It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer by the day, afternoon rains are setting in and plants are in full bloom all are a invitation for bugs to start larking around, especially those nasty mosquitoes. There have been times that we can’t even sit outside in the evening because the bugs are so bad and it kills me. I spend countless hours on my garden and yard to make it beautiful for the season only to enjoy from the inside. Well, not anymore!!
Since using essential oils I’ve made countless DIY versions of my favorite cleaners and household products. It only seemed logical to make a DIY non-toxic bug spray too. Why not just use commercial brands? Most commercial brands have DEET and other harmful chemicals that I don’t want on my body, especially my kids. If you haven’t heard how bad DEET is for you then let me give you the short and sweet version. DEET is a registered pesticide. DEET contains toluene which is a solvent used in rubber and plastic cements and paint removers. Bug spray containing DEET absorbs through your skin and into your blood stream which can induce significant neurobehavioral deficits and neuronal degeneration in the brain. You can read more on the hazardous effects of DEET here.
Making a DIY insect & bug spray is easy, inexpensive and a healthier alternative than using a chemical filled product. Thank goodness I discovered the power of essential oils and their ability to deter bugs not only for your body but home as well.
Here are the main ingredients you need to fill a 4oz spray bottle
* 1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
* 1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
* 1/4 Cup Distilled Water
50 drops of each LEMON and EUCALYPTUS oils are a good alternative to DEET but not recommended for children under 3 years old.
20 drops of CITRONELLA
I’ve also made a mixture of peppermint, lavender and purification which are all found in the PSK that works well too.
15 drops of PEPPERMINT
15 drops of LAVENDER
15 drops of PURIFICATION
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Regardless of what recipe you use, place everything in the spray bottle and shake well before using. It’s best to reapply every few hours for best results. For women pregnant or nursing it’s always best to consult a doctor before using. It’s always best to apply a small amount on a one part of your body to test for a allergic reaction and be cautious when applying spray to young children.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.