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Bug Spray

May 27, 2018

 

I am SO sensitive to bugs. If there is a gnat, fly, or mosquito within 10 miles, it will find me, and bite me, and cause a crazy allergic reaction. I have my epipen for yellow jackets and an arsenal of steroids and antihistamines for the other stuff. Thankfully I don't attract a lot of tic attention...I'm knocking on wood as I type. 

 

Any time I go outside, even just to check the mail, I put on some type of bug repellant. If I'm going to be out for a long time or need some extra protection I'll use the store bought stuff, but most of the time I use one of these three mixes. 

 

Its best to mix small batches regularly so the ingredients are the freshest, but I don't always have the time. I make a big batch and then pour it into these 2 ounce bottles and have them all over the house....because I also don't have time to remember where I left my bottle. Always remember to use quality essential oils and test it on a small area of skin before spraying it all over.  I get the majority of my supplies from doTERRA and Mountain Rose Herbs. These sprays last us the whole summer season.  These droppers make it a breeze to measure out your oils.

 

#1-Lavender Vanilla Bug Spray

1 ounce Vanilla (I usually use real vanilla extract, but you can use the imitation vanilla. They both have vanillin in them which repels gnats)

3/4-1 ounce Witch Hazel or Vodka

10 drops Clove Oil

10 drops Catnip Oil

10 drops Eucalyptus

15 drops Lavender

1/8 t Neem Oil (Neem oil can be very thick and viscous. You may need to mix it with the Witch Hazel)

 

Mix it all up and spray liberally and often on exposed skin. Since this has Vanilla in it, and vanilla is dark, it may stain your clothes. Be careful. 

 

#2-Beat it Bug Spray

1/4-1/2 ounce Vanilla (I usually use real vanilla extract, but you can use the imitation vanilla. They both have vanillin in them which repels gnats)

1 ounce soybean oil (while not scientifically proven, there is some evidence that soybean oil can make the bug spray more effective. If you'd rather use a different oil grape-seed, almond, or sunflower are great choices)

1/4-1/2 ounce Witch Hazel or Vodka

10 drops Catnip Oil

10 drops Eucalyptus Oil

10 drops Lavender Oil

10 drops Peppermint oil

1/8 t Neem Oil (Neem oil can be very thick and viscous. You may need to mix it with the Witch Hazel)

 

Mix it all up and spray liberally and often on exposed skin. Since this has Vanilla and oil in it it may stain or leave oil spots on clothing. Be careful. 

 

#3 Sunny and Citronella Bug Spray

1 ounce soybean oil (while not scientifically proven, there is some evidence that soybean oil can make the bug spray more effective. If you'd rather use a different oil grape-seed, almond, or sunflower are great choices)

1 ounce Witch Hazel or Vodka

15 drops Citronella Oil

15 drops Lemon Eucalyptus oil

15 drops Catnip Oil

 

Mix it all up and spray liberally. You will smell like a citronella candle, but you will be mosquito free! Remember it has oil in it so be careful around your clothes. 

 

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