Personal Insect Repellant
- In a travel size fine mist spray bottle, fill halfway with a carrier oil. I use canola, because it is light, cheap, and doesn't have much of a scent, but you can use olive, almond, calendula, or whatever you like.
- Put 10-20 drops of essential oils (depending on the size of your spray bottle and how many different oils you use) in the bottle. I use lavender, peppermint, and lemongrass, because I like those, I already have them in the house, and they don't make me gag like some of the other ones, but you may like something different. (List of Essential Oils for Repelling Insects)
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake well.
- Do a skin test to make sure no one has a reaction to any of the oils. Diluting in a carrier oil usually helps prevent this, but better to be safe than itching or burning. Especially if you're using on kids.
- Spray on exposed skin and rub in. I have no idea if this actually helps, but I like to pay special attention to pulse points. Plus, I like to smell like air freshener for hours.
We went hiking at some nature trails last Friday, and even though the mosquitoes were out in full force I wasn't bitten even once. And I'm usually the first one to find bites on myself. Harper was also bite-free after the hike. I will warn you, however, that I did have a couple of bees buzzing around me. Coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe they thought I was a lavender bush in need of pollination. I have no idea. Still, no stings or bites, so I count that as a success!
Home Bug Spray
(Very similar to my fabric spray, but I use a smaller spray bottle and more drops of oils specifically to repel insects, not just the ones I like)
- In a small trigger bottle (one that can adjust from spray to stream), put 10-20 drops of each essential oil. I use my trusty combination of lavender, peppermint, and lemongrass. (List of Essential Oils for Repelling Insects) Fill the bottle with water and shake.
- Adjust the bottle to a stream setting, and spray the bottom edge of baseboards, windows, and doors, or anywhere you know bugs like to hide. I do our trouble spots regularly, then every so often I'll spray closets, under/behind dressers, behind the bookcase, etc.
- Don't spray directly on pet bedding.
- Doubles as a house freshener. :)
- The only downside is that it doesn't last, especially in the spring during peak bug season, so I have to spray it weekly (sometimes twice a week) to be effective.