Safe and Natural Bug Repellent Recipe

~ Tadpole

We’re always hearing about how many chemicals there are in every day products and that we should be avoiding them. What we might hear less about, is how to actually get these more natural products easily, affordably, and how to make simple and effective ones at home.

There are plenty of places to buy  overpriced natural products online, but what if you want to make your own? Where do you get the oils? How do we know which ones are the right ones?

Essential oils have been proven to be just as effective, and sometimes more effective than their chemical rivals.
In my case, with severe allergies and chemical sensitivities, most commercial brands aren’t an option whether or not they work.
I’ve been using essential oils my whole life, before they were popular or even common.
Thankfully plant essences have become commonplace and much easier to find in recent years.

Extremely cheap or imported oils of questionable origin are still a bit of a problem. You don’t want to see “scented oil” or “perfume oil” on the label. We’re looking for “pure essential oil” “organic oil” and “100% oils”.
Anything else could be unsafe, chemical based or mixed with other oils or chemicals. As a rule, if the ingredients aren’t listed, you don’t want it. I generally go with the idea that if you don’t want to ingest it, you don’t put it on your skin either. Everything we touch absorbs into the blood stream, so we have to keep it as clean and pure of a product as possible.

In this post I’d like to show you how to make an effective insect repellent, using affordable, easily obtainable essential oils.  The brand isn’t all that important as long as it’s a quality oil. I get most of my natural products from SwansonVitamins They have a great selection of oils, they’re affordable, and the company is above all accountable and reliable. You can get $5 off your first order by going through my link. It’s a lot easier than trying to find the oils locally for me and the prices can’t be beaten. I’ve also had good luck with the oils from PipingRock,

This simple insect repellent is made using any of these oils: Cedar, Citronella, Mint, Tea Tree, Catnip, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass oil, in a carrier of Sweet almond oil, or coconut oil. In a pinch you can even use a light olive oil.

Each oil works on it’s own but has more power as a combined team.
You can use them all together or choose your favorites.
Unlike the chemical repellents, these ones actually smell good, and can help improve your breathing.

First thing, get a roller-ball bottle or any little container that you want to use to store your repellent in.
As a precaution, please know that Tea Tree Oil does eat away at rubber droppers and plastic. If using Tea Tree Oil, you must use only glass. The rest are ok to use with droppers and plastic rollers.

The simplest blend to start with would be Cedar and Citronella.
Take the Cedar oil, and put about 25 drops of oil into the container, add an equal amount of Citronella oil. Now you have a concentrated oil that can be used as is, but can cause issues with sensitivity on the skin. To fix that, all you need to do is add the carrier oil, Choose from Sweet almond oil, coconut oil, or a light olive oil.  You could use grape-seed oil or other cosmetic oils but we’re supposed to be keeping this simple!

Just add about a tablespoon of carrier oil to the bottle, to make a potent anti-bug-serum. Mix it up and you have your finished product. If you find that the scent is too strong, or not strong enough, you can add more essential oil or more carrier oil until it suits your needs.

Be sure to label it so you know what it is, and experiment with more blends.

Catnip oil is a great repellent for mosquitoes particularly. I find the Mint and Cedar to be very useful for black flies. When adding Tea Tree Oil, it’s stronger than the rest, so just a few drops will usually be enough.

If you try the recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments.

 

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