Non-Toxic Essential Oil Bug Spray that Actually Works

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Bugs and mosquitoes. The inevitable accessory of summer we could all do without. Why Mother Nature gifts us these creatures – we have no idea. But as we enjoy the outdoors, we’re bound to get up close and personal with these little guys, whether we like it or not.

Whenever we go outside, it’s a good idea to lather up with bug repellent. Between West Nile and the looming Zika virus, mosquitoes are one bug we just don’t want to mess with. Many store brand bug sprays are filled with harsh, although effective, chemicals like DEET (diethyltoluamide) to keep the bugs away. There’s mixed opinions about the effect DEET has on our body, so we’ll let you decide for yourself.

We concocted an all-natural buy spray using household ingredients + essential oils to keep the bug guys at bay. You may be thinking all of those harsh chemicals are a small price to pay for peace-of-mind, but rest assure we tried this powerful combination of oils after a rainy day in Texas and did not receive a single bug bite. And yes, we walked through a wooded, mosquito haven park.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 oz. Blue Glass Bottle with Mister

2 tbsp Witch Hazel

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

25 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

15 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil

8 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

NOTE: Lemongrass and rosemary should NOT be used while pregnant. Alter the recipe and/or check with your doctor before trying any new oil combinations. 

Eucalyptus, lavender and lemongrass essential oils are powerful mosquito deterrents and work in harmony to leave behind a strong, yet invigorating and refreshing scent. Rosemary and tea tree are also natural insect repellents, but have anti-inflammatory properties too.

Reapply this spray every 30 minutes or so if you’re sweating a lot or in a deeply infested area.

Got a Bite?

If you do happen to get bit by a mosquito, take a drop or two of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the bite to remove the urge to scratch.

Got any other all-natural insect repellents or remedies? Let us know in the comments your tried and true favorites!


It’s important to do a small skin test before using any essential oil. Make sure it is diluted and you always use a carrier oil. Check with your doctor first if you have any health concerns.

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