Aromatherapy Insect Repellent Recipe
The essential oils distilled from natural botanicals like citronella, lavender and eucalyptus act as natural insect repellents.
I love spending time outdoors, especially in the warmer months, but mosquitoes and other flying/biting insects can ruin the best of outdoor occasions. Synthetic insect repellents are known to cause irritation and sensitivity in some people, are toxic and can be harmful to the environment.
This more gentle insect repellent only requires a few reasonably priced essential oils and other ingredients, has a pleasant aroma, and can be quite effective in keeping the little itchy critters away. Of course, your particular usage and body chemistry can potentially affect your results. Also, this product may be gentler than most commercial products, but you still should do a skin patch test before fully using it.
- 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as hair spray).
- 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water and 1.5 fl. ounces of high-proof alcohol (vodka is suitable, isopropyl or rubbing alcohol is not). Alternatively, you may omit the alcohol and increase the amount of distilled water to 3 fl. ounces.
- 15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Fill the spray bottle with the choice of either 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water and 1.5 fl. ounces of alcohol or 3 fl. ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.) Then, add the essential oils.
Shake the bottle before each use. Essential oils do not fully dissolve in water and alcohol and will settle. If you do not shake the bottle, you risk having concentrated droplets of essential oil irritate your skin.
Mist onto your skin and clothing and reapply as necessary. Discontinue use if you feel sensitivity from the repellent. Be careful not to mist delicate fabrics or surrounding furniture that may be harmed by the ingredients in the repellent. Be especially careful not to allow the mist fall into open beverages.
Everyone and every situation is different. Although this recipe has worked well for me over many summers, there is no guarantee that this recipe will prevent you or other users from being bitten by insects and it hasn't been scientifically tested for effectiveness. You assume all responsibility for trying or modifying this recipe and seeing if it works for your particular needs. This recipe has not been tested for the prevention of ticks or their bites.
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