Ah, summer at last! It’s the season I look forward to all year round. Here is what I don’t look forward to though—mosquitoes coming out of the woodwork like small stealthy ninja’s swooping in to suck the blood of innocent people trying to enjoy the great outdoors! Let me tell you, I seem to be a beacon of fresh blood that encourages these little pests to seek me out and follow me around. I’ve been told the mosquitoes must love me because I’m ‘sweet’ –but screw being sweet I want to be bug free!
Each year I brace myself for the impact—the bugs, the itching, the headache the comes from wondering if I will, in fact, fall victim to Zika (because the news has officially instilled the fear in me…NO ONE IS SAFE). If I’m not willing to share my blood supply free of charge, the only option seems to be drowning myself in bug repellent that clears out my sinuses, sticks around for 3 days and also might very well repel people too. So, this year I decided to try something new, I made my own bug spray and so far, the little pests fluttered away.
The bug spray is easy to make at home and takes very little alchemy to master the process. The other good news is it is completely safe for your skin and non-toxic! Rejoice!
This homemade bug spray is DEET free and won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make on your own. While researching the best products to use for a healthy and happy bug-free spray I came across multiple articles that said essential oils can help deter bugs. This was the method I went with and is extremely simple to create! I also used a glass spray bottle to prevent the toxic chemicals found in plastic from getting into my safe concoction.
What you need:
- Spray bottle
- Lemongrass essential oil (I bought mine at T.J. Maxx)
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Pure Vanilla (any kind will work)
- Distilled Extract of Witch Hazel
Add to the spray bottle:
- ½ cup of Witch Hazel
- 25-30 drops of lemongrass oil
- 25-30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
After adding your ingredients all you have to do is shake the bottle and use the spray! You can also add four ounces of coconut oil as a carrier oil. Now you have a safe, easy and valuable bug spray to use at home! The spray lasts around 7 hours in normal conditions. It should be noted that people should not apply essential oils directly to their skin. A patch test before using is recommended to be sure there is no reaction to the spray.
Now get outside and enjoy the summer—bug free!