Stuff You Can Make Yourself: Bug Spray


Well, it’s that time of year.  Skeeter weather.  Oh, we’re grilling and setting off firecrackers and engaging in all kinds of fun summery hijinx, but somehow the phrase “eaten alive” comes up more than one would hope.

So here’s my solution.  This recipe is different from my others, because the essential oils are what really make it happen.  And this time we’ll use a blend of three or more essential oils, which can be found in most health food stores.  Here we go!

In a small spray bottle, combine:

1 1/2 to 2 cups distilled water
2 Tablespoons witch hazel
1 Tablespoon rubbing alcohol (or absolute vodka, if you like)
2 Tablespoons sweet almond oil (or olive if it’s handy)
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil
1/2 teaspoon cedarwood essential oil

Shake before each use!

All those essential oils are great for repelling buggies.  You can replace the lemongrass with lavender or rosemary if you like, but I like the combination above.  The cedarwood will be the strongest, but that’s the more potent against the buggies.  Other good insect repelling essential oils include citronella and catnip (yes, catnip).

As with anything that goes in or on the body, pay attention to any allergies you or your family might have here!

Now go outside and play!

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