Most insect repellents on the market today are full of chemicals. Why would you want to repeatedly spray your body with unhealthful products in order to enjoy the outdoors?
Try one of these natural recipes:
Herbal oil insect repellent
Use this oil every day when bugs are at their worst. As a bonus, your skin will be soft, conditioned, and pleasantly fragranced.
- 1/2 cup soybean base oil (it has natural insect-repellent properties)
- 15 drops each of the following essential oils: lemongrass, geranium, catnip
- 10 drops basil or eucalyptus radiate essential oil
Add all ingredients directly to a storage container (squeeze bottle or glass spritzer). Shake the mixture to blend, and allow it to synergize for 1 hour. No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please store the blend away from light and heat and use within 6 to 12 months. Shake well before each use. During the height of bug season, you can use this herbal oil-based repellent as a bath oil, scalp massage oil and all-purpose body moisturising oil.
Lemony insect repellent spray
This light-textured natural repellent leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean and pleasantly scented.
- 2 cups witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
- 20 drops citronella essential oil
- 20 drops lemongrass essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Shake the mixture vigorously to blend. No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please store the blend away from light and heat and use within a year. Shake well before each use. Apply liberally to skin as needed – approximately, every hour. Caution: This blend may stain white or pale-colored clothing.
Reference: Tourles, S. (2007) Organic body care recipes.