How to Make Homemade Bug Repellent Spray With Essential Oils

Looking for a safer and more natural approach to repelling bugs? In a world where concerns about toxic chemicals and their impact on our health and the environment prevail, taking control of what we put on our bodies becomes a powerful act of self-care. 

Today, let’s talk about creating our own bug repellent using the magic of essential oils and natural ingredients.

We all can feel the unease that often accompanies the use of mass-produced bug sprays, with their long list of unfamiliar ingredients and potential health risks. But let’s not get too concerned about this:  Here’s how you can feel empowered with the knowledge and tools to blend your own bug repellent that is both effective and toxin-free.

By harnessing the power of essential oils, derived from plants and flowers, we unlock nature's secret arsenal against those persistent insects. Let’s explore a range of essential oils known for their repellent properties, as well as natural ingredients that complement their potency.

Keep reading to delve into the world of natural remedies, sharing a recipe that allow you to customize a bug repellents according to your preferences and specific needs. You'll gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what goes into your homemade repellent, as well as the satisfaction of reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals and contributing to a healthier environment.

So, summer outdoor-lovers, let's join forces to reclaim control over our bug protection, embracing the beauty of nature while ensuring our well-being. Together, we can create a toxin-free world and revel in bug-free adventures that honor our bodies, our values, and our commitment to holistic living.

DIY Bug Away Spray

Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils to use in your natural DIY Bug Spray recipe

Citronella Essential Oil (Cymbopogon winterianusjowitt):

Citronella essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of this swampy bushy grass that grows in humid tropical climates.  The oil is composed of a very high percentage of a certain molecule that has been shown to ward off insects and microbes, especially mosquitos. It also is very antifungal, and antibacterial which makes it a great oil to use during the summer when spending a lot of time outside.


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Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Flexuosus):

Steam distilled from the long leafy leaves of another bushy grass that grows in very humid and tropical climates.  In fact, Lemongrass is actually a botanical relative of Citronella and shares many of the same aromatherapeutic properties.  For example, Lemongrass also is composed of the same unique molecule from Citronella that is responsible for repelling insects, warding off germs and microbes and drying up damp conditions.  Plus it even smells very similar!


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Turmeric Essential Oil (Curcuma longa):

Turmeric essential oil is steam distilled from the fleshy orange rhizome of the turmeric plant.  A relative of Ginger, Turmeric is also antimicrobial and antiseptic.  However, unlike ginger, turmeric has some unique bioactive compounds that research has shown are particularly effective for keeping ticks and mosquitos away.


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Geranium Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis):

Steam distilled from the fragrant leaves of this large herbaceous bush that is native to the middle east.  It is loaded with molecules that have been shown to be antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial.  In fact one molecule in particular is well documented for its effects against keeping mosquitos away! Plus its rosey aroma is very calming, so if bugs stress you out - this oil will certainly keep you feeling calmer.


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Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia):

Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of this tall fast growing tree that is native to Australia.  Its aromatherapeutic properties and benefits are many, and it’s been well documented that tea tree oil can deter bugs, and keep germs and microbes away. It’s a great essential oil to reach for when wanting to deter bugs.


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DIY Bug Spray with Essential Oils

Here’s how to make your own natural DIY Bug Spray with Essential Oils

This recipe makes one 4 ounce bottle.

What you’ll need:

  • Small digital scale
  • Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
  • Stirrers, either metal or glass
  • Small whisk
  • One 4 ounce (approximately 100 grams)  glass bottle with a sprayer.
  • Blank Labels
  • Parchment Paper
  • Paper towel


  • 100 grams ( about ½ cup of distilled water)
  • 3 drops of Citronella
  • 3 drops of Lemongrass
  • 12 drops of Turmeric
  • 12 drops of Geranium
  • 14 drops of Tea Tree


  1. Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean.  That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter.  Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
  2. Set out your digital scale and all other blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
  3. Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
  4. Using your small digital scale, and measuring spoons, measure and weigh your distilled water and pour it into a beaker or a measuring cup.
  5. Add all the essential oils into the beaker with the distilled water and stir well.
  6. Next, pour the mixture into your 4 ounce glass bottle, insert the sprayer and tighten and shake the bottle vigorously.
  7. Make up a name for your DIY Bug Away Spray, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach the label to the bottle.
  8. Always shake the bottle vigorously before spraying, and make sure to avoid your face and eyes. 

In Conclusion

In conclusion, choosing natural ingredients to keep mosquitoes away offers numerous benefits that align with our well-being and values. By opting for natural repellents, we reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals, protecting our health and that of our environment. 

Additionally, natural ingredients often come with added therapeutic properties, benefiting our skin and overall wellness. Embracing a holistic approach to mosquito prevention allows us to connect with nature, harness its gifts, and live in harmony with the world around us. 

Let's prioritize our health and the environment by making conscious choices and embracing the power of nature's defense against mosquitoes.

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