As promised, this is the second post in a series of DIY recipes that I can’t live without in the summer! This one is a for a natural bug repellent spray made with Young Living Essential Oils. They have a fantastic blend, Purification, that is perfect to repel bugs. I use this on my entire family, and feel good knowing that it works, it’s natural and safe to use even on my toddler. And it smells good too!
If you are like me, and many other people, you used to use the chemical laden bug repellent products. I always feared that if I tried something natural it wouldn’t work, and my kiddos would get eaten up by bugs in the summer. (And me too, I have fair skin and if there is a bug in a mile radius it will find me, and bite me fierce!) After finding out more of the really harmful effects of DEET that is used in many store bought products, I decided it was time to try something new.
Mosquitoes here get to be pretty bad in the summer, and they sure LOVE to suck my blood. Ewwwww! Flies and mosquitoes totally gross me out. I tried this recipe a few years ago when my older kids were playing soccer out on a field that was near water and was notorious for terrible mosquitoes. I mean ones that could carry you away! Every time we went to practice they would get eaten up. So I put it to the test, and this one worked like a charm!
This recipe uses some pretty basic ingredients that can be used in a lot of DIY health and beauty recipes, making it even more cost efficient to make! I make up an 8 oz. glass spray bottle of it because we tend to go through it quickly in the summer, but you can adjust the recipe according to the size of bottle you use. And if you feel that you need a little more bug repelling oomph, just add more essential oils, the more oils you add the stronger it will be!
Witch hazel is used in many first aid and beauty preparations because it is really fantastic for the skin. It’s known to be soothing, toning, is a great astringent, and helps with bug bites among many other things.
Aloe vera is one of the most amazing plants on earth. It contains over 130 active compounds as well as 34 amino acids that are all beneficial to your skin. It also creates a better base for the essential oils to blend with, and moisturizes your skin.
Vegetable glycerin also helps to provide a thicker base for the essential oils to blend with and is also moisturizing for the skin. Additionally it can be helpful for sensitive, or irritated skin.
Now on to the good stuff that kicks the bugs to the curb! Essential oils! In an Israeli study peppermint oil, and some of the oils that are contained in the Young Living Purification blend, were found to be almost identical in warding off bugs as a mainstream product OFF that contains DEET when it was compared to a product Terminix ALLCLEARR Sidekick Mosquito Repeller (an “all-natural” mixture of essential oils). The essential oils used in the Terminix product are not therapeutic grade, so I can imagine that if they used truly pure high quality essential oils, it would perform even better! This is great proof that essential oils really do work for repelling bugs!
To make my favorite bug repellent spray you will need an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and the following ingredients:
- 4 oz. with hazel
- 2 tsp. aloe vera gel
- 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- 12 drops peppermint essential oil
- 24 drops purification essential oil
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
Add ingredients to the spray bottle and fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water. Shake and apply liberally any time you go outside in the summer!
I only recommend and use Young Living Essential Oils in my recipes for their 100% pure, therapeutic grade quality and Seed To Seal guarantee. They are the only brand of essential oils that I trust for my family! For more information on essential oils and Young Living visit my website www.youngliving.org/lauraleclair or the Essential Oils tab on my blog. You can also find my Essential Droppers page on facebook where I share lots of information and articles on using essential oils.
I hope you find that this recipe works as well for your family as it does for mine! Here’s to a bug free summer!