Make Your Own Bug Repellent

Love the great outdoors, but hate the bugs? Do you hate the harsh chemicals in commercial bug repellents? Well the bugs love me and that makes me miserable when all I want to do id get the boys out and enjoy the summer. Enter my pretty much no fail essential oils bug solution.


Yes, it’s that simple. Gather up your “ingredients”.  I used a bottle from the dollar store, because in a day out we use up the whole thing, but I love the glass bottles for long term storage. Many are available at Specialty Bottle. You will easily find a million ways to use the fun jars and containers from their wide collection. Amazon also has this great starter kit with a collection of bottles to use with your oils. Witch Hazel is readily available in the pharmacy section of most retail stores. You can be pretty flexible with the amounts depending on your bottle size. Increase for a more and decrease for less.


  • 8-10 drops Peppermint
  • 8-10 drops Lavender
  • 8-10 drops Thieves
  • 3oz Witch Hazel
  • 3oz Distilled Water

Shake in a spray bottle to mix, will separate, so be sure to give it a good shake up when it’s time to use.

All the oils used are available in the Young Living Starter Kit. Right now through August 14th premium starter kits are $10 off for new members and 10% off for existing members. If you’ve ever considered trying out Young Living oils now is the time to give it a whirl. Just look at all the fabulousness below! If you’re interested in starting your own oil journey you can join here and I will happily lead you.

Starter KitWe used this over the 4th of July holiday and with two days outside the kids and I were free from bugs. I was so happy to find I had even been spared from the chiggers who always eat me up and make me itch for days. The boys played with dogs that they found had ticks and none of the little critters decided to make a lunch of my kidlets. Plus when we used it those around us loved the smell and commented how nice it was to be down wind of us when we applied it. Play around with combinations to deter creepy crawlies in your area. Prior to receiving my Young Living kit I had been using an off the shelf brand of oils and I will say that this batch of “bug spray” worked better than any I had made before.

Oils can also be used around the home to deter bugs. Here is a handy chart:


Products Used:

  purification2  theives2  peppermint2  lavender2

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

* Always check for bugs at the end of your outing and wear appropriate preventative clothes for your outdoor environment.

Happy healthy living!

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