I don’t believe that I’m alone when I say that I hate bugs. More specifically, I hate mosquitoes. 

They are annoying, they buzz around your ears and face, and they bite.

{Insert crazy lady face}

We have been trying to reduce the amount of harsh chemicals in our household, mostly by using things like Castille soap, coconut oil, and essential oils. One of the harshest chemicals that you can use on your body? Deet. Originally tested in the jungles of Vietnam during the war (it was created by the US Army), this chemical is the main ingredient in many pesticides and most bug sprays that we spray on our bodies.

Bottom line? It’s toxic. 

So we went for a different option, especially since we had an infant and that is not something you spray willy-nilly on a baby! I called up my essential oil guru friends, Jess and Edye (both doTerra reps), and I asked them what I could mix up that would work to battle bugs.

Jess suggested a blend of lavender and lemongrass mixed with water and put in a spray bottle. She uses that on her 3 small kids and has had great results with it. She also loves that it isn’t harsh or bad smelling.

Edye suggested a combination of lemongrass, lavender, blue cypress, and peppermint mixed with coconut oil. She mentioned that blue cypress specifically battles mosquitoes, and that ticks hate peppermint. Perfect to battle the things we hate the most!

So I tested it!

My results? Very few bugs would even come near me. 

Best part?  I didn’t smell like the inside of a Bass Pro Shop. I smelled fresh and clean.

Even better part? The oils didn’t leave my skin dry and irritated like with Deet. 

I know that the summer is slowly coming to end, but that doesn’t mean that bugs head back to anywhere…they are a permanent attraction. So next time you head outside, leave the Deet-filled spray cans and go natural!

Kate’s Easy Oil Bug Spray

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops blue cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 TBSP sweet almond oil (Whole Foods Brand)
  • Mix all ingredients together and apply to whole body. 
  • ***This amount will last for quite a few applications. The oil goes a long way.***
Any blends that worked for you? Let us know!
Looking for a different essential oil remedy? Check out my burn relief spray and Jude’s eczema treatment!
{{Photo Credit :: Curious Chase}}

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