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All-Natural Bug Spray

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 3 comments

All-Natural Bug Spray

The field I play ultimate Frisbee on every week is home to the biggest mosquitoes I’ve ever seen. After the first game, I knew I needed to arm myself with bug spray the next week.

For a camping trip last year I bought an all-natural bug spray which worked without smelling terrible and toxic like regular bug spray. This year, I decided to make my own.

The project is simple – combine plant oils that naturally repel bugs, put them in a spray bottle and apply.

So what plants don’t mosquitoes like? Cedar, citronella (lemon balm), clove, eucalyptus,  lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rose geranium, spearmint, rosemary and tea tree.

Combine one or more essential oils from those plants with witch hazel to make an all-natural bug spray.

Witch Hazel can be found at most pharmacies (I picked up a bottle for $3.29 at Target) and the oils can often be purchased at natural food stores or co-ops.

I chose those three essential oils because I had them on hand but you can use any combination to suit your needs or sense of smell.

To repel mosquitoes around your house, you can also grow any of those plants in your yard.

All-Natural Bug Spray
Keep mosquitoes away with your own, customizable bug spray. Follow the recipe exactly or substitute the essential oils with cedar, citronella (lemon balm), clove, lemongrass, peppermint, rose geranium, spearmint and/or rosemary.
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  1. 3.5 ounces witch hazel (just under a half a cup)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon tea tree essential oil
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake before using because the oils will separate from the witch hazel.
  1. Makes 4 ounces.
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Kim is an eco enthusiast who tries to make small changes that will add up and make a difference.

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  1. Cathy Harland

    I’m very interseted in this web-site, they have some great ideas; Thank You

  2. Ben

    That, I didn’t know. I have an ample supply of lemon balm. I’ll give it a try.

    • Kim

      Great! Let us know how it works out. I’ve read it’s best to mix a few scents together so if you have anything else on hand (or even fresh plants you can infuse into the mix) that may make it a little stronger. But if you use fresh plants, the shelf life will be shorter.

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