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DIY Natural Insect Repellant

DIY Natural Insect Repellant


With the warmer weather, we have picnics, yard work, days at the beach and, yes, more exposure to winged creatures that bite. We can keep them away so we can enjoy the weather without harming our bodies or the environment with chemical-laden repellents. Effective, thrifty and non-chemical: what’s not to like? Oh, it smells good, too. That’ll do. Please keep in mind that pregnant and nursing women should consult their doctors before using essential oils. By the way, this repellent was tested when we visited SASHA Farm: it works! This is designed to repel mosquitoes and flies; we’ll be sharing a spray that deters deeper woods insects like ticks and chiggers soon.

DIY Natural Insect Repellent


1 4-ounce spray bottle (increase amounts for different bottle sizes)
1/2 cup witch hazel
2 tablespoons Vitamin E, olive, almond, or jojoba oil
30 drops eucalyptus oil* and 15 drops each rosemary, clove, and lemongrass/citronella oils

Combine in your spray bottle, shake well and apply as needed. Store in a cool, dark cabinet when not in use.

*Be aware that eucalyptus oil is not recommended for children three and younger as it may be irritating to their skin. For those with children three and younger, consider replacing eucalyptus with peppermint or lavender oils here, both natural bug repellents that are also safe on young skin.



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