Insect-Repelling Essential Oils

Blend essential oils in this effective, homemade bug spray recipe.

| June/July 2017

oranges and orange essential oil

Fleas seem to be repelled by orange scents.

Photo by istock/YelenaYemchuk.

Different insects are repelled by different ingredients. You can make your own natural repellent by diluting essential oils in alcohol, witch hazel, or a gentle vegetable oil, such as almond, sunflower, or jojoba. If it’s your first time using one of the essential oils listed below, test a small amount of the finished recipe on the back of your hand before applying elsewhere. Yield: 2 ounces.

• 1/4 cup alcohol, witch hazel, or oil
• 10 to 20 drops selected essential oil

+ Cinnamon repels mosquitoes.
+ Eucalyptus repels mosquitoes, ticks, and lice.
+ Citronella repels mosquitoes, flies.
+ Orange repels fleas.
+ Geranium repels mosquitoes, ticks, and lice.

Directions: Combine ingredients and pour into a clean, dry container. To use, spray or dab onto your exposed skin or clothing.

Find more helpful recipes in Natural Insect Repellents.

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