Natural Bug Spray

Last night I had my first mosquito bite of the year. I have been waiting for it to finally be nice outside and now that yesterday was the first warm, 70-degree-Spring-is-finally-here day, I was bite several times by mosquitoes! They have hatched with a vengeance. The worst part of it, I was sitting on my couch relaxing after a day of shopping with a toddler. He usually is a great shopper but today, he was not having it. We had a few meltdowns because I would not let him crawl under the dressing room door. Let’s just say, I was sweating after trying on clothes / chasing him around the dressing room. I’m just glad he wasn’t the only kid & I wasn’t the only mom running around like a crazy person. Anyways, when we got home, I opened all the windows to let the fresh air in and Jase & Allie (our dog) thought it was great to play by the screen door and they must have cracked it a bit. I was catching up on all my TGIT shows (yes I LOVE Grey’s & Scandal!) and all of a sudden I was being eaten by THREE different mosquitoes, GRRR! I hate these buggers. I am such a baby because they love me (they don’t seem to bother my husband and it makes me so jealous) and I hate the smell of store bought mosquito spray. Not only does the smell bother me but the chemicals in the spray are what really make me cringe. I’d rather be bitten than wear that spray so I am SO glad I found an all-natural recipe that I don’t feel gross wearing (and that actually works!). Last summer, I would often mix Purification with coconut oil and rub it out my arms and legs if I knew I was going to be working in the yard that day & didn’t necessarily need the spray. That seemed to help ward off the mosquitoes if I was in a shaded area. But I seriously could have used the spray last night! I had bugs everywhere and diffused Purification in my bedroom hoping they wouldn’t come get me in my sleep. I guess I will have to make a new bug spray bottle today since I think the weather is finally looking up & I am hoping to spend a lot of time outside this weekend!

Recipe Details: All Natural Bug Spray

  • 5 drops Purification
  • 5 drops Thieves
  • 3 drops Citronella
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 4 oz glass spray bottle
  • 2 oz witch hazel, unscented
  • 2 oz distilled water
  • Add witch hazel & distilled water to glass spray bottle and drop in essential oils. Shake well and spray!

You can use this mixture to protect your pets from unwanted bugs as well.

Buhbye bug bites, hello summertime.

-Jenna

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