Bugging Out


During the warmer months, I work from a back room in our house that has 6 big windows, and a glass door that leads out to our deck.  It’s beautiful. ♥  I will always prefer fresh air over air conditioning, so when the weather permits, I leave the door open slightly (This is partially to save me from having to get up and let Sneaks out every time he spots a squirrel through the window, and wants to run after it, too!).  I love the warm breezes that flow in, but I do. not. love. getting eaten alive by bugs – which is exactly what happened to me last week (My own fault, I know!).

After a night spent tossing, turning, and itching – and having one really terrible bite on my face – I decided to research some all-natural insect repellent alternatives.  It turns out that I already had several of them stowed away in my cupboards!

For these purposes, I decided to focus on mosquitoes, as they are the most obvious culprits!  You can take several approaches in making a water or oil-based mixture, and in combining your favorite essential oils (See the list of effective options, below!), or dried herbs {Note: Rubbing a few lavender flowers/leaves on your body is another quick fix!} – Do what you like best!  I decided to try adding vanilla extract as well, because believe it or not, it functions as an insect repellent – and smells delicious, of course!  No matter what combination you choose, I promise that the finished product will be infinitely better than being sucked dry (Ewww!)!  And, as a result I hope you get to enjoy some of those warm breezes too : )

Have a great day, everyone!



Homemade Mosquito Repellent
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Recipe type: Beauty
Serves: 1
  • Small, clean, spray bottle or glass jar
  • 4 tablespoons boiled or distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel or rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 50 drops essential oils (I like Lavender and Geranium with the Vanilla, but Citronella is a favorite too!)
  1. Combine all ingredients in your bottle (or jar) and shake well.
  2. Apply to dry skin, and reapply every 2 hours, or as needed.
  3. Store in a cool, dark, place.


PS – This recipe will not save you from spiders – but they were the only buggy props I had ; )


5 Responses to Bugging Out

  1. katelon says:

    Great idea. The only thing I would caution is that some essential oils like lemon and lemongrass are photo sensitive and could create more of a sunburn or sun reaction.

  2. Carole M. says:

    Beautiful and informative post – – as I am allergic to most commercially made bug sprays this would be a welcome alternative. As always – – you are so creative and innovative – – Thank You!!

  3. Jen Davis says:

    Oh you have such a way..even the creepy crawlies look lovely :)! We used a similar mixture when we had a bunch of spiders who wanted to celebrate spring with us, ack! I think we used lavender and orange (maybe lemon too.) I hadn’t thought to apply it to me!

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