DIY Natural Bug Spray
When it comes to food or body care we tend to lean toward natural. We search for safety and effectiveness at all costs. Recently, there is increased concern regarding insect bites and the diseases they transmit. Because of this, many consumers want to take precautions and use bug repellents but do not want the toxic chemicals associated with their defense.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has surveyed many bug repellents for their ingredients and toxicity levels. Natural repellents that contain Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus ranked highly on the list. Other botanicals like Cedar Oil, Citronella Oil, Rosemary Oil, Castor Oil, Soybean Oil, and Peppermint Oil, are just a few more that can be added.
Even with natural oils you may always want to check for potential allergic reactions since botanical oils are in much higher concentrations in bug repellents than they are in day-to-day personal care products. If this is the case, besides botanicals take into consideration covering up with clothing in heavy wooded or brush areas, taking extra precaution in high-risk parts of the world where diseased bugs are prevalent, and most important, especially with children, you always want to check with your healthcare practitioner regarding toxicity of ingredients, potential allergens, and the prolonged use of bug repellents.
Follow the recipe below for a Do It Yourself (DIY) Bug Spray.
DIY Bug Spray
Makes 4 ounces
1 spray bottle that holds 4 ounces of liquid
¼ cup unscented witch hazel
40 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil 15 drops citronella essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil 5 drops cedar wood essential oil 1 tablespoon soybean oil
Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Add enough water to fill bottle to top. Shake well before each use.
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About the author
Jeanne M. Maglione, MS, RDN- Director of Nutrition and Wellness at Mrs. Greens Neighborhood Market is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 20+ years’ experience in foods, supplements and body care. She is a dynamic educator and has been instrumental in developing a wide range of nutrition programs for a variety of audiences. She holds a Master’s Degree in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics from New York University and was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. Jeanne strongly believes in basic principles of body, mind and spirit, and has been on the forefront of integrating natural products into traditional medical practices. Her Italian-American heritage is paramount for her passion for food and has peaked her interest in the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and longevity.