Natural Insect Repellent

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I live in the epicenter of past West Nile Virus outbreaks, and with Dengue fever on the rise I really like to have my kids to have some mosquito protection when they go outdoors.  While we occasionally use DEET products when my boys go traipsing into the deep woods, I prefer something natural for everyday use. We strive to live as chemical free as possible. I use a simple essential oil blend. I blend the oils myself and only add 2 other ingredients, both of which are optional.


Natural Insect Repellent

2 drops Thyme Oil

2 drops Lavender Oil

2 drops Peppermint Oil

4 drops Lemongrass Oil

1/3 cup water or witch hazel

2-3 drops glycerin (optional)

To Make Insect Repellent: Mix all ingredients in a 4oz spray bottle.

Different people respond to essential oils differently and then of course different insects respond differently to different people and sprays. So sometimes you have to experiment to figure out the right combination.

Oils that repel insects:

Also,  test your blend on a small area before you spray it all over yourself. Please use caution when using essential oils on children. When using essential oils on children they should always be diluted with a carrier oil or shaken in a large amount of water.

I have ordered essential oils from a lot of different companies and have not found any better quality or price than Spark Naturals. In addition they offer Seed To Pantry School readers a 10% discount when you use the coupon code AWCOW.

  • nickieB says:

    Have you ever used the Nature blend instead of the individual oils? Is Witch hazel the best carrier for the spray?

  • Darlene Schwartz says:

    Hi Jennifer, Your recipe says to use a 2oz spray bottle. 2oz is 1/4 cup, so 1/3 cup of liquid will not fit.


  • diana pierce says:

    Hi Jennifer! I first made my own insect repellent when I found out at Girl’s Camp that I was severely allergic to Deet. A year later we had a 3 day trek with the youth of our church, so I made up my own formula (my youth said I smelled like spaghetti sauce, lol!) and made it into a salve. On Day 2, NO ONE made fun of the way I smelled anymore, but instead, begged to use the salve since they had ant, tick, and other critter bites from the previous day. Works wonders, and skin feels very smooth and soft after just a few days use…and no bites! Thanks for all of your posts! Diana

  • Todd Walker says:

    Great resource, Jennifer! I use tea tree oil and a carrier oil for my repellant. Gotta mix some up soon. 🙂

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