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Homemade bug repellent spray

Looking for a natural bug repellent spray? Try this recipe now

Looking for a natural bug repellent spray that won’t leave you soaked in hideous chemicals?  Try this lovely blend, which contains eucalyptus and lavender essential oils, both known for their insect repelling qualities.

What you will need:

o   Witch Hazel  (in the beauty section of supermarkets & pharmacies)

o   Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil

o   Bosisto’s Lavender Oil

o   An empty spray bottle

What to do:
First, measure the amount of fluid that your spray bottle holds (if it’s not marked on the bottle) – fill it up with water and then pour the water into a measuring jug. This is so you know the ratio of essential oil to witch hazel.

Add the witch hazel to almost fill your spray bottle.

For every 15 ml of witch hazel, add 10 drops of essential oils in total.

For example, a spray bottle that holds 60 ml will require 40 drops of essential oil. Add 60 ml of witch hazel to your spray bottle plus 20 drops of Eucalyptus oil and 20 drops of Lavender oil and shake to combine.

Use a half strength batch on small children (dilute with water) and as with anything you put on your skin, watch for potential reactions. 


Give the spray a good shake before use.  Spray on uncovered skin (don’t spray directly onto the face, instead spray on hands and rub it on your face).

Natural insect repellents don’t last as long as the DEET based ones, so you will need to reapply your spray every hour or so for it to remain effective, as well as after swimming or heavy perspiring.


Credit: Frugal and Thriving blog http://frugalandthriving.com.au/