Natural Bug Repellent and Bug Bite Relief Stick Recipes
Summer is here and that also means fleas, mosquitoes, flies and ticks are looming about. And seeing as how the mosquitoes in my own yard already think I’m dinner, I want to to head to Floyd Fest – for four days and three nights of camping in the woods – completely prepared. One staple that I’ll be including in my backpack along with my natural dry shampoo will be a homemade insect repellent.
Crafting your own homemade bug repellent is rather simple and you don’t really need to follow any one recipe exactly to get the results you want as long you use a combination of essential oils known for their bug repelling properties. This year I tweaked a recipe I found on Live In Art blog, and combined one ounce each of witch hazel and grape seed oil, then added a blend of essential oils. I used equal parts citronella and lemongrass, slightly less of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and geranium essential oils as well as just a touch of clove and patchouli essential oils. It smells heavenly and even my boyfriend let me hit him with an all over test spray. (Just be sure to shake vigorously before each use.)
If you’re looking for something a little more exact, you can follow the recipe at Live In Blog, but don’t be afraid to substitute essential oils that not only do the job but suit your preference. Alternately you can also purchase a natural citronella/lemongrass bug repellent from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s made from water, essential oils and a natural soy emulsifier to keep the ingredients blended.
If you already have bug bites – or know you’re destined to get them regardless of what you try – you can at least help to soothe the itch. Nicole, of Live In Art, offers five natural ways other than anti-histamines or calamine lotion to help soothe your bug bites on her blog. She also serves up a fabulous recipe for crafting a natural bug bite relief stick! You can use this recipe to fill empty lip balm tubes which allows you to easily carry this remedy wherever you go – in your purse or your pocket! It’s made with an herb infused olive oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butters, as well as neem oil and other essential oils. Simply visit Live In Art for the recipe. (Update: Live In Art is no more. But you can try my own Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe that repels mosquitoes, biting insects and deer ticks that cause Lyme disease. Find the recipe here.)