Make Your Own Bug-Away Spray (Easy Recipe)

Make Your Own Bug-Away Spray 2

By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Commercial insect repellents are so incredibly toxic with dangerous chemicals such as DEET (diethyltoluamide). As an Earthie Mama I want to make sure that my children only have the most natural ingredients on their skin. While living in Costa Rica, I had to figure out how to protect my family naturally from the overwhelming amounts of bugs.

Today I will share with you how simply you can make your own bug-away spray.

This recipe can be made very simply with your choice of essential oil/s and a ‘carrier’ oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply after a few hours or when you feel like the bugs are biting. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency to more of a spreadable lotion.

Make Your Own Bug-Away Spray

The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:

– Cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)

– Neem oil (mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and small bugs you can’t even see)

– Eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)

– Citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)

– Castor oil (mosquitoes)

– Orange oil (fleas)

– Rose geranium (ticks and lice)

– Peppermint (spiders)

Safe carrier oils include:

– Coconut oil

– Olive oil

– Sunflower oil

– Witch hazel

– Rubbing alcohol

Just mix your choice of essential oil/s and a ‘carrier’ oil or alcohol.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Alex (Earthie Mama)

ps. True Earth Mama makes an awesome insect repellent spray. Made from Witch Hazel, Citronella. Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Litsea, Tea Tree, Patchouli and Catnip, it’s all natural and smells good too! Visit TrueEarthMama.org for more information.

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About the author:

Alexandra Du ToitAlex is a True Earthie Mama, helping others tune into their most natural state while bringing harmony and balance into all areas of their lives in order to thrive. Alex has a well known blog on health, wellness, conscious parenting, green living and getting off the grid to self sustainability: earthiemama.com. She also has an MA in Psychology, and is a registered Yoga Instructor, environmentalist, conscious mother, green living expert and birthing expert. She also sells all natural products and her ebooks through her website.

Please check out her website at EarthieMama.com or find Earthie Mama on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrueEarthMama.

 


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  • Alicia

    What would be the ratios that you use to make this? Is there too much essential oil per a certain amount of carrier liquid?

  • Kathy Wildern Bradley

    The proportions of oil to carrier are not given.

  • honeybee

    why aren’t any of these questions answered? Also, why put a recipe on line with no amounts of ingredients given?