19 Jun Recipe // All-Natural Mosquito Repellent
There are few things in this world that I dislike… and it saddens me to admit that the thing that tops that list happens to be an animal. Although it is one of God’s creatures, I despise the mosquito. And this year, they are EVERYWHERE [I think it’s because of all the rain we’ve had in Texas]! On the one hand, we needed the rain. On the other, mosquitos. And you, other hand, must go. Because I found a little red, itchy dot on my baby boy’s leg and now IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, MOSQUITO. You heard me. Momma Bear is NOT happy.
SO, I set out to do what I could to keep those skeeters off me and my boys and ended up creating my own insect repellent using essential oils! This DIY Bug Spray is all-natural, safe to use on babies [and even your pups to keep ticks away!], and actually works! Check it out!
DIY All-Natural Insect Repellent
Here’s what you need:
A small spray bottle
Geranium Essential Oil*
Castor Oil [I’ve heard of other oils [coconut, olive, almond] being used here. I chose castor oil because it is the least fragrant of the other oils, it’s safe on skin and nasty to the bugs too! Double whammy!]
1. Pour 2 Tbs of Castor Oil into the bottle
2. Add 20 drops of geranium oil
3. Replace lip and shake well.
4. Use as needed to repel bugs
This is safe to spray on children, adults and even your pets! Add a drop of geranium oil to their collars to help keep ticks away too! Who knew?
*There are other essential oil blends that I’ve seen recommended for bug spray, such as rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus and lemon. I chose geranium because I thought it would smell yummy. It didn’t STINK, but I’ll be adding lavender or eucalyptus to my next batch! If you do this, make sure you increase the amount of carrier oil. The ratio should always be 1 tbs per 10 drops.
We tried this out the other day and it worked! Hooray!! not going to lie, though. I had a bottle of some all-natural, store-bought stuff too just in case!
So take that mosquitos!! Don’t be messing with THIS GIRL’S family!
I hope you all stay bug-free this weekend!