I bought way too many essential oils this past winter, partially spurred by the lip balm making projects and partially because I find it so hard to resist those magical looking vials.
So, in my quest to save money, live cleanly and make stuff everyday, I decided to make our own herbal bug spray. After reading about 75 recipes this is what I came up with… and it has totally worked so far; even when camping!
This is for a 4 oz bottle that I picked up from our local coop.
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
15 drops citronella
10 drops cedar
10 drops lemongrass
5 drops lemon eucalyptus
10 rose geranium (I love the smell)
3 1/2 oz of boiled or distilled water
The recipe is based mostly on studies about efficacy of various oils and what bugs we want to repel (mosquitoes- citronella, cedar, lemon eucalyptus, rose geranium and some report rosemary does too and ticks – lemongrass and eucalyptus) but it also is based on the fact that I have really sensitive skin and didn’t want anything that could sting (like peppermint or a vodka base). And, I like things to smell good too.
I might have had to buy a few of these oils… but at least I didn’t buy anymore bug bands or Herbal Armor this year 🙂
(By the way, that’s 4 out of 5 days for a post. Trying my best!)