Natural Insect Repellent for Camping

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Natural Insect Repellent for Camping


Natural Insect Repellent for camping is important to babies, small children, and adults with sensitive skin.  I am very sensitive to fragrances and I use natural insect repellent  for camping and when going places where there are lots of insects or mosquitos.

We are out of town camping this weekend in Idaho and Wyoming.  We are staying at an old farmhouse that sits on 11 acres. The farmhouse was built in the late 1800’s.  The Mosquitos are pretty bad this time of year.  We have a great natural bug repellent and I brought with us my favorite essential oils for repelling insects.  As a general rule use lemongrass and citronella to keep insects at bay.  To deter insects from landing on your skin lavender is the best option.  If you have a spray bottle use it to spray lemongrass ands citronella diluted in water around the room.  You can also fill up your bathtub with water and add these recommended essential oils to the bath water.  Also, fill any empty cups or bowls with hot water and these essential oils and place by the windows or doors where unwelcome insects may enter.  You can use lavender, peppermint, or thyme to do this or even use the following formula:

Natural Insect Repellent for Camping

Thyme 4 drops

Lemongrass 8 drops

Lavender 4 drops

Peppermint 4 drops

If you are camping, like us, it may be worth it too make up a big batch of this natural insect repellent.  It can be used in several different ways.

1. Put 3 drops on a cotton ball and place it near your pillow at night.

2.  Put 2 drops on a ribbon or paper strip and hang them around the balcony, tent, cabin, or window.

3.  Use in combination with your regular lotion and rub onto skin before your trip.  Put 3 drops of essential oil blend with 3 teaspoons of coconut oil or other regular lotion.

4.  Water based splash- 5 drops of the blend, 1 TBSP witch hazel, 5 TBSP water.  Shake them in container before applying to skin.

The ankles are a prime target for mosquitos and other insects.  Try to cover your ankles with socks as much as possible when camping or outdoors.  You can always put a little drop of lavender or citronella at the top of your socks to prevent insect bites.

These natural insect repellent methods work so well! I am even applying the essential oils to my facial creams and using them to prevent bites on my face and the boys faces.  I skipped using the repellent one evening and my 3 year old walked in the house with 5 bites on his head and 1 bite on his neck.  The bites are HUGE! I felt really bad about missing the face that day.

Lavender Essential Oil is a great topical application for bites and stings.  Apply one drop of lavender oil at a time every 5 minutes until a total of 10 drops have been absorbed.  This should help alleviate the pressure or pain.

I hope these natural ideas help your family while camping in the summer!  Remember, always use essential oils with caution.

cows in the field


Source: The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your doctor or health care practitioner before using herbs, homeopathy, essential oils or other natural remedies. PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.

By | 2017-10-05T20:40:16-04:00 June 26th, 2013|NonToxic Skincare|9 Comments

About the Author:

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.


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  3. Olivia March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Super helpful! thanks so much, this is exactly what I was looking for

  4. Jamie April 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I have a 7 month old – should it be diluted or do you think it’s ok for him?

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    I have some geranium and tee tree oil at home. Could I use any of these instead of some of your suggested ingredients? I am just trying to use what I already have at home. Thank you

  6. Dawn April 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I love using all natural products and essential oils. I tried using teatree and lemon oil with coconut oil and bugs were still flying all around my face when I went in the woods. I am a little confused. Maybe it was the coconut oil? Dont insects love lemon and orange citrus fruits and flowers? So how is it we should use lavender and lemon? Please explain this so I can understand better. Also what do you suggest for around your face without having your face oily out in the dirt and woods? Which then leads to clogged pores and breakouts.

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