DIY Insect Repellent
This video shows you how to whip up a quick and easy DIY insect repellent in about 2 minutes.
Witch Hazel– Witch hazel is made from the bark and leaves of a plant called Hamamelis virginiana. Witch hazel has been used for many years in traditional medicine as a topical remedy for many skin conditions. It contains tannins which give it an astringent property. Astringent means it tightens and tones the skin. It is also used as an emulsifying agent to suspend the essential oils in the recipe. It also may be an insect repellent.
Apple Cider Vinegar– Mosquitoes are repelled by the scent of vinegar, so the apple cider vinegar in this recipe makes an effective mosquito repellent. Once the scent wears off the essential oils will give you continued protection.
Tea Tree Essential Oil– Tea Tree oil is highly effective as a repellent for biting insects. Most insect repellents contain chemicals that may be toxic, so tea tree essential oil provides an effective alternative.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil– As with tea tree oil, eucalyptus essential oil is another proven mosquito repellent.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil– The smell of Juniper Berry essential oil is almost as effective as citronella in repelling mosquitoes.
By adding these 3 essential oils we can triple the effectiveness of the repellent over just using a single oil. I have seen many recipes calling for the use of 40-50 drops of a single essential oil.
This recipe uses 15 drops of each essential oil to total 45 drops of highly effective repellent oils.
Try out this quick and effective DIY insect repellent and let me know how it works for you. With biting insect season fast approaching, or already here in some areas, it is good to know there is a natural alternative to chemical laden insect repellents available.
I would like to caution that I wouldn’t use this on children less than 3 years old due to the eucalyptus essential oil, which has a high 1,8 Cineole content that can cause respiratory issues with very young children and babies. I would also caution pregnant women and nursing mothers about using this recipe.