It's no surprise that working outside so much also means a frontal attack by the meanest mosquitoes ever. Despite what you may think, I'm not one of those avid outdoors lovers. Yes, I love nature and gardening and things of that sort, but as soon as the "project" is done, I'm back inside with a quickness. Why? Because my family has diagnosed me as having sweet blood. Don't know if it's a real condition, but ever since childhood, I've been told that my blood was sweet and that's why the bugs just couldn't resist biting me. :-)
Over the years, I've tried many different bug repellants, but in most cases it just attracted the bugs more too me. Whether they actually bit, I'm not sure, but I know one thing, I don't want the bugs swarming all around me even if they don't bite.
So, fast forward to right now, I decided to try my hand at making my own bug spray of sorts. I've seen many "recipes" online, but after reading all of them, it just seems that you need a base and the right essential oils. How you combine them is totally up to you.
Examples of carriers:
- witch hazel
- rubbing alcohol
- carrier oil (i.e. olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil)
Essential Oils that can be used as bug repellants:
- rose geranium
- castor oil
These are the ingredients I used: Witch Hazel, Almond Oil, and Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Citronella, and Lemongrass essential oils. I also had a 2 oz. spray bottle.
Add the oil of choice in the bottle.
Fill right underneath the rim of the bottle with witch hazel. I also added 25 drops of citronella and 15 drops of the other essential oils.
Put the top on and shake, shake, shake...the bottle, that is.
As for the results: I can't say that I never got a bug bite using this spray, but I can say that I definitely got less, significantly less bites. And for me, that's worth the effort. If I had to change anything, it would be totally experimental because I'm not sure which oils would be more effective than others (besides the citronella). Also, the spray ought to smell decent to you and I know which combination of oils I already enjoy. Adding an oddball in there will definitely affect the final scent. If I make changes, I'll let you know. :-)