Mosquitoes can be annoying and depending on where you live, they attack left, right, and center, making it almost impossible to enjoy activities outdoors.
Aside from being annoying, most of us are concerned that mosquitoes could be spreading diseases like West Nile or Zika.
With that concern and the annoyance, most of us are reaching for bug sprays these days, but how safe are they?
Commercial bug sprays usually include a chemical known as DEET, which although approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is linked to skin blisters, soreness, and eye irritation.
It's even been reported that prolonged DEET exposure can damage certain parts of the brain, resulting in muscle weakness, the inability to walk, memory loss and other cognitive problems.
What Can You Use Instead?
The answer lies in using naturally occurring essential oils either in natural products you purchase or make yourself.
Essential oils are a popular ingredient these days and easily available online.
You've probably heard some of your friends raving about their favorite brands.
I have a drawer full of various brands.
Why Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils are released by plants to repel predators and attract pollinators.
Since it is a naturally occurring substance, they do more good than harm to the human body as opposed to commercial bug repellents that are made of potential toxins causing harm to the environment as well.
Essential oils also smell good and leave the skin feeling soft and fresh. They are also known to be used for a variety of other purposes such as healing headaches or burns, relieving stress and anxiety, and relaxing the mind.
Which Oils Can You Use For Bug Repellent?
Different types of essential oils are effective in repelling different kinds of bugs.
Here are just a few oils to try for some of the most common pests:
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Easy Bug Repellent Candles
These pretty DIY repellent candles will look super cute on your patio the next time you have a party plus they will keep the bugs away.
Make these and make one of the DIY bug spray below and you will be ready for your next summer party.
This recipe calls for citronella essential oil plus fresh lemons, limes, and rosemary.
Easy Homemade Bug Repellent Sprays
There are many ways to create natural bug repellent sprays using different combinations of essential oils and carrier liquids.
You may have to experiment a little to find which combination works bestSimplyou.
Simply combine the ingredients in a bottle and shake before use.
Lavender Vanilla Mosquito Repellent
15 drops of lavender essential oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
3-4 Tbsp lemon juice
Scratch Mommy's Homemade Spray
30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops of Geranium Essential Oil
1 T vegetable glycerin
3 oz glass spray bottle
Creative Homemaking Homemade Spray with Peppermint
4 oz distilled water (or boiled water; leave to cool)
1 tablespoon liquid Organic Castile soap
20 drops Lemon Essential Oil
20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
8 oz spray bottle
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10 drops Geranium Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
10 drops Citronella Essential Oil
4 oz spray bottle
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Tips Bulletin Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent
1 Tbs Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
½ cup witch hazel
4 oz spray bottle
Relieve Bug Bites Naturally
Not only can you repel bugs naturally but you can give relief with essential oils, too.
Here's a recipe from Simply Earth using their Bug Fighter Essential Oil to make bug bite relief lotion sticks.
Should You Be Worried More About Zika or DEET?
There is a lot of information about Zika on the web. It's probably time you did some research on your own rather than relying on mainstream media.
Even after research, question everything.
Watch this Mini-documentary by Mike Adams. He exposes some interesting information about DEET and pesticides.
The Essential Oil Blends That I Use To Repel Bugs
Like I said, I have a drawer full of essential oils and it's time to whip up a batch of spray for the 2018 summer bug season.
If you don't have the time nor want to mess with it you can try some of these premade natural repellents I used last summer.
Burt Bee's Repellent (I saved the bottles to store my DIY spray)
These repellent bracelets that are waterproof and great for young kids.
Tell Me What You Use?
Leave me a comment and tell me what you use for bug repellent.