Herbal Insect Repellent
Use this oil every day when bugs are at their worst. As a bonus, your skin will be soft, conditioned, and pleasantly fragranced.
1/2 cup soybean base oil (it has natural insect-repellent properties)
15 drops each of the following essential oils: lemongrass, geranium, catnip
10 drops basil or eucalyptus essential oil.
Add all ingredients directly to a spray bottle. Gently roll the bottle to blend ingredients. Allow it to synergize for 1 hour. For maximum potency, please store the blend away from light and heat and use within 12 months. Be sure to roll the bottle well before each use. You may also want use this herbal oil-based repellent as a bath oil, scalp massage oil and all-purpose body moisturizing oil.
Lemon Insect Repellent (Caution: This blend may stain white or light colored clothing.)
2 cups witch hazel
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
20 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Gently roll to blend. Again for maximum potency, store the blend away from light and heat and use within 12 months. Gently roll bottle before each use. Apply liberally to skin as needed. Caution: This blend may stain white or light colored clothing.
The Best Herbal Remedy Bug Repellent
3 ounces witch hazel
25 drops citronella oil
25 drops geranium oil
25 drops cedar wood oil
25 drops eucalyptus oil
Put all ingredients into bottle and gently roll to blend.
The Drunken Mosquito Bug Repellent Spray
2 ½ teaspoons total of any combination of the following essential oils: basil, cedar wood, citronella, juniper, lemon, myrrh, pine, rose geranium and/or rosemary.
1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol.
Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. You may pour it into a spray bottle if you prefer. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin or dab it on clothing. Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your body chemistry. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to fine-tune the fragrance.