How To Make Bug Spray With Essential Oils And Witch Hazel

Summer is here and in Wisconsin this means mosquito season has arrived.

I have an all-natural remedy for you that will ward off mosquitoes; it's a blend of essential oils that will naturally repel them. My bug spray is not intended for deep woods, but it will help for backyard protection.

C9SC Bug-Off Essential Oil Blend
Essential Oil Ratio:
50% Citronella
25% Lemongrass
25% Peppermint

To make a 6 oz. spray bottle of Bug-Off Spray:

  • Blend 1/2 - 1 oz. of the above essential oils in a glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. Shake well.
  • Rinse out and use an old spray bottle, or buy one.
  • Using a funneal, fill the bottle with 1/2 cup water,
  • Add 1/4 cup Witch Hazel,
  • Add a few drops of glycerin. The glycerin gives it holding power, but if you don't have any, just leave it out.

To this, add:
5 full droppers of the Bug Off Essential Oil blend

To Use: shake well, spray and rub on before going outside. Avoid getting it in your eyes, spray it into your hand and rub it onto your face. You can use this spray on your pets, too.

For additional protection, try my Camp Soap. This bug buster soap, loaded with Citronella essential oil, is excellent for camping, hiking, gardeners and fishermen. Use it head to toe before heading outdoors.

There are times when no matter how hard we try to avoid it, we get bit. Here are some suggestions for how to stop the itch or pain:
  • Apply lavender or tea tree essential oil directly to the bite.
  • Apply apple cider vinegar to the bite.
  • Lay a brewed, chilled chamomile tea bag on the bite to soothe to reduce inflammation.
  • Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply directly to the area.
  • Hold an ice cube on the bite.

Feeling creative? I also sell fractionated coconut carrier oil and roll-on bottles so you can blend your own essential oil perfumes, health remedies and household cleaners. Do you have a favorite essential oil blend to share with us?

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