This is great! Copyright © 2020 Don't Waste the Crumbs  •  All rights reserved  •  Site Design by Emily White Designs. LEMONGRASS– I love the smell of lemongrass, but thankfully,  a lot of bugs don’t. If you are worried about essential oils having strong smells, then you ought to try the peppermint oil instead. Do you sell yours by chance? Sadena – if you’re putting it in a diffuser, then no. All of which make for a pretty perfect summer day! Top 10 Essential Oils That Repel Bugs + Bug Spray Recipe, Diffuser Blends, and more DIY Recipes to Naturally Keep Bugs Away, Use cedarwood essential oil to make your own natural moth balls, Use cinnamon essential oil to get rid of ants, Use lavender essential oil to keep flies away, Use lemongrass essential oil to make your own mosquito and tick repellent lotion bars, Use peppermint to get rid of stink bugs and spiders. And if you do happen to get bitten, then there’s also help at the bottom of this blog post on which essential oils can help relieve the itch and more DIY recipes for natural anti-itch rollerballs, salve, and itch-relief stick. I would use regular carrier oil for a rub on method. These essential oils are traditionally recommended for their bug-repellent properties: Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. There are many natural remedies that have been used for centuries to keep bugs away from babies, food, clothes and our skin. My daughter is severely allergic to mosquitos, every single bite she gets ends up swelling to the size of a golf ball. The spray recipe says to add carrier oil, as well as either the vodka or distilled water. Please give me a recipe for making a DIY WITCH HAZEL and also suggest a substitute for WITCH HAZEL if there is. DIY Essential Oil Blend for Bug Bites | Bug Off Now! Would tea tree work in its place? Use cinnamon essential oil to get rid of ants:  Cinnamon essential oil is the absolute best natural way to keep ants away from your home because its scent is so overpowering that it interferes with ants’ neuroreceptors. Thank you much Tiffany. Favorite things include Gilmore Girls, DIYing, Disney, and essential oils! Arguably the most popular oil in aromatherapy, lavender essential oil is best known for its relaxing, calming and sleep-promoting qualities. The peppermint will work across the board, and melaleuca is another name for tea tree, so that will help for ticks and flies. Here are some of my favorite essential oil combos for repelling bugs. This means that should you click on certain links, and then subsequently purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. From the kitchen to the bathroom. I totally understand where you’re coming from and can’t speak about DT, but after extensively researching the quality of Young Living AND the organic standards set forth by the FDA, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with your recommendation and the advice you were given. It did unstop my nose but I got some on my taste buds and couldn’t taste for 3 days. . Is it possible to leave the essential oil as is with an open cap and leave it in the bedroom? The recipe is really customizable. Eager to hear from you! I'm Tiffany - blessed wife and mother of two living outside Atlanta, GA. Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural so you are not only avoiding putting chemicals into the air and environment, you are not soaking them into your own body through your pores. The solution must be shaken well before each use. Lemon (unless steam distilled) is phototoxic. Lemongrass is closely related to citronella, which is well known for being a great natural insect repellent. I use Vodka … I put the drops of oil in the Vodka and then add to the water it helps blend/with the oil and water separating…have to shake before using! Thankfully, essential oils can help keep those bugs away! I’m just starting out using essential oils for repellents. To apply, simply shake the bottle well and rub a small amount of oil on exposed skin. Always consult your medical doctor regarding your medical care. Many thanks. It’s from the eucalyptus citriodora tree native to Australia. Homemade bug repellent works for mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and ticks depending on what oils you have! What we need is a chemical-free homemade bug repellent! After this hurricane that just passed it has mosquito everywhere. I’ve tried everything store bought to treat bites and prevent bites with no success! Thanks for asking! Peppermint has a natural insect repellent property and the ability to relieve indigestion. Put about an inch of apple cider vinegar and 5-10 drops lemongrass essential oil in a small bowl or mug. Can this recipe go as is in a diffuser or should it be altered in anyway? Do this often to keep the roaches away. I am really looking forward to mixing up a batch and testing it out during our camping trip over Memorial Day. Find out more about that HERE. Rebecca – you can boil water and let it cool to make your own “distilled” water. I want to make a spray repellent. I keep the essential oils at a 3 to 5% dilution depending on if it will be used with children or not. Follow the recipe in the post, not comments. The witch hazel/vodka is to spray, and the carrier oil is to rub on. I know from experience. Peppermint is a great natural repellent to ants, aphids, bed bugs, boxelder bugs, cockroaches, fleas, fruit flies, gnats, head lice, moths, spiders,  stink bugs, and wasps. If it’s too thick for your liking you can add more witch hazel to thin it out. Shake well and spray this mixture around doorways, windowsills, under sinks, around baseboards, in kitchen, etc. Not only will it freshen and deodorize the space, it will also help keep pests like flies, spiders, and ants out of your home. I make my own as well, but I use citronella, lemon eucalyptus ( which should be used with caution on childrens skin. Young Living allows NO pesticides whatsoever and even employs 3rd party testing to ensure none are found (even though none are use in practice). Carrier oils are added to dilute essential oils so they’re safe for use on skin. You could use vodka or leave it out. It’s important to not trust labels at face value and to dig into the quality behind the product – especially when you deal with products that aren’t highly regulated by the government. Being healthy isn't just what goes IN your body, it's what goes ON your body too. It is often used to relieve headaches and nausea and is used to increase physical and mental stamina. If that’s you, here are the top bug repellents I recommend: I am so happy to keep the bugs away by using a natural product that is free of nasty chemicals. Plus they don’t smell good. Thank you so much. Tiffany, thanks for saving me from yet another scar! Just wondering why one would want to include the oil. I just recently purchased thyme oil, that’s the only one I have that’s supposed to repel mosquitos. It’s also used in skin care products and bath salts. This website is not a substitute for professional care. Mix it all together in a spritz bottle, give it a good shake, and spray. LOL! Apply your sunscreen, spray w/bug spray and have a good time! We have three small dogs, and although we keep them clean and use Revolution to protect against parasites and heartworms, I’d love to have something to protect them from the mosquitoes. Add in 10-20 drops of your preferred essential oil. Many oils are HOT oils and will burn you at full strength. You only need a few key ingredients: I think pure essential oils make the best homemade bug repellent. Add 10 drops tea tree essential oil and 10 drops lavender essential … :-), YOU are a gem! Probably best to move away from young living. Essential oils are powerful, and it’s important to use them safely. The witch hazel or vodka serves a different, but still very important, purpose than the carrier oil does. What do these things have in common? Thanks! Your email address will not be published. TEA TREE– Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the stems and leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree native to Australia. Hey Melissa! Got more frozen chicken than you know what to do with? Hi Patricia! Tea tree is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiparasitic so it has compounds that can actively weaken and kill parasites such as leeches, ticks, fleas and lice that tend to stick to the body and suck blood out, especially when you’re out camping. Peppermint is my personal favorite for keeping the pests away as its minty smell is so refreshing to us, yet bugs and critters hate it! I have found tea tree oil to work for long periods of time and actually watch the ants not cross where it has been sprayed.