Phew! The little buggers were out en masse when we visited the river this evening, so I looked up this recipe online for myself (because I really prefer not to use "bug spray" if I could avoid it), and of course, I had to share it with y'all here! I'll share my results once I've tried it myself. Would love to hear how it did or didn't work for you.
Don’t let a fear of being eaten alive keep you inside this season. Instead, invest in a few hard-hitting essential oils and test out this natural alternative to chemical sprays. This natural homemade insect repellent is great for mosquitos, flies, and other annoying warm season bugs. Tweak to your liking and apply with confidence. Different oils repel different bugs, so it’s best to use a combination of essential oils to ward off several types of biters.
2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: witch hazel or vodka
2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds)
½ teaspoon vodka as preservative (if not already using)
100-110 drops essential oils
Sample Bug-Repelling Essential Oil Blend:
55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil (reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects, but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)
15 drops cedarwood essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil (if using, choose Lavandula angustifolia – “Lavender (40-42) essential oil” does not have the same insecticidal qualities)
15 drops rosemary essential oil
Add carrier liquids to small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking). Add essential oils. Shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.
Other Bug-Repelling Essential Oils:
Additional Tips and Warnings:
As always with essential oils, women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a health practitioner before using.
Extreme caution should be used when using essential oils on young children.
Always perform a patch test to check for an allergic reaction before using an essential oil for the first time.
Always label homemade products well.
Dark-colored bottles work best for products containing essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place when not using.
Source: https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-ins ... repellent/