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Easily Custom Make Your Own Insect Repellent

Easily Custom Make Your Own Insect Repellent

Are you mostly concerned about repelling ticks? Wasps? Mosquitoes? Black flies?
It seems that all of us have our own unique set of problems when it comes to insects. The mosquitoes don’t seem to bite one person, but ticks love them.

Fortunately, there are particular essential oils that are particularly good for different types of bugs. Here is a very simple formula for making your own repellent oil, plus the very best essential choices for stinging bugs!

Insect Repellent
Here is an easy repellent to make that has a shelf life of around six months. Label jars “mosquito,” “tick,” etc. for quick identification.

1o to 25 drops essential oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive oil is fine)
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Here are some suggestions for your choice of essential oils:

Bug Repellent Essential Oils
Caution: Pregnant women should consult with their doctors before using.

Ticks First Choice: Rose Geranium
Other: Palmerosa, bay, eucalyptus, European pennyroyal
lavender, tickweed (American pennyroyal)

Mosquitoes: Pennyroyal, lemon balm (citronella), thyme, lavender

Blackflies: Sassafras, lavender, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, cedar, lemon balm (citronella), peppermint

Head Lice: Tea tree, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, rose geranium

Fleas: Orange oil

A note about wasps and yellow jackets: Don’t wear perfume, hair spray, or scented
deodorant. Avoid wearing bright colored clothing.

Read more: Nature, Natural Pest Control

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:43AM PDT on Oct 3, 2014

No more chemicals

4:13AM PDT on Oct 3, 2014

great info...ordering oils now

7:04AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

how do I get the oil out of the fresh herbs?

2:42PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

you have to try the one made by Mission Essentials !
It works great, smells great and feels good - no oily afterfeel.
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2:05AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Protecting against bites is so important. I have a chronic disease from a tick bite I received 30 years ago and it's no picnic. It terrifies me when my kids and grand kids go camping or hiking but because of what happened to me they take insect repellent seriously and they check each other frequently for ticks. If you get bit by a tick and develop a rash at the site of the bite, seek medical attention immediately. If it is Lyme disease you only have a small window of time to receive the appropriate antibiotics to keep it from becoming a chronic condition.

6:33AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Terrific! So hope they work!! For HUMANS!! I wholeheartedly agree that none of these insect repellents should be used on animals (listen to your vet everyone). And Thank You Care2, nowhere in the article was it stated that any of the insect repellents could or should be used on pets!!

9:57AM PDT on May 12, 2013

thanks for sharing

10:37AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013


2:25PM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thank you for info.

9:00AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Very informative, but I'd rather stick with traditional formulas, because I wouldn't want to sacrifice the health of my pets

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