Natural Bug Spray

Author: Dr. Larita
July 3, 2018

Bugs, especially mosquitos, must think my husband tastes really sweet because they always go for him when he’s outside. We don’t like using commercial bug sprays so here is a natural bug repellant that we like and you can try too. Some plants are better than others at creating their own natural bug repellents, like citronella, which has a  very distinctive, sharp scent. Patchouli oil is another plant oil that’s so good at keeping away pests that we can use its essential oil as an ingredient in natural bug repellent. Patchouli essential oil can be used successfully in sprays to keep bugs off your body, and in incense to keep them out of my general area. The oil is effective, and has been used through the ages to get rid of moths, mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, flies, and lice.

Natural bug spray with Patchouli essential oil.

This Summer Relief Bug Spray has a very warm, fresh, earthy scent. The ingredients are:

  • About 2 oz frankincense hydrosol
  • 16 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil
  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 4 ml solubol dispersant

Blend all the ingredients together in a 2 oz spray bottle. Shake it up, then spray it. Don’t spray it on your face. This blend is in a water base and not preserved, so make the product fresh every few weeks. If your skin is sensitive to essential oils, spray this around you and on your clothing rather than on your skin.

This natural bug spray has side benefits! It’s easy for your skin— frankincense hydrosol and patchouli oil are excellent ingredients in skin care blends.

It’s also great to use in the evening by the campfire as it has a deep, warm, comforting aroma that can help you relax. Lemongrass is very calming to the nervous system, so much so that you can use it in insomnia blends. Frankincense is another calming scent that helps to still the mind’s chatter so it can actually get some rest.

If you tend to get bit a lot, this blend is a must-have! Just be ready to pass it around when everyone else asks to use it, too.

Thanks to Andrea Butje – Aromahead Institute

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