Summer is a wonderful time of year.
Well, according to ME it is. There is a garden to weed, animals to care for, camping trips to plan, day trips to the lake. So much fun happens in the Summer that the only thing that can make it go sour is those pesky little bugs. Mosquitoes, gnats, flies and chiggers to name a few. The commercial “bug off” stuff is great for keeping them away, but at what price? Do we really need to add those chemicals to our skin and clothing?
Here’s how to make an all natural bug spray that will keep those pesky varmits far from you.
What you need:
Combine all of these ingredients in a 4 ounce glass spray bottle and shake well.
You will need to shake prior to each use, as the mixture can and will separate. Spray before going outdoors to stay safe and bug bite free. You will want to pay special attention to your ankles and neck area. These essential oils are perfectly safe for anyone, including children. Use the same caution you would with commercial products–keep them out of eyes, and don’t spray on their hands, especially if eating or their fingers are prone to going into their mouth. Also safe for pregnant women.
The orange essential oil will help combat the scent of the citronella and eucalyptus.
Those are both very powerful scents that can give some a headache, but are very effective at keeping bugs at bay.
What do you do if you have already been bitten?
Well, that does, can and will happen, no matter what bug spray you use. Some are just “sweeter” than others to the bugs and will be more prone to insect bites. You can make this great anti-itch salve that will help soothe the bug bites.
Would you like some other ideas for bug off spray? Here’s a list of some of my favorites
What are some of your favorite natural ways to repel bugs? Be sure to pin this to your favorite board for later