Commercial Bug Repellant is so incredibly toxic with dangerous chemicals such as DEET. As an Earthie Mama I want to make sure that my children only have the most natural ingredients on their skin. While living in Costa Rica, I had to figure out how to protect my family from the overwhelming amounts of bugs. During the day I would put on the Bug Repellant Sunscreen which I developed specifically for the hot sun and the abundance of bugs. I found it would protect us for 4 plus hours. However, after a day in the sun, in and out of the ocean and a shower to clean it all off, we needed something for the evenings, to protect us from biting bugs while we were sleeping.
This recipe can be made very simply with your choice of essential oil/s and a ‘carrier’ oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply after a few hours or when you feel like the bugs are biting. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight. If you wish, you may combine the oil with aloe vera gel to change the consistency to more of a spreadable lotion.
*The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:
- cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
- neem oil (mosquitoes, fleas, flies, small bugs you can’t even see)
- eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
- citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
- castor oil (mosquitoes)
- orange oil (fleas)
- rose geranium (ticks and lice)
- peppermint (spiders)
- catnip (mosquitoes and fleas)
*Safe carrier include:
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- sunflower oil
- witch hazel
Ratio: For an 8 oz bottle of bug spray you would fill the bottle with the carrier(s) and then add about 40 drops or more of essential oils.
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It has been tested all over the world and it keeps the bugs away the natural way.
Don’t let the bed bugs bite 😉
Alex ( Earthie Mama)
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Make Your Own Sunscreen
Many of the commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients that actually raise the risk of skin cancer. However, natural sunscreen can get very pricey especially if you are like me with a family of 5! So I formulated a sunscreen that I make at home and is non toxic and all natural. While you are blocking the harmful rays of the sun, your skin is getting nourished with all of the wonderful natural ingredients. Your skin will look and feel better than before you started using it.