We are deep into summertime!
It’s time for picnics! Grilling! Fireworks! Outdoor fun! It’s the time of the year for BBQ’s, bonfires, camping, hiking, lounging in the grass, and bugs.
Lots and lots of bugs.
Who wants bug bites to ruin a good time? Not me.
Not only do I NOT want bug bites, I also do NOT want DEET. Yuck. I like my skin and I want to treat it well!
I would love to share with you a natural insect repellent recipe. I originally made this bug spray when a friend of mine requested it. She likes to enjoy a glass of wine on her patio in the evening, but bugs were preventing her bliss.
It worked and she is able to drink her wine, bug bite free!
This bug spray is natural, smells good, and it is darn effective. Forget about all those sprays with nasty chemicals.
Make your own!
The magical ingredients:
4 drops of lavender essential oil –
Lavender essential oil reduces inflammation, tones skin, and balances oil production. It is an antibacterial and antiseptic. Lavender is good for all skin types. It promotes healing in various skin issues from acne to burns.
8 drops of lemongrass essential oil –
Lemongrass is a key component in this natural bug spray. Notice we use more of it than the other oils? Bugs just don’t like it. I love the smell of lemongrass myself. It adds a great aroma and it is antibacterial, antimicrobial and an insecticidal.
4 drops of peppermint essential oil –
Peppermint essential oil soothes itching. It is refreshing and stimulating. Bugs stay away from peppermint.
4 drops of thyme essential oil –
Thyme also repels bugs effectively. It has anti-aging, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
1 tbsp of witch hazel –
Witch Hazel is amazing. I’ve used it before to heal red ant bites. Within a day, the inflammation went down and the bites were reduced to almost nothing. Witch hazel has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and anesthetic properties.
5 tbsp of coconut oil (carrier oil) –
One of my favorite carrier oils is coconut oil. It feels great on the skin. It does not clog pores and is a great general moisturizer. Coconut oil is beneficial for people with sensitive or inflamed skin conditions. It is soft and light and feels fantastic. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Mix the ingredients and add to a small spray bottle and voila! You have your own natural insect repellent.
If this recipe is too oily for you, use more witch hazel and less coconut oil.
You can also substitute the coconut oil with olive oil.
Re-apply every 2-3 hours.
May your summer be chemical and bug free!