DIY All Natural Homemade Bug Spray

I am a mosquito magnet!  There is just something about me I guess, maybe my blood, or skin, or smell. Whatever it is, they flock to me like crazy.  I also tend to get HUGE welts that itch and last for days.  Most bug sprays are nasty and contain very harmful chemicals.  The all natural versions are expensive and some don’t really even work that well.

So what is a mosquito buffet to do?  Make it myself.


There are so many bug spray recipes all over the internet.  It was hard to narrow down what would work best, but I think I found a pretty good mixture.

DIY All Natural Homemade Bug Spray

Equal parts Castor Oil and Filtered Water
10-15 drops of each of  any combination of Essential Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavender or Geranium

1. Fill spray bottle 3/4 of the way full with Oil and Water
2. Add Essential Oil
3. Shake VERY well before each application
4. Apply to exposed skin, be careful not to soak clothing, the oils may stain if used in excess

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How do you repel those little blood suckers?

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