If you’re interested in making your own homemade bug repellent, but often find many recipes too overwhelming or full of ingredients that you wouldn’t typically have on hand, today is your day.
I’m going to show you how to make the simplest homemade bug repellent you’ll ever make. It’s not a bug spray. It’s a bug oil, and it works fabulously well. All you need are two simple ingredients.
- Carrier oil
- Essential oil
When it comes to choosing a carrier oil, you want to look for something that is lightweight and absorbs into the skin easily. You don’t want to put this oil on your kids when you’re outdoors and have them be a slippery, greasy mess, right?
Jojoba oil and sweet almond oil are two of the best oils to use on the skin. Not only will they not leave your skin greasy, but they’re very nourishing to the skin as well. If you have a child that is allergic to nuts and sweet almond won’t work and you don’t happen to have any jojoba on hand, coconut oil will work great as well although it will take a little longer to absorb into the skin and it will harden up if it gets cold.
All your carrier oil does is dilute your concentrated essential oils so they aren’t too strong. We’ll talk more about this later when we get to mixing the two.
Essential oils come from plants and resins, and they’re usually very strong and concentrated. Not only do they all smell, but most are effective at helping the body in some form or another. It could be helping to ease the burn from touching a hot pan or even by inhibiting bacteria and fungus from growing.
Essential oils are not recommended to use full strength on their own. They need to be diluted with a carrier oil.
Like I said, essential oils each have their own scent. Some have a light, sweet scent (lemon) whereas some have a strong, earthy smell (patchouli). When it comes to deterring bugs, stronger scents tend to work better, but it’s not always the scents that smell bad. A lot of the better smelling oils can be used individually or blended together to create a blend that smells great to you… just not to the bugs.
For my homemade bug repellent, I used the following essential oil blend.
I wanted to keep it simple and smelling good. Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender anyway? Not to mention this blend will help calm your little ones a bit.
If lavender and eucalyptus aren’t your thing, here are three other essential oils blends that work well for keeping bugs away.
Bug Blend 1
This bug blend smells like a fall campfire with the cinnamon and cedar blending together! It’s very grounding.
Bug Blend 2
This bug blend has a very lemony-mint aroma to it that is exciting and uplifting.
Bug Blend 3
This is the easiest blend of all since you only need one oil, and it gives you a very floral like smell. This one even works great on cats and dogs. Just put 1 drop right on your pets collar to keep ticks away!
- 20 drops rose geranium
Premixed Bug Blends
If blending your own essential oils together seems too overwhelming for you, don’t stress… many essential oil companies make premixed blends that you can purchase and use instead of blending your own. Just add 10-20 drops to your carrier oil and you’re good to go.
- doTERRA’s TerraShield Repellant Blend
- Plant Therapy’s Bug Off Synergy Blend
- Eden’s Garden Four Thieves Synergy Blend
How To Make A Homemade Bug Repelling Oil
Okay, now to the nitty gritty of putting everything together and making your oil.
The first thing you’ll need is to choose your carrier oil and put about 2 TBSP into a bottle or jar.
Next, choose the essential oils or blend of oils that you want to add to your carrier oil.
For my bug oil I’ve chosen to use lavender and eucalyptus oils. You want to get around 20 drops for 2 TBSP of carrier oil so that your oil isn’t too strong, but just right.
Slowly add your essential oils to your carrier oil.
I used 15 drops of lavender oil since it’s light and airy and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil since it’s a bit stronger. Both of these scents work well together and keep the bugs away without making you or your kids stink!
Lastly, shake or stir your oil well to mix everything together and store it in a place that’s out of direct sunlight.
To use your homemade bug repellent oil, just pour a bit of oil into the palm of your hand, rub it together, and massage it into your little ones skin before going outdoors.
Okay. That’s it. It’s that simple. Two ingredients, it’s quick, easy, and you’re done! Enjoy a bug free summer!!
If you also want to see an easy natural tick repellent that really works, CLICK HERE!
What’s your favorite scent for natural bug repellents?
Meet Meagan from Growing Up Herbal
Meagan Visser is the owner of Growing Up Herbal on Etsy where she offers natural, herbal skin care products for children. She also teaches parents how to take charge of their children’s health naturally on her blog, GrowingUpHerbal.com, and she’s enjoys living a simple and healthy life with her husband and 3 little boys in the southern Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. Connect with her on her on Facebook and Pinterest.