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Homemade Insect Repellent Spray Recipe Using Essential Oils

Updated on August 8, 2014

Bug Spray for the Whole Family

Nobody likes wreaking of chemicals. They are unsafe for you and your children, not to mention costly. And how many times have you bought bug spray just to use and lose it in one camping trip?

Here, I would like to tell you how to make good smelling bug spray at home using natural ingredients. You can adjust the batch to suit your needs and the mixture lasts up to six months.

Quick Reference

Ticks, chiggers, and deer flies:

  • Tea tree oil

Mosquitoes and black flies:

  • Citronella
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

Essential Oils

We all know that citronella keeps those pesky bugs away, but did you know it is an essential oil? Generally speaking, oils in the citrus and mint family effectively repel bugs, but you can add other oils within the same family to customize the scent to your liking.

Not to freak ya out but uh.....

This is an uplifting scent to keep you alert

  • 8 oz. spray bottle Carrier oil, jojoba, olive, almond or coconut oil
  • 12 drops lemon or lemongrass
  • 6 drops eucalyptus
  • 2 drops citronella

This combo helps with headaches and nausea as well

  • 8 oz. spray bottle and same carrier oils
  • 15 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops peppermint

Here's what you do:

  1. Be sure to use a carrier oil, as essential oils can irritate skin and eyes. Keep away from eyes, mouth, and nose. (Ok - just a whiff!) Do not use on pets - tea tree oil can be severely poisonous to furbabies
  2. Carefully pour the carrier oil and drops of essential oils into spray bottle. It helps to use a small kitchen funnel for the carrier oil. Be sure to store at room temp away from kids and critters.

Get a handful of your favorites and keep then around the house for other uses.

Give it a try!

Experiment with your favorite smells and see what you like. I tend to use certain scents for certain reasons. I suffer from migraines and peppermint oil is great to have in large amounts around my house because it helps so many ailments.

Fun Fact:

The cooling effects of peppermint help to ease the sting of bug bites if you happen to get one - or a dozen.

Best Essential Oils

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    • Rebeccasutton profile image

      Rebecca Sutton 3 years ago from Rock Hill, SC

      So sorry to hear about the chikungunya, MsDora. I'm glad I can be of service. There are many wonderful combinations that you can try, but these are my favorites.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your title caught my eye. I'm just recovering from a bout of the chickungunya virus spread by mosquito bites. I don't need a second invitation to try your essential oils spray. Thank you very much.

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      Rebecca Sutton 3 years ago from Rock Hill, SC

      Thanks for voting and sharing! Yes, EO are so useful, and you only need a little bit. I am glad to hear that you are having success around the house with pests. Can you imagine a pest control company who only uses EOs? The neighborhood would smell amazing! lol

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Essential oils appear to be very useful in controlling insects inside the house. My husband remarked yesterday that he's noticed far fewer ants this year, than at any other time since we moved in. Voted up and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      A very useful natural alternative.