Monday, June 1, 2015

Bugger Off Natural Bug Spray

Summer break has officially started in my household and that means it is time to make up a batch of my Bugger Off Bug Spray. (This post has a great bug bite balm if the 'squitos were out before you were protected) This spray is just as effective as its store-bought counterparts, without all of the dangerous chemicals and a lot more affordable than the safer natural brands.

I purchase all of my essential oils from either Mountain Rose Herbs or Swanson's Vitamins. If you are new to essential oils then there might be a sticker shock- but there are typically 600 drops in one ounce. Each bottle lasts a long time. A quick note on the essential oils being used: omit the peppermint oil for children under 6 years of age as it can effect their breathing if inhaled. Just up the lavender and citronella essential oils another 15 drops each. As with any bug spray, be very careful not to get into the eyes.

Bugger Off Bug Spray
By: Living Life Granola
4 oz glass spray bottle
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup distilled water
40 drops lavender essential oil
40 drops citronella essential oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil*

Combine all ingredients in the glass spray bottle. If possible, let sit for four days to synergize. Shake before use and store out of direct sunlight.

*Omit if using on children under 6 years of age. Add additional 15 drops each of the lavender and citronella essential oils.

Wishing everyone a safe, fun and bug-free summer break!

Linked with the Simply Natural Saturdays blog series.
*This post was their featured article of the week.

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