Herb-Infused Bug Spray

Combine these fresh herbs for a safe and effective natural insect repellent.


| June/July 2017



herbal bug spray

Lavender and mint can be used to repel insects.


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You can create effective insect repellents using fresh herbs. This is an easy way to use plants already growing in your yard or those available at your local farmers market. Yield: 16 ounces.

• 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
• 2 tbsp fresh lavender leaves, chopped
• 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 cup witch hazel

Directions: Add the fresh herbs to a glass or ceramic container and cover with boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep until cooled completely. Strain out all solids and pour into a sterilized container. Add witch hazel and shake or stir gently to mix. To use, spray or splash onto your skin.

Find more helpful recipes in Natural Insect Repellents.





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