The summer months mean lots of outdoor activities and lots of insects. A bottle of bug repellent is a necessity if you love to be outdoors.
Why not try making your own?
You can customize the scent and avoid harsh chemicals because of course it’s natural.
Here are three easy DIY options:
- Essential Oil: Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint (any 1 or mixture of these)
- All-natural witch hazel
- Distilled or boiled Water
- Vegetable glycerin
- Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water.
- Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top.
- Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using.
- Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. A great smelling mixture is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus.
- Distilled water
- Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
- Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc.
- Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 TBSP of dried herbs total in any combination from the above. A great mixture is: peppermint, spearmint, catnip and lavender, and also throw in a couple of dried cloves.
- Mix well, cover and let cool (covering is important to keep the volatile oils in!)
- Strain herbs out and mix water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol.
- Store in a spray bottle in a cool place (the fridge is the best option especially in the warm months).