bugs! While we really like studying insects and generally think they are pretty cool, we aren’t very keen on the itchy bites they leave behind when they visit and get a little too personal. To keep them at bay we make up our own bug spray using essential oils. This helps us stear clear of some of the harsh chemicals found in commercial sprays and makes us smell much better!
Follow the directions below to make your very own Bug Be Gone Spray!
20-30 drops essential oils (recommend oils: citronella, cedar wood, lavender, clove, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree, catnip, rose geranium)
2 oz glass spray bottle
2 oz distilled water or witch hazel
We have used a combination of the oils above and did some experimenting to find the blend we liked best. You can start with equal amounts of three or four oils and work from there adjusting the amount of each to fit your needs. For example, if eucalyptus is too strong reduce the number of drops and add more lavender. If you like to smell of lemongrass, add a few more drops to your blend. You really can make it personal because there are so many different oils that work to repel insects!
Citronella, lavender, and eucalyptus are a few of the most popular oils for bug blends and if you have ticks around rose geranium is great to add.
What to do:
Add the oils of your choice to the bottle.
Add your carrier (distilled water or witch hazel)
Shake before each use and spray on as needed.
If you would like to make a bigger batch simply use a bigger spray bottle and add more drops of oil accordingly.
Because essential oils are not as powerful as other commercial sprays that contain strong chemicals you may need to apply more often.
As with anything new test a small area of your skin before applying all over.
NOTE: Recommendations to use citrus oils can be found on the internet, but use caution when adding those oils because they can make skin extra sensitive to the sun.
Now, you can still get the occasional bite or sting even when using a spray.
If you do get a sting or bite apple cider vinegar followed by a dab of lemon or lavender essential oil works wonders to reduce swelling. I keep a roller bottle of apple cider vinegar and one of lemon in my pack for this very purpose.
Don’t let the bugs ruin your fun, just be prepared.