DIY Bug Spray Safe and Effective

A DIY Bug Spray that is safe and effective against mosquitoes, black flies and ticks! Tested for years in the worst Colorado conditions. What we love most is that it’s safe for kids of all ages, and it smells great!

Bug Spray for anyone at any age can be harmful especially if you have any kind of allergic reaction to chemicals and pesticides. Peg’s became concerned of spraying Deet on all us girls at a young age. She was grateful for the companies who did finally create a Deet-free bug spray. However, after using them she realized not all were created equal and not all of them worked against mosquitos, black flies and ticks. If you are concerned about using Deet or any pesticide on our skin, read this article by  Dr. Mercola.

The co-op that we belonged to for nearly 20 years made the best all natural, chemical free, bug spray. It was a blend of essential oils mixed with a carrier oil that really worked. Since this product wasn’t accessible to everyone, we decided to look into making our own… Today we are so excited to share with you our DIY Bug Spray! You can feel relief both from the bugs and that it’s safe to use. If you are unfamiliar with essential oils, or would like to lean more, read this by doTERRA.

Scroll down for the full recipe and watch our DIY Bug Spray video.

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DIY Bug Spray Safe and Effective


Units Scale

Ingredients for DIY Bug Spray

For a 4 oz dark glass spray bottle

1/2 cup Organic Almond or jojoba oil
20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops rosemary or thyme essential oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil essential oil
1014 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
1014 drops lemongrass* (optional)


Method to Make Bug Spray:

Add the oil into your spray bottle.
Add all the drops into the bottle.
Shake well.
Best if stored out of the sun.


*NOTE: lemongrass is sun-sensitve ~ meaning it can give you a sunburn if used directly on your skin and then exposed to the sun. However, if you are spraying it over clothes that is OK.

  • Author: Curry Girls Kitchen


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