Summer is here and so are the bugs. What is the point of getting fit and hot if you are going to have unsightly red bumps all over your limbs? I just traveled to a desert town in Southern California where it was 108 in the shade. Everyone was spraying that chemical bug spray. I declined. Not only do I hate the smell but I don’t like all the chemicals. However I paid for my decision to go without. I got bitten badly. So it got me thinking. Is there an effective natural choice? Well apparently there is. I did some research. It looks like the best DIY bug repellent is actually effective. It has to be reapplied more often, but no chemicals. According to, these home made repellants work well. Don’t use any on children younger than three years old though. This was the best concoction I found. I asked around too and people seemed to agree:

  • 2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: witch hazel or vodka (find witch hazel here)
  • 2 tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (which contains natural insecticidal compounds) – (where to buy these oils)
  • ½ teaspoon vodka as preservative (if not already using)
  • 100-110 drops essential oils (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)

Add the liquids to a small spray bottle. Add essential oils. Shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours.

Enjoy the outdoors without getting eaten alive. Avoid the itchy red bumps AND the awful chemicals by making your own bug spray! Happy summer!


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