Do you feel like your summer evenings are being spoiled by pesky bugs?
No matter how gorgeous the weather is outside, no one wants to be a blood buffet to a pack of hungry bugs or mosquitos. But then again, no one likes dousing themselves in bug spray and smelling like a chemical plant for the rest of the evening.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of options on the market for those who hate the smell and feel of commercial bug spray. Also, studies have shown that mosquitos can actually develop a tolerance to DEET, the main chemical used in commercial bug sprays.
Luckily, you can make your own DIY bug spray at home.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a chemist to make it. All you need are a few household ingredients as well as some essential oils.
Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY bug spray using essential oils.
Essential Oil Options
You have a few choices when it comes to choosing an essential oil for your homemade bug spray. Let’s take a look at each one:
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has been used for thousands of years to treat wounds because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antibiotic properties. These properties make the oil healthy and healing to humans as well as toxic to many bugs and insects!
Lavender Oil: Many use lavender oil to calm themselves, but it can actually be used as a bug repellent as well.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus has a strong aroma that many bugs and insects perceive as being hazardous.
Peppermint: Similar to Eucalyptus, peppermint oil has a very strong smell that helps to repel bugs. In fact, according to research published in the Malaria Journal, peppermint oil offers strong repellant action when applied to exposed body parts.
DIY Bug Recipe
Once you have picked the essential oil of your choosing (or a combination of some) you’ll want to also select a carrier oil.
A carrier oil works to dilute the essential oil so it doesn’t irritate the skin. Examples of carrier oils include almond oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, and olive oil.
For every ounce of carrier oil, you should mix in one to two drops of essential oil. You can increase the amount of essential oil you add according to your tolerance levels.
Put the mixture in a spray bottle and voila! You now have your own homemade bug spray.
Why You Need It
Keeping mosquitos at bay is about more than just avoiding red, itchy bumps. A mosquito’s bite can actually be potentially dangerous to your health.
In America, the average bug isn’t really much more than a pest. However, a bite from the wrong bug (especially if you’re hanging in the wrong neck of the woods) can cause serious illness. Yellow fever, West Nile Virus, Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya Virus can all affect U.S. travels while abroad.
Also, some people are even allergic to bug bites. Those with bug allergies can experience mild symptoms of bruising to more serious symptoms of throat swelling and wheezing.
We hope your outdoor activities are more enjoyable with your new DIY bug spray!
Essential oils can do a lot more than just repel bugs. Be sure to check out our article about ways to use essential oils around the home for more inspiration.