OG and I have had a great summer exploring outside, swimming and feeding our chickens but with all of that time outside (and her apparently irresistible flesh!) I’ve had to cover her in bug spray every second that she is outside.
Essential oils vary in price and some can be quite expensive so I tried to come up with a blend that would be less expensive to buy but still effective.
The recipe I came up with is excellent for keeping ticks away and works great for mosquitoes and flies too. It also smells nice!
Homemade Bug Spray
(Great for ticks and DEET-free!)
What you need:
- 12 drops of each essential oil (I buy high quality oils here)
- Oregano (or Peppermint for adults and children over 6 years)
- 1 oz (raw) apple cider vinegar
- Distilled water
- 4 oz opaque spray bottle
What you do:
Mix all ingredients in the spray bottle. Apply liberally to exposed skin and clothing before going outside. I tend to put it mostly on clothing instead of skin since the concentration is a bit higher than I would normally use on my skin.
-other possible essential oils to repel insects: Citronella, Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint, Sassafras, and Thyme.
-If using on children be aware that peppermint EO is not recommended for children or pregnant women. Always check with your doctor if this is safe for you and your family.
Short on time or don’t want to spend money on all those essential oils?
I feel you. Here’s another option that is 100% nontoxic and 100% awesome. Pronounce bug spray is handcrafted by Jess at Scratch Mommy. I love her products and think you will too!
What natural bug repellent do you use?