How to: Homemade Bug Spray and Natural After Bite

Ah, summer. We long for it. We crave it. Yet, when it arrives in the Midwest it’s filled with little biting bugs that drive us back into our homes on lovely evenings. I have been finding ways to cut toxins out of our home since 2012. It all started when I was pregnant and couldn't breathe while cleaning due to the chemicals in our products. That was my first adventure towards eliminating products with toxins. This year the bug spray was getting a makeover.

Did you know...
There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the US but only a fraction of them have been tested for toxicity by the EPA.  Most poison related cases happen in our homes due to the products we have in our cabinets. Also, your skin is your largest organ and it can absorb ingredients from topical products between 50%-100% of what is applied to the skin? Studies show absorption rates depend on the compound used and area of body in which it's applied. Our faces are around 5x more permeable than other areas but our under arms and ahem, private areas, have revealed absorption up to 100%!

Now imagine how that effects everyone but mostly a little kid. That’s a lot of chemical seeping into a little body that is trying to thrive and grow. I wanted to find a better option for my family. Even though I’m not very talented when it comes to making my own products, I thought there was no way I’d mess this one up.

Here we go.

Supplies needed:
A glass spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella, and Eucalyptus

I used a 4 ounce spray bottle so here were my measurements. They don't have to be exact when it comes to the oils but try to get them close to be effective!

Mix 2oz water and 2oz of Witch Hazel in your spray bottle
Add 8 drops of lemongrass
Add 4 drops of citronella
Add 4 drops of eucalyptus
Add 2 drops of lavender

Cap bottle and gently shake to mix. Shake before use. Avoid storing bottle in direct sunlight.

Whew. It didn't flop so that just tells you that anyone can truly make this at home.

I also put together a ‘how-to’ video to show you just how easy it is to make your own bug spray. I even included my pre-video that reveals just what a kitchen dummy I am (that’s all the way at the bottom)! The recipe for homemade bug spray and my after bite solution are non-toxic, natural, and biodegradable. You don’t have to feel bad about applying these solutions to your skin or the skin of your littles. They are effective! I have found you have to apply the spray more frequently, but it’s a refreshing mist and my little boy loves being sprayed. Plus, that day I sprayed it right into his mouth, yeah, I didn’t worry about it and he just went on his merry way.

I apply the bug spray before we go outside and I reapply when I feel the bugs are after us again. Mosquitos LOVE me. I’m apparently delicious. So I know if they are attacking me again, that it’s time to reapply. When using this bug spray you will smell quite lemony. However, I figure if you use any bug spray, you smell like something so it might as well be this! In that rare case that I miss a spot, I turn to Shaklee to provide such a quick solution for an after bite remedy. Basic H seriously does it all and yes that means take the itch out of bug bites too! Plus, if you bought some just to apply to the occasional bug bite? Well, you’ll be buried with that bottle because it will last you for a lifetime!

Here is the video!

Thanks for tuning in! I hope you found this helpful. Here are the links for the following items!
Glass Spray Bottle
Bug Spray Recipe
Essential Oils
Basic H


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