The biggest problem with Natural Bug Sprays (and a DIY recipe that actually works!)
Updated: Jul 15
Here we are in the heart and heat of Summer. Long, dreamy days on the beach. Magical nights by the campfire. It doesn’t get better than this!
Until the bugs come out.
And gosh, do they know how to interrupt picture perfect moments outdoors.
By now you’ve either gone through a few DIY recipes that don’t work, or you’re looking for natural and/or cost effective alternatives. Well, you’ve just found the answer to both right here! A DIY recipe for 100% natural, homemade bug spray made by YOU that will help keep the mosquitoes, ticks, flies and gnats away. Most importantly it‘s natural and IT actually WORKS.
Note: it’s important that you use 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils to ensure maximum efficacy.
Meet your best ally against bugs this summer:
The biggest problem with Natural Bug Sprays is that they often only use Eucalyptus, Citronella, Lavender or Lemongrass as the main ingredients, and while they all do have insect repelling properties their efficiency is short-lasting. Eucalyptus is often confused with what you REALLY need for lasting protection:
Lemon eucalyptus, which comes from a different tree.
How important is this difference to making a bug spray that actually works? Let’s see.
According to the CDC:
Lemon Eucalyptus has been listed as comparable to DEET - with none of the toxic side effects. Formulations that have at least 30% lemon eucalyptus did best, providing protection for up to 7 hours!
The supporting cast:
A crisp, fresh aroma from the leaf of a tall grass native to Asia. Its powerful insect repellent benefits are well known and you'll find everything from Citronella torches, candles and plants to help keep insects off your skin.
Not only is lavender soothing and healing for bug bites and skin blemishes and irritations, it also helps repel insects and has a wonderful smell you won't mind spraying on yourself.
Fresh and citrusy, lemongrass is also noted for its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-flammatory properties.
A blend of Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Nootka, Arborvitae, and Vanilla Bean Absolute specifically formulated to protect against insects and pests.
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DIY NATURAL BUG SPRAY
8 oz Glass or Aluminum/Steel Spray Bottle
Apple Cider Vinegar
40 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
20 drops Citronella
20 drops Lavender
10 drops Lemongrass
10 drops of Terrashield
Combine all essential oils to a spray bottle, fill half the bottle with apple cider vinegar and shake well to combine.
Fill the remaining half with distilled water and shake to combine.
Shake before each use as natural separation of water and oils will occur.
Mist skin and clothes lightly (please avoid eyes, and do not use for children under the age of 2)
Re-spray every 5-6 hours or after swimming.
Reminder: for external use only (Keep bottle away from children as essential oils are potent and can be harmful if consumed in unsafe dosages)
And there you have it! Feel free to share this post and enjoy your summer days outside :)