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'Natural Summer Solutions, Tips & Fun' - Homemade Bug Spray

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Today's activity is homemade bug spray.

With summer comes bugs, especially mosquitoes. Help to prevent bug bites with a homemade bug spray or lotion.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons of a carrier oil (I used coconut oil but Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oils are good options)

5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

15 drops of Lavender Oil

Mix oils together. Put into a small spray bottle or if you used coconut oil a small mason jar will work.

Is this a recipe you would try? Do you have a different bug spray recipe that you use? 

by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Replies (31-40):
Plus-size-mommy
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Seems easy enough! Think I might try this!
Angela4boys
by Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Oh I could really use this.  Bugs are very attracted to me...as I sit here itching right now.

bmw29
by Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM
I add a few bug repelling essential oils into my sunscreen so it can do double duty.
Cafe Jenn
by Head Admin on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM


Quoting cabrandy03:

I do need to find a good bug repellent recipe but I'd like to find something without eucalyptus oil.

You could use the lavendar alone and just add a few more drops. 

Also, you can check out this link, which is where I got the recipe from, there are additional ideas there.

Cafe Jenn
by Head Admin on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM


Quoting jellyphish:

Darn. I thought this was going to be a spray for bugs not just a repellent.
Yes I make my own repellent, but not with euc oil because

**eucalyptus oil is not safe for children**

But my sis just told me that sirracha kills scorpions. So I'm excited to try that out.

My apologies. My understanding was in a low dose like this and when diluted it was. 

What do you use in your repellent?

FelipesMom
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I might have already replied to this but I'm not sure... we use lemon balm, we rub it on our skin. It doesn't work SUPER well, but it has NO chemicals and it's right there in the garden, so it works for us. I would be interested in trying something else all natural if it worked really well... so far I have not had any luck finding anything that truly keeps the mosquitoes away. 

LETICIA  (kind of rhymes with Patricia)
Mom to Felipe, born 11-24-2006

Group Owner - Unconditional Parenting, Earthy Tribal Mamas
Admin - Loving Alternatives to Mainstream Parenting

FelipesMom
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

hey jelly, tell us more! Why isn't it safe? Not safe on skin, near eyes, if ingested, all of the above? I take your advice to heart! You are one knowledgeable mama!

Quoting jellyphish:

Darn. I thought this was going to be a spray for bugs not just a repellent.
Yes I make my own repellent, but not with euc oil because

**eucalyptus oil is not safe for children**

But my sis just told me that sirracha kills scorpions. So I'm excited to try that out.


LETICIA  (kind of rhymes with Patricia)
Mom to Felipe, born 11-24-2006

Group Owner - Unconditional Parenting, Earthy Tribal Mamas
Admin - Loving Alternatives to Mainstream Parenting

Sarah725
by Group Mod - Sarah on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

wonder if it really works?

cabrandy03
by Brandy on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Awesome!  Thanks!

Quoting Cafe Jenn:


Quoting cabrandy03:

I do need to find a good bug repellent recipe but I'd like to find something without eucalyptus oil.

You could use the lavendar alone and just add a few more drops. 

Also, you can check out this link, which is where I got the recipe from, there are additional ideas there.


jellyphish
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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Lemon euc (which is the best euc for insect repellent), and radiatta are safe in high dilution after two. Other kinds aren't safe until up to age ten. The problem is euc is high in keytones. With misuse, euc can be and has been fatal.

I use citronella, lemongrass and lavender oils. They are safer and more effective in this case.


Quoting Cafe Jenn:


Quoting jellyphish:

Darn. I thought this was going to be a spray for bugs not just a repellent.
Yes I make my own repellent, but not with euc oil because


**eucalyptus oil is not safe for children**

But my sis just told me that sirracha kills scorpions. So I'm excited to try that out.

My apologies. My understanding was in a low dose like this and when diluted it was. 

What do you use in your repellent?

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