Yep, it’s that time of year again. Whenever it starts to get warm – we all get spring fever and can’t wait to get outside. I live in the woods and some days I forget even in early spring that I NEED to have bug spray on.
Last year the ticks where really bad, this year when we got our first warm spell the ticks where already out! I’m hoping sense we got freezing cold temps right after that it may have killed a good batch of them. But I still gotta be prepared.
So I’m making up a new batch of all natural bug spray for me and the fur babies. I started using an all natural bug deterrent last summer and yep it works – just as long as you remember to put it on. You smell like a walking citronella candle, but I didn’t get one bug bite the whole summer!
Since it worked so well for me, I decided to try it out on my dogs. Well, the dogs hated the smell and so did the mosquitos, flies and ticks!
Now that I tested it out, I feel confident that I an share it with you, so below is my prone all natural bug repellent spray.
*Note, I don’t have children, so I don’t know if this would be safe to use on them. Some people say essential oils are not safe to use on kids, others say it’s safe.
The way I see it… if you’re using or have been using, any store bought brands… your kids are getting tons of harmful chemicals – essential oils are all natural, derived 100% from plants. If used in moderation to their body size, there should be no reason why you can’t use it on children. Just a thought.
All Natural Bug Repellent Essential Oil Blend
- Dark Colored Spray Bottle
- Natural Witch Hazel (unscented alcohol free)
- Fractionated Coconut Oil (organic is best)
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Cajupet Essential Oil
Recipe is for an 8oz spray bottle
- Fill spray bottle 1/2 way with fractionated coconut oil
- Add 30-50 drops of each essential oil. The more you add the stronger it will be. Minimum is 30 of each.
- Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
Shake lightly to mix contents. Then spray directly to hair, skin or cloths. You can also spray directly into your hands and wipe on your face and around your ears.
When apply on dogs, you can spray directly to coat or collar. Be sure to get their underbelly and legs. Just doing alittle on their collar won’t be enough to deter ticks. You need to make sure it’s all over.
Some people argue that the brand of essential oils doesn’t matter… I beg to differ. No 2 brands of essential oils are alike, which is why when I started buying more essential oils I chose Spark Naturals. The price is incredible considering the amount of effort the company take to pride you with the best sources and extraction methods for each individual essential oil.
I love that for just $15/month I can save 60% on my essential oils through their “oil of the month” club and that with my coupon code “woodlandmaiden” you can save an extra 10% at checkout!
I’m honored to be associated with a company with such high standards as Spark Naturals.
(funny note, I just thought of this…my first cats name was Sparks)
You can visit their website here: http://destiniingoldsby.com/sparknaturals
P.S. I wanted to share some information about DEET that you may not know. I used to use DEET bug repellent all the time when I was out in the woods… NOT anymore!
One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. DEET is used by an estimated one-third of the US population each year.
Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats.
DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on wildlife and water sources in production and during use. DEET is toxic to birds and aquatic life. DEET has been found in approximately 75 percent of U.S. water sources, including the Mississippi River.
Let’s raise awareness and start using an all natural alternative to insect repellent… please take a second to share with all your girlfriends!