DIY: Homemade Bug Spray

It’s that time of the year again where the mosquitos are the uninvited guest to our BBQs and we’re the main course.

Most people are very conscientious about using harmful chemicals on their bodies and stay away from products that are linked to endotoxins such as DDT and DEET.  Essential oils have taken center stage as a great product to use for keeping our flying foe at bay.

Here’s a tip for those of you who like to garden, some plants are natural repellants to mosquitos and that includes lemongrass and citronella plant.  If you have a patio that has great sunlight, you can take advantage of this fact and plant some lemongrass and citronella plants around your area.

Homemade Bug Spray

½ cup Distilled water

Natural Witch Hazel

30-50 drops total Essential Oil: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lavender

  • For this mixture: I recommend using lemongrass as the base and then adding the other oils as you like. 

Spray all over!

Be careful to avoid sensitive areas like eyes, nose and mouth.

Some people are allergic to lavender and therefore you should advise your guests as to what essential oils you used in your mixture.

I also recommend using a glass bottle for storage when using any essential oils