Make Your Own Bug Spray Non Toxic!
DEET, Picaridin, indalone, dimethyl phthalate and Rutgers 612. That’s what could be in your bug spray. What are these chemicals and what are they doing to your body? Bugs will not be the only thing to be gone. You will could also lose neurological connections; 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. And because your skin is a passage way to your bloodstream, you may have just doused yourself internally with toxins.
Witch Hazel, water, glycerin, and Essential oils Those are the ingredients in my homemade bug spray. On my journey to inner peace and traveling to Key West for yoga, a stop on the Floating Sea brought bites and nips galore! This was wonderful even though I was itching and scratching like crazy! I could finally try out my concoction and if it worked, well then bugs be gone. If it didn’t work, well lets not talk about that. As we are unloading the van so I can find my magical potion, I know I fed at least 10 of the little guys. After dousing myself in spray using doTERRA TerraShield mix, I bravely headed back out to see what wanted to snack on me now. To my surprise, I was only tasted one time in 3 trips van to boat! My creation worked! At least for the species we were surrounded by and how our particular scents were due to what we ate or applied to ourselves that day. When creating your own potions, one concept stands out for me. After multiple trial and errors, you find out that one recipe is not a cure all. Just because it worked one time doesn’t mean it will always work as everyone exudes different scents or odors.
Bug Spray Ingredients
- Essential oil: 30-50 drops TerraShield by doTERRA or be your own mixologist and use Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
- Witch Hazel 1/2 cup
- Boiled Water 1/2 cup
- Vegetable glycerin 1 TBSP
Combine the above ingredients in a spray bottle and squirt away! Make sure to shake it up before each use as the essential oil can settle.
Other bug repelling ideas are below that have not been tested by me yet are highly recommended by others!
- Oil of Citronella has been used extensively since 1948 without any reports of adverse effects of concern. https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/reg_actions/registration/fs_PC-021901_01-Nov-99.pdf
- Mix lavender, clove, eucalyptus, clove, catnip, lemon eucalyptus, citronella essential oil together or any combination of the oils with a carrier oil and apply to skin
- mix vanilla with witch hazel and water for a spray
I’ve also read somewhere that effectiveness and duration of plant-based topical repellents improve when they are mixed with vanillin (a primary organic compound in vanilla extract) and/or soybean oil. In my experience, there is power in numbers! Just be sure to research and learn about any ingredient you are going to use. Be aware and understand that even though the ingredients for making a homemade bug spray are non toxic by themselves, there is always a risk of allergy and over exposure.