Homemade Insect Repellent

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Homemade Insect Repellent

Looking for a Homemade Insect Repellent? This homemade insect repellent is a great option.  The insects are intense in Florida during the summer .  I feel much better about putting these non-toxic ingredients on my kiddos.  I love DIY formulas that are quick, easy and actually work.
Fill a spray bottle with:
3 ounces water
1 ounce witch hazel or aloe vera juice
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
*Tea tree oil and lavender oil can also be applied to insect bites to stop the itching. (make sure you use a buffer oil to mix with the tea tree like jojoba oil for sensitive skin)
We have used this formula successfully… and insects really do hate the smell of these essential oils.  You need to reapply homemade bug repellents more often that the store bought.  My suggestion is to reapply every 2 hours.  But everyone may be a little different.

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By | 2017-10-10T14:12:18-04:00 March 6th, 2012|Beauty Products, Green Living, Home Remedies|2 Comments

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I am a mother of 3. We eat nourishing and traditional food at home. We use natural healing successfully with essential oils, herbs, and homeopathy. We love being in the outdoors and living the "green" life.


  1. Lisa Marcia June 10, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Have you found this mixture works well? I’m tired of buying chemically filled lotions and them not working. 🙂

  2. Green Boot Kaley June 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Yes. Tea tree oil really helps to repel them. Citrus oil also works. You just have to reapply it a few times. Each spray will last about 1-2 hours. We also have a local lady that sells an awesome bug repellent bar (she makes them). I will send you a link. I use this bar and it lasts longer. The bugs are bad in Florida- so I can only use things that work!

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