It's that time of year and we've been all about bug repellent on the site lately because I feel like our family is being attacked every time we walk outside. I spotted this oh-so-cool Natural Mosquito Repellent recipe on One Good Thing and I thought I would give it a try. As it turns out, it works!
I do want to mention a couple of things first though. This is an all natural, chemical free repellent which means you may need to reapply it a little more than the chemical version. Also, when mixing, be sure to use gloves. Hold on, before you skim that sentence, let me say it again BE SURE TO USE GLOVES. Why? You will be mixing essential oils which is just fine but getting all those oils all over your hands without diluting them can have some odd effects.
We did this recipe for a news segment and I did not use gloves (only b/c they didn't look cute on TV) and it wasn't too good. The smells are very overpowering when not diluted and I accidently spilled it onto my hands so I had very strong smelling oils on my hands which absorbed quickly. Let's just say I didn't feel too good after that for at least 2 hours.
Ok, now that you have your gloves on, you are ready for the next step.
2 Cups of Witch Hazel (I bought this at Walgreens)
15 Drops of Citronella Oil
15 Drops of Lemongrass Oil
5 Drops of Lavender Oil
5 Drops of Peppermint Oil
Directions: Pour the witch hazel into a bowl and mix in the essential oils. Then, simply pour into a spray bottle and give yourself a spritz before you go outside. Shake the bottle well before you use it again to keep it all stirred up.
Essential oils can be purchased at health food stores, these are NOT fragrance oils. There is a difference, be sure to pick up good quality oils too-don't cheap out. Even though you'll pay for them upfront, they'll last a very long time and are well worth the investment.
Chemical free bug repellant run from $12-$25 but you can make this for about 6 bucks. Enjoy!