Essential Oil Bug Spray

Happy Independence Day weekend!  If your holiday festivities are anything like mine, you have been spending a ton of time outdoors this weekend.  And as much as I love being in nature, I do not love bug bites.  With the rise of Lyme Disease and other bug carrying illnesses in the Northeast, it is imperative that you apply some sort of bug spray when you spent a ton of time outdoors.

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Trouble is, commercial bug sprays are terrible for the environment and to human health.  DEET, a major component to most bug sprays, is categorized as mildly toxic.  But thankfully you have other options.  Next time you are spending the day outside, try this bug spray made of essential oils.

Recently, I test drove this recipe at a weekend-long ourdoor music festival and a day at a national park. Not a single bug bite! Plus I got a ton of compliments on the scent. 

Note: because this recipe is such a concentrated  combination of essential oils, it shouldn’t be sprayed directly on your skin.  Instead spray it on your clothes and shoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 atomizer bottle
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops citronella essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 1-2 drops cedar essential oil
  • Witch hazel
  • White vinegar 
  • Water 
  • 1-2 citrine chips

Add the oils to the bottom of the atomizer.  Fill to the shoulder with equal parts witch hazel, white vintage, and water, add the citrine chips, and cap.  Spray liberally on clothes and shoes, NOT directly on the skin.

© Ariadne Woods

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