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DIY BUG SPRAY RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel 
  • 1/2 tsp Castor Oil (I chose castor oil because it contains fatty acids that help moisturize your skin!) 
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil 
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients. As you can see in the photo, the oil separates from the water and witch hazel. Giving it a good shake before applying mixes them all back together. The oil helps to moisturize your skin as well as keep the essential oils on you. 

I was able to fill two small spray bottles from the dollar tree as well as a medium sized pretty blue glass bottle I happened to have! I did read that if left in plastic a long time it can start to break down the bottle. But we use so much spray that a few trips outdoors and its gone. If you are looking to make a large batch one time a year I would recommend glass bottles!

We have tested this several times outdoors. I personally think it works pretty well. Especially for mosquitoes! Those buggers really like me and I am pretty pleased with the results. I like the idea of being able to spray it on my son and dogs and not worry about them inhaling something terrible.

What the oils do:

Lemon essential oil: Lemon is good for fleas, lice, and mosquitoes! 

Lavender essential oil: Lavender is also an age-old ingredient in natural mosquito repellents. It’s good for flies, bedbugs, and ticks! 

Peppermint essential oil: Beetles, wasps, mosquitoes, and spiders all hate the scent! 

Eucalyptus essential oil: Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and cockroaches! 

Happy Summer Friends! – Lauren

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