Insect bites are a problem this time of year, especially when mosquitoes carry viruses like zika and west nile. Over the counter bug repellents have unnecessary chemicals. Try this homemade bug repellent recipe for a natural alternative that also has a more pleasant aroma than the store bought options.

Homemade Bug Repellent Recipe

  • 6 oz. distilled water
  • 6 oz. witch hazel
  • 1 t. glycerine
  • 22 drops lavender oil
  • 12 drops clove oil
  • 12 drops cinnamon cassia oil
  • 22 drops rosemary oil
  • 12 drops citronella oil
  • 20 drops lemon eucalyptus oil
  • 12 drops neem oil

Mix in sprayer, shake well and apply as needed to bare skin.

Please read necessary precautions:

  • Avoid spraying in and around eyes
  • For application to face, spray in hands and rub on face
  • Always test clothing before spraying directly
  • While the ingredients are more natural, they are not meant to be ingested-Use caution when applying to children under 3
  • Avoid oils coming in contact with leather, suede, vinyl and other materials that could stain
  • Please consult a professional before using any oils on pets


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