Natural Bug Spray

It’s Summertime- that means, GET OUT THE BUG SPRAY!

I love summer time, don’t you? The sun shining down, the fresh air, outdoor parties, daylight savings time and with all of that fun comes the mosquitoes, deer flies, no see ‘ems, and other pesky insects looking for their next meal… you!

When you think of bug spray, what normally comes to mind?

I think of Deet, or Off. I think that is probably what the average consumer thinks of as well.This summer, instead of reaching for chemical laden insect repellents, why not create your own all natural insect repellent with essential oils?

Young Living Oils are derived from nature. What we put onto our skin is absorbed into our skin, bottom line, so let’s go the natural route using pure unadulterated essential oils

I never liked putting all those chemicals on myself or my children. Now I don’t have too and as long as I am using Young Living Essential Oils- I know we are receiving unseen health benefits!! Young Living Oils are therapeutic grade and are used for medicinal purposes. 

When it comes to making your own bug spray, the stronger the solution, the greater the effects. Have you ever noticed that? If your Deet has less than 7% solution, you are more likely to get bit.  When it comes to making your own bug spray, you have control over the solution and you can make it stronger, if so desired.

Rule of thumb: The basic formula is 12 to 25 drops of essential oils to 1 ounce of carrier. Adding 12 drops of essential oils per 1 ounce would be a 5% essential oil solution and 25 drops per ounce would give you a stronger 10% solution. The stronger the solution, the better.

Some great essential oils for repelling insects are:
Basil, Citronella, Cedarwood, Clove, Lavender,  Lemongrass, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Patchouli, Peppermint, Purification, Rosemary, and Thyme

Get out the Bugs- natural insect repellent bug spray

All Natural Bug Spray Recipe #1

  • Select your favorite essential oils and blend with your choice of carriers.
  • Carriers to add to your essential oils include: 
    Distilled water, Young Living V-6 carrier oil, coconut oil, olive oil, witch hazel, or aloe vera gel

All Natural Bug Spray Recipe #2

  • 10 drops citronella essential oil oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil
  • 1 oz. of witch hazel extract
  • Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add your favorite carrier (as listed above). Shake well and spray on as needed.

All Natural Bug Spray Recipe #3

  • 10 drops purification essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
  • 1 oz. V-6 carrier oil
  • Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add the carrier oil. Shake well and spray on as needed.

All Natural  Bug Spray Recipe #4

  • 5 drops thieves essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5  drops purification essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 oz. Distilled water
  • Put essential oils in an empty spray bottle. Add the carrier. Shake well and spray on as needed

When summer comes, we not only need recipes for repelling insects, we also need ways to keep bugs out of our home. Here are a couple of different recipes that are good to help keep insects out of your home or office. 

#1: 10 drops Citronella essential oil and 3 drops Peppermint essential oil.

#2: 5 drops Lavender essential oil and 5 drops Citronella essential oil.

Using either recipe #1 or #2, put the drops on a cotton ball and place them in areas of your home where you know the insects are entering.

With all the essential oils I mentioned above for making your own bug spray, Purification essential oil is my favorite. It is a MUST have essential oil on hand. Purification contains citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, melaleuca alternifolia, lavandin and myrtle. It is not only a great insect repellent, but it is also the essential oil of choice if you happen to get bit by an insect. It helps to cleanse and disinfect the area as well as neutralize the poison.

Do you prefer all natural? Have you ever made your own bug spray? Do you have a recipe you can share with us?  

Have fun making your own bug spray!  I love the feedback, it makes me so happy! Share this email with your friends- like it, tweet it, pin it!


About Carrie

Carrie, owner of Young Living Oil Lady, loves people and desires to listen and help them whether it is a spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional need. Because of her love for people, sports, fitness, health and overall wellness, she decided to go back to school, after she received her degree in Psychology, to become a Physical Therapist. Upon completion of her degree, she worked at a Sports Medicine Clinic, mainly treating athletes. She worked until the Lord blessed her and her husband with their first child. She left her role as a career woman to stay home with her newborn son. She has been a stay at home mom ever since! This “stay at home” path led her down the road of homeschooling her now two adorable sons. She uses the word of God as her plumb line and is very passionate about her Lord and Savior. She believes God created everything in the garden for our good. She uses all natural products, loves raw whole foods, and prefers Young Living essential oils versus popping pills. She shares her passion for healthy living on her blog.


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  1. says

    Oh excellent post! I have bookmarked this for when the weather warms up and bugs start biting! I am much ore comfortable using this for me and babe than any of the other stuff! Thanks!

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