how-to-make-all-natural-insect-repellantSummer is just around the corner, which means longer days, warmer weather and unfortunately more bugs. You may be tempted to slather on some store-bought bug spray when the invaders start to swarm, but these sprays are packed full of nasty and controversial chemicals (like DEET) that can be physically irritating and hazardous to your health. However, there are many essential oils that contain natural insecticidal compounds that are just as effective as their chemical-alternatives. Different oils repel different bugs, so it’s best to use a combination of oils to ward off different types of insects. Don’t let biting bugs keep you inside this season; instead, take a few minutes to whip up your own batch of all-natural bug spray that works just as well as the store-bought stuff!


  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive or neem oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vodka, as a preservative
  • 100 drops of essential oils (combination of 5 or more is best): try citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, lavendar, mint or cinnamon

Step 1:  Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle (4 ounces works well).

Step 2:  Shake well before each use. Natural repellant should be reapplied every few hours for best results.

Try experimenting with different combinations of essential oils, labeling each spray bottle so you can determine which mixture is your favorite. Create your own concoction or try one of the sample combinations below as a starting point.

Sample Essential Oil Blend #1:

  • 55 drops lemon euqalyptus oil (a great natural substitute for DEET, as reported by the CDC)
  • 15 drops cedarwood oil
  • 15 drops lavendar oil (mosquitos hate it!)
  • 15 drops rosemary oil

Sample Essential Oil Blend #2:

  • 30 drops euqalyptus oil
  • 15 drops rosemary oil
  • 15 drops lavendar oil
  • 15 drops clove oil
  • 15 drops cajeput oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon oil
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