Camping Season Is On The Way, Time To Make Some Essential Oil Bug Spray Bottles

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Here in Ontario, the snow has melted and for our family camping season is only a few weeks away. From May to October, you will find our family traveling around Ontario and the USA in our travel trailer enjoying the great outdoors.

My husband, Andrew, takes care of getting the RV out of storage and ready for the season, While I am in charge of restocking the travel trailer. And that includes creating several bottles of essential oil bug spray. 

I”m very passionate about creating the healthiest life possible for our family and that includes using as many natural products as I can for our health.  I’ve swapped out many chemicals for homemade cleaners and I use essential oils for a lot of things around our home.

How to create an essential oil bug spray that really works


There are a number of really good essential oils that will keep those pesky bugs away. Finding a combination that seems to deter mosquitoes, black flies and all those other pesky biting bugs was a challenge I was willing to take on last summer.  Thur my own trial and error ( and there were some itchy scratchy errors that happen) I think I have a pretty good essential oil bug spray for you that will work and is a natural product that you don’t have to fear putting on children ( age 3 and up), adults or seniors, it works for the whole family.

Here are some things you're going to want to gather to make your own bottles of essential oil bug spray

  1. Witch Hazel
  2. Distilled Water
  3. spray bottles (2 ounces work great for backpacks and hiking)
  4. Funnel
  5. Labels
  6. 100% pure essential oils

The 3 main pesky bugs & the essential oils that repel them

  1. Mosquitoes: peppermint, tea tree, citronella, eucalyptus
  2. Ticks: lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood
  3. Flies: Rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus

You may want to create your own essential oil bug spray based on the area you will be camping or hiking.

Usually, you're when I’m creating a roller bottle, I like to use about 8-10 drops of essential oils for the 10ML roller bottle.

Depending on the size of the spray bottle you choose to purchase for your essential oil bug spray you will be adding about 40-60 drops of essential oils. If by chance one of those blood-sucking mosquitos gets you, try our bug bite soothing roll on.

Here is my recipe for our essential oils bug spray that worked well for us last summer.

I made 2 oz spray bottles for hiking. Here are the bottles I made:

To make this bug spray I will use a glass cup and pour my witch hazel in first.

Essential oils and water don't mix on their own so I'm using the witch hazel and a medium to blend the two.

Add you're essential oils to the witch hazel and mix together.

After you have done this, depending if you are making a big 8 oz bottle of essential oil bug spray or 2 oz bottles I would measure out the witch hazel and essential oils into their spray bottles, followed by topping up the spray bottles with the distilled water and putting a label on it.

Shake the essential oil bug spray up each time before use and re-apply as needed.

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