Summer brings in sunshine, tanning, and beaches, but it also brings a nasty side to it: bugs.
Yes, those annoying critters can ruin your good time and give your some itchy bites to go with it. While heading on over to your local CVS for bug repellent might be quick and easy, those sprays contain a lot of toxic chemicals that you don’t need in your body.
Why bother with that when you can make your own bug repellent? For those who don’t think they’re crafty enough, don’t worry, this DIY recipe is simple and easy. Now, it’s time to get those nasty insects away and make your own bug repellant.
First thing that you’ll need to make your own bug repellent is essential oils! Essential oils provides many benefits to your health while keeping it all natural. While there are numerous varieties of essential oils, here’s our favorites to include:
Now that you’ve gathered all your essential oils, it’s time to mix them together for your bug repellant. Our favorite bug repellants are made as a spray, to take with you on your trips and a candle, to have on your patio or balcony to keep those pesky bugs away.
As a Spray
For the spray, you’re going to want to get an empty 8 oz spray bottle and fill it halfway with distilled or boiled (then cooled) water. Add about 20-30 drops of each oil to your spray to create the bug spray. Remember, the more drops, the more powerful aroma you’ll have from the oils, so judge wisely!
If you want to upgrade your spray to the next level, include Witch Hazel in the rest of the bottle to improve the effects of the bug repellent.
As a Candle
Grab a mason jar and fill it up with water, but not to the top — you don’t want your mason jar completely full. Next, include a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, and 2-3 sprigs of rosemary into your jar. Include about 20-30 drops of your essential oils, and then top it off with a tea light candle. Not only does your candle now repel bugs, but it looks gorgeous on your patio.
There you have it! Whether it’s a spray or a candle, these natural bug repellents are perfect for your next camping trip, summer music festival, or just for having your friends over for a party and you’ll never have to use those toxic chemicals again!
Can’t get enough DIY inspiration? Check out our ideas for making the most of your Mason jars!
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