Get Out the Bug Spray!

by Carrie Raab on June 14, 2012

It’s Summertime- that means, GET OUT THE BUG SPRAY!

 I love summer time, don’t you? The sun shining down, the fresh air, outdoor parties, daylight savings time and with all of that fun comes the mosquitoes, deer flies, no see ‘ems, and other pesky insects looking for their next meal… you!

When you think of bug spray, what normally comes to mind?

I think of Deet, or Off. I think that is probably what the average consumer thinks of as well.This summer, instead of reaching for chemical laden insect repellents, why not create your own all natural insect repellent with essential oils. Young Living Oils are derived from nature.  What we put onto our skin is absorbed into our skin, bottom line, so let’s go the natural route using pure unadulterated essential oils. I never liked putting all those chemicals on myself or my children. Now I don’t have too and as long as I am using Young Living Essential Oils- I know we are receiving unseen health benefits!! Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade and are used for medicinal purposes. 

When it comes to making your own bug spray, the stronger the solution, the greater the effects. Have you ever noticed that? If your Deet has less than 7% solution, you are more likely to get bit.  When it comes to making your own bug spray, you have control over the solution and you can make it stronger, if so desired.

Rule of thumb: The basic formula is 12 to 25 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of carrier. Adding 12 drops of essential oils per 1 ounce would be a 5% essential oil solution and 25 drops per ounce would give you a stronger 10% solution. The stronger the solution, the better.

Some great essential oils for repelling insects are:

Basil, Citronella, Cedarwood, Clove, Lavender,  Lemongrass, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Patchouli, Peppermint, Purification, Rosemary, and Thyme
Get out the Bugs- natural insect repellent bug spray All Natural Bug Spray- Choose Your Essential Oil
Carriers to add to your essential oils include: 
Distilled water, Young Living V-6 carrier oil, coconut oil, olive oil, witch hazel, or aloe vera gel

1.  All Natural Bug Spray Recipe

10 drops citronella essential oil oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops lemongrass essential oil

5 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil

1 oz. of witch hazel extract

Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add your favorite carrier (as listed above). Shake well and spray on as needed.

2. All Natural Bug Spray Recipe
10 drops purification essential oil

5 drops lemongrass essential oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

5 drops melaleuca alternifolia essential oil

1 oz. V-6 carrier oil

Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add the carrier oil. Shake well and spray on as needed.

3.  All Natural  Bug Spray Recipe

 5 drops thieves essential oil

5 drops  lemon essential oil

5  drops purification essential oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

5 drops lavender essential oil

1 oz. Distilled water

Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add the carrier. Shake well and spray on as needed

When summer comes, we not only need recipes for repelling insects, we also needs ways to keep the bugs out of our home. Here are a couple of different recipes that are good to help keep insects out of your home or office.

#1: 10 drops Citronella essential oil and 3 drops Peppermint essential oil.

 #2: 5 drops Lavender essential oil and 5 drops Citronella essential oil.

Using either recipe #1 or #2, put the drops on a cotton ball and place them in areas of your home where you know the insects are entering.

With all the essential oils I mentioned above for making your own bug spray, Purification essential oil is my favorite. It is a MUST have essential oil on hand. Purification contains citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, melaleuca alternifolia, lavandin and myrtle. It is not only a great insect repellent, but it is also the essential oil of choice if you happen to get bit by an insect. It helps to cleanse and disinfect the area as well as neutralize the poison.

Where can I get these essential oils? Shop here.

Do you prefer all natural? Have you ever made your own bug spray? Do you have a recipe you can share with us? Have fun making your own bug spray!  I love the feedback, it makes me so happy! Share this email with your friends- like it, tweet it, pin it!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy Filter July 13, 2014 at 12:13 am

Hi, I am doing a make n take and using your #3 recipe. I purchased 2 oz. spray bottles for this. Was wondering how much carrier oil to use in the 2 oz. bottles. Would you use more than 5 drops of each oil in the 2 oz. bottle?

Thank you.


Carrie Raab August 16, 2014 at 1:13 am

I would fill it up to almost all the way and you can use less drops if you want… if you need to add drops you can… if you get bit, lol, then you know you didn’t add enough. Let me know how it goes. :)


SARAH GRAHAM July 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Wouldn’t you add water to your spray for the oils and carrier? If so, how much? Thanks.


Carrie Raab July 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I use the instructions given.


tal April 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Hi, the cotton ball recipe sounds great to keep the bugs out of the house, but is it safe for my cat?


Carrie Raab April 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

That is a great question. My question to you is, which do you think is safer for your cat… YL oils or toxic spray chemicals from the bug man? I know some oils you want to avoid on your cats, but I don’t think your cat will eat the cotton ball, do you? What do you use to clean your floors with? Carpets? This is a great question and hopefully my question will help you in deciding what you want to do. Let me know! Have a wonderful day! :)


Judy June 25, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Yes it is safe for your cat. They will avoid the area if they don’t like it or if like our cat go and sit by the cotton ball and chill!! She LOVES Peppermint YLEO and comes running every time we use it. Cats are smart they know to avoid something or not.


annick June 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Can you use these solutions on kids ?? On there skin my son is almost 2 and a half ?))


Carrie Raab October 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Yes… there are several different essential oils to choose from. You can always use one oil and coconut oil on your child.


jennifer fletcher April 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Just found all of your great recipies for bug repellents! We are going camping this weekend and i was wanting to make some, I have been trying this year to convert to all natural around our house. I love all of your different kinds. Thanks for your post! :)


Carrie Raab October 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Glad it came in a timely manner!


Deb Carpenter March 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

thanks Carrie! Wonderful recipes. I’m sharing!


Carrie Raab July 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

You are welcome! :) Glad I can help


Kami Stewart September 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

Hi Carrie…Sorry I keep bugging you! Which of these recipes do you most recommend? Or do they all work equally well for all types of insects?


Carrie Raab September 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Hey Kami! I think it is a personal preference as well as which oils you have on hand. I used recipe #2 with great success! Let me know what you do and how it works! :)


Sarah @ Nature's Nurture July 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for this great list of recipes! I’m pinning and sharing on FB :)

Thanks for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!


Carrie Raab July 17, 2012 at 3:24 am

Hey Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing. Glad you liked it. Love your blog and all of your wonderful tips too! Blessings!


Sara Shay @ YourThrivingFamily June 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Thanks for some more things to try! Mine has been working well for our little girl, but I love trying out new things.


Carrie Raab June 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Thanks Sara! Glad you liked it! Thanks for hosting :)


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