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How to Make Your Own Bug Spray

Filed Under: Health Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Ysolt Usigan

When summertime rolls in, so do the mosquitoes and other biting pests. If you’re looking to protect your skin without resorting to harsh chemicals, try DIY bug spray!

Benefits of Homemade Bug Spray

That’s right, you can totally make your own bug spray using natural ingredients (like apple cider vinegar and witch hazel) and essential oils. And the best part is, your homemade solution can also nourish your skin while it repels. Plus, it’ll smell better than traditional bug sprays!

Essential Oils That Repel Insects

“Many essential oils have properties that are known for repelling insects,” says Jessica Klingbaum, certified aromatherapy specialist. Consider using the following for your homemade concoction: arborvitae, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clove, geranium, lemongrass, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary and thyme.

There are also some oils that are said to be more effective in repelling specific kinds of insects, Klingbaum adds. For example, citronella, peppermint, lemon, lemongrass, geranium and lavender repel mosquitoes. Grapefruit, juniper berry, thyme and oregano can keep ticks at bay. For spiders, you can use peppermint, melaleuca, eucalyptus and cinnamon.

Vanilla is a great addition to any bug spray because it not only will make it more effective, it’ll also add a nice aroma, Klingbaum says.

Klingbaum warns that essential oils are volatile and aromatic compounds can dissipate fairly quickly. “It’s very important to have a fixative ingredient, like fractionated coconut oil, to help keep the essential oils on the skin longer,” she says. Doing so will then help to increase the efficacy of the bug spray and help it last longer.

DIY Bug Spray Recipe

Ready to make your own bug spray? Here’s a recipe from Klingbaum, founder of Start with a 4-ounce bottle. Add 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil and 2 ounces of distilled water. Then, add 30-40 drops of essential oils in any blend that you prefer from the list above. And voila! It’s that easy!

2 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Bug Spray”

  1. Adrienne Richardson says:

    If you tell people they can just spray on cinnamon oil to repel bugs, it’s bad advice. The cinnamon oil will burn the skin.

  2. Mrs I read the whole article says:

    If you read the article at the bottom. It states to blend oils, water and coconut oil. Hello !!

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