BUG OFF! 5 DIY Bug Repellent Recipes

Spring has Sprung… that means sunshine, hiking, mosquitos and ticks! Wait! Don’t go locking yourself indoors just yet... Enjoy this 5 minute read on how to create 5 easy non toxic insect repellents without breaking the bank!




Why not store bought repellent - is DEET dangerous?

Most store bought repellents contain DEET (a man made chemical used as a repellent of biting insects) and polymers (more chemicals that extend the release of the deet and prevent it from evaporating). DEET shows time and time again to be the best inorganic insect repellent in product trials and studies… but is it harming the largest organ on our body, our skin?   DEET can act as an irritant; in rare cases, it may cause severe epidermal reactions. Other symptoms that can occur are breathing difficulty, burning eyes, and headaches. You can overdose from DEET. In the DEET Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) in 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported 14 to 46 cases of potential DEET-associated seizures, including 4 deaths. The EPA states: "... it does appear that some cases are likely related to DEET toxicity," which may underreport the risk as physicians may fail to check for history of DEET use or fail to report cases of seizure subsequent to DEET use. Through transdermal absorption DEET can build up in your system. The added polymers increases this risk. If you are like me and would rather turn to less harmful organic alternatives to DEET then this is the article for you!

*NOTE* If you are in a bind and decide to opt out for a store bought repellent try to search for one with Eucalyptol as the active ingredient. Eucalyptol is an organic monoterpene, achieved from fractional distillation of eucalyptus oil, and has proven successful in several trial studies as an insect repellent.




Making bug repellents with essential oils-what you need to know

Essential oils are created by taking massive amounts of plant material and distilling it into a very concentrated oil. Often times you need several hundred pounds of plant material to make one single pound of essential oil. Before ever buying and using your own essential oils we recommend you do two things.


1.Research how to safely use essential oils. Learning how to properly dilute your essential oil for different uses will help prevent skin irritation, toxicity and wastefulness.

2.Research conflict free essential oils. Due to the excessive amounts of plant material used to make a single bottle of essential oil, this can raise questions if essential oils are sustainable. Luckily, there are urban gardening initiatives paving the forefront of sustainable essential oils. Do your part as a consumer and practice due diligence before you buy.


10 insect repelling essential oils

The FDA only recognizes the combination of eucalyptus and lemon essential oils as effective insect repellent (we included a recipe on how to make your own later in the article). Though the FDA doesn't recognize any other essential oils as insect repellents, below is a list of commonly used essential oils found in natural products in today’s market.


1. Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of citronella oil here


2. Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of peppermint oil here 3. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of eucalyptus oil here 4. Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of clove oil here 5. Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of tea tree oil here 6. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of oregano oil here 7. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of thyme oil here 8. Basil (Ocimum basilicum)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of basil oil here

9. Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus )- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of lemon grass oil here 10. Lemon (Citrus limonum)- Read up on the composition, uses and risks of lemon oil here

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DIY recipes brought to you by Holistic Hut


Recipe #1 Mosquito Spray / Lemon Eucalyptus:

What you’ll need:

-Witch hazel (alcohol and paraben free) -15 drops eucalyptus essential oil (you can also use eucalyptol) -15 drops lemon essential oil -Clean and sterilized 4 oz glass amber spray bottle -Clean and sterilized funnel -Clean and sterilized work space -Label -Pen -Hand soap Instructions: - In your designated sterilized workspace, take your spray bottle drop in your essential oils. Most bottles of essential oils come with a dropper so this step should not require a funnel - Once you added have your 15 drops of lemon and 15 drops of eucalyptus you can use the sterilized funnel to fill the bottle the rest of the way with witch hazel *Leave enough room at the top of the bottle so that the bottle won't overflow when you screw on your sprayer* - Wash your hands with soap incase you have trace amounts of undiluted essential oil on you to prevent transdermal absorption or skin irritation - Write your information on your label, for this case you should include 1. The name of the product : Bug Repellent 2. The ingredients (listed from most used ingredient to least used ingredient): witch hazel, lemon eo, eucalyptus eo 3. Day created


How to store: The glass amber bottles will extend the life of the essential oils. Use within one calendar year from the day it was created.

Application Instructions: Shake well before use. Re apply every 6 hours don’t use more than three times a day.



Recipe #2 Mosquito + Tick Spray / Citronella:


What you’ll need:

-Witch hazel (alcohol and paraben free) -15 drops citronella essential oil -15 drops lemongrass essential oil -10 drops eucalyptus -10 drops clove ( *hot oil - Exclude from recipe for children 10 and under*) -Clean and sterilized 4 oz glass amber spray bottle -Clean and sterilized funnel -Clean and sterilized work space -Label -Pen -Hand soap

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Instructions: - In your designated sterilized workspace, take your spray bottle and drop in your essential oils. Most bottles of essential oils come with a dropper so this step should not require a funnel - Once you have added your 15 drops citronella essential oil, 15 drops lemongrass essential oil, 10 drops eucalyptus, and 10 drops clove you can use the sterilized funnel to fill the bottle the rest of the way with witch hazel *leave enough room at the top of the bottle so that the bottle won't overflow when you screw on your sprayer* - wash your hands with soap incase you have trace amounts of undiluted essential oil on you to prevent transdermal absorption or skin irritation - Write your information on your label, for this case you should include 1. The name of the product : Bug Repellent 2. The ingredients (listed from most used ingredient to least used ingredient): witch hazel, citronella eo, lemongrass eo, eucalyptus eo, clove eo 3. Day created


How to store: The glass amber bottles will extend the life of the essential oils. Use within one calendar year from the day it was created.

Application Instructions: Shake well before use. Re apply every 6 hours don’t use more than three times a day.


Recipe #3 - Bug Repellent Lotion

(2% essential oil dilution rate - maximum dilution rate for daily use products. Ratio: 18 EO drops / 6 us teaspoons carrier oil. Note that this is a suggested range and not a specific dosage - research your essential oils before use)


What you’ll need: -8 drops lemon -4 drops eucalyptus -4 drops citronella -2 drops clove (*hot oil - Exclude from recipe for children 10 and under*) -Clean and sterilized 4 oz glass amber jar -Clean and ceramic mixing bowl and mixer -Clean and sterilized work space -2 tsp shea butter -2 tsp cup cocoa butter -2 tsp cup coconut oil. -2 tsp cup light oil (like almond, jojoba, or olive) -spoon (silicon spatula will work best)

-Label -Pen -Hand soap

Instructions:

In your designated sterile workspace, put your pre portioned oils, essential oils and butters in the mixing bowl (best to use non reactive mixing bowls like glass or ceramic)

Using a hand whisk or electric whisk, whip the body butter for at least 120 seconds ( pour your love and intention into the mixture - Let the plants know you are using their properties to be a bug repellant so you aren't bringing toxins in the woods with you)

Once the oils have mixed into an even solution, you can stop mixing and pour the whipped body butter into your glass amber jar.

Wash your hands thoroughly incase you got undiluted essential oils on them

-Write your information on your label, for this case you should include 1. The name of the product : Bug Repellent Body Butter 2. The ingredients (listed from most used ingredient to least used ingredient): shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, (what ever light oil you used),lemon eo, eucalyptus eo, citronella eo, clove eo 3. Day created


How to store: The glass amber bottles will extend the life of the oils. Use within one calendar year from the day it was created.

Application Instructions: Re apply every 12 hours, don’t use more than two times a day. If outdoor temperatures cause this body butter to start to melt, mix well before applying.

Recipe #4 - Outdoor Citronella Candle

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What you’ll need: -2 Quart sized mason jars with lids -Citronella essential oil -Lemon essential oil -Eucalyptus essential oil -2 tea light candles with metal bottoms -Fresh citronella spring (optional) -Fresh slices of lemon (optional) -Fresh eucalyptus spring (optional) -Label -Hand soap


Instructions:

In one mason jar add 40 drops of citronella essential oil and the citronella clipping (optional). Fill up jar with water and place the tea light on top to float on top of the water.

In the other mason jar put 20 drops lemon essential oil, 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil, fresh eucalyptus clipping (optional), fill up jar with water, place fresh lemon slice floating on top covering water surface (optional), place the tea light on top of the lemon/water

The metal will keep the flame away from the essential oils. I have done this DIY candle many times with much success. When you are done with the candle, take the tea light out of the mason jar and apply lid to use again. This can last up to 1 week.



Recipe #5 - Outdoor Essential Oil Blend for Diffuser

An awesome diffuser essential oil blend for back porches or on the go pocket diffusers. Blend composition: 2/4 Citronella 1/4 lemon 1/4 eucalyptus EXAMPLE for large diffuser: 20 drops citronella 10 drops lemon 10 drops eucalyptus



Money savings


Choosing to make your own essential oil products at home can save you lots of money down road. Investing $50 in essential oils and a glass amber spray bottle you can refill your bug spray hundreds of times before running out, making your final price pennies on the dollar. Creating at home also gives you the freedom to create your own custom blends that work best for you!

Don't want to make your own?

Interested in the benefits of botanical bug sprays but don't have the time or money to make your own? Don't worry, Holistic Hut makes Botanical bug spray! Click the image below to get yours today!




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