Say hello to a homemade bug spray that repels mosquitoes and other annoying insects. The easy recipe is budget-friendly, simple to make, and includes only 3 ingredients: witch hazel, oil or glycerin, & a done-for-you blend of essential oils (no need to buy multiple essential oils).
Pour the witch hazel (or vodka) and essential oil blend of choice (either Sheild Me OR Nature Shield) into a 4-ounce or larger spray bottle. Add vanilla extract if using.
Add the glycerin (or oil or aloe vera gel). Secure the lid on the bottle and shake to incorporate the ingredients.
Shake the bottle before each application. Spray the bug repellent on the skin, rubbing on the skin if needed. As with any homemade remedy, I highly recommend testing this spray first on a small area of the skin. Make sure your skin doesn't react to the essential oils before applying liberally.
Store away from sunlight and use within 3 weeks.
This is NOT a sponsored post with Plant Therapy. I'm a happy customer and love their oils. If you know of a similar essential oil blend by a different brand, feel free to use that. The key is to use a blend specifically created to deter mosquitoes and other bugs. Optional Vanilla Extract: There is some evidence to suggest that vanilla extract may deter bugs since mosquitoes, gnats, and other bugs hate its scent. If you want to add vanilla extract to this recipe, make sure it's pure with no added sugars or flavorings. The only ingredients of pure vanilla extra are: vanilla beans and alcohol. I suggest adding about 1/2 tablespoon. Pregnancy: Citronella and eucalyptus are NOT recommended while pregnant. Always check with a professional before using any essential oils during pregnancy.
Easy Roll-On Recipe Variation
If you're short on time or ingredients the essential oil blend can easily be diluted with fractionated coconut oil (or another oil) and then applied directly to the skin. Use the recommendation on the Plant Therapy bottle for dilution and this dilution chart to figure out how many drops of essential oil per tablespoon of oil should be used. OR, you can buy a pre-diluted roll-on bottle of Shield Me or Nature Shield.
Author: Kristin Marr
Recipe by Live Simply | https://livesimply.me/homemade-bug-spray-repellent/