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.

By Annie B. Bond

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Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

No more chemicals

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.about a year ago

great info...ordering oils now

Angilina J.
Angilina J.2 years ago

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

Steve Salomon
Steve Salomon2 years ago

you have to try the one made by Mission Essentials !
It works great, smells great and feels good - no oily afterfeel.
check them out @ www.mission-essentials.com

Susan Brandon
Susan Brandon2 years ago

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.

Maura Phillips
Maura Phillips2 years ago

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!!

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

thanks for sharing

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Vita Pagh
Vita P.2 years ago

Thank you for info.

Liling O.2 years ago

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