Aromatherapy Insect Repellent Recipe
The essential oils distilled from natural botanicals like citronella, lavender and eucalyptus can help to deter insects.
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 considered toxic and can be potentially harmful to the environment.
This more natural insect repellent recipe only requires a few reasonably priced essential oils and other ingredients, has a pleasant aroma, and can be helpful in deterring insects. Of course, your particular usage and body chemistry can potentially affect your results. Therefore, there's no guarantee that you still won't get bit. 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.
- Solubilizer such as Polysorbate 20 or Solubol. (For the solubilizer that you choose, follow the usage guidelines provided by your vendor.)
- 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.)
- Combine the essential oils and solubilizer, following your supplier's instructions and then add to the spray bottle.
- Screw on the sprayer top and then shake well.
Shake the bottle before each use. Essential oils do not fully dissolve in water and alcohol, so be sure that you use a solubilizer.
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.
General Safety Information
These recipes are offered for educational purposes only. Before using any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.
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