Blend essential oils in this effective, homemade bug spray recipe.
Fleas seem to be repelled by orange scents.
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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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