Friday, August 17, 2012

How to Make Your Own Homemade Natural Bugspray

While preparing for a trip to the woods, I decided it would be fun to share with you how to make your own homemade natural bugspray. If you have just a few essential oils, you can ward off biting, nibbling critters of all sorts. Except bears. You're on your own there.

Here's what you'll need:

A clean 4-ounce spray bottle
4 ounces distilled water
30 drops lavender oil
30 drops rosemary oil
30 drops sweet orange oil
30 drops spruce oil
A wee bit of vodka or grain alcohol, say, 3 or 4 squirts with an eyedropper

Mix this all into your spray bottle and shake vigorously before each application. You can reapply as needed. The best part? You won't have to inhale all those smelly icky-poo bugspray fumes. Nothing worse than heading out into the woods to inhale the fragrance of the forest and instead getting a DEET headrush. Okay, so this stuff definitely has a fragrance. But it blends in with the forest. And while you won't smell the stuff after a few minutes, the mosquitoes and biting flies definitely will. Word on the woodland path is they don't like it.

Now, you go enjoy preparing your own homemade natural bugspray, and I'll let you know later if I have to come up with a recipe for bear repellant.


  1. Does it work on traffic wardens? I suppose I could always beat them senseless with the bottle.

  2. Haha! Thanks for the laugh! Yes, I guess if the bottle is big enough, that would do the trick.