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Natural Insect Repellent: How To Make Your Own Homemade Repellent Recipe for Your Family

Updated: Aug 24, 2022

the summertime is all about connecting with nature, spending time outdoors with others, or maybe at home with your family and friends or even at home in your garden. Whether on a terrace, or backyard picking your lovely fruits, veggies and herbs. Suddenly, you catch yourself swatting flies that just won't leave you alone, lmbo. You'll be happy to know how simple it is to create an easy and simple recipe that will keep your summer vibes high.

Here is a DIY Mosquito Repellent Recipe that is toxic free, amazing and works.

If your a holistic natural wellness lifestyle mama like me you can probably find all of these supplies and ingredients right at home and if not that's okay you can go to your local healthstore. I will always recommend you go to a local healthstore of course before purchasing anything online. If you still need to purchase online, I am so happy to have partnered with an amazing company I have known for several years called Mountain Rose Herbs to offer you an online choice as well. Mountain Rose Herbs is committed to carrying a selection of certified organic, fair trade, ethically wild-harvested, and Kosher certified products.

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DIY Insect Repellent Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins


  • 8 oz amber glass spray bottle (Blocks uv light that breaks the effectiveness of the essential oils)

  • 4 oz organic witch hazel extract

  • 4 oz organic almond oil

  • 20 drops organic cedarwood essential oil

  • 20 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil

  • 20 drops organic lavender essential oil

  • 20 drops organic rosemary essential oil

  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil

  • 10 drops organic lemon essential oil

Alternate Water-based Recipe


  • 3 oz Distilled water

  • 15 drops Citronella essential oil

  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil

  • 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil


  1. Add carrier oil or water, (if you are using the water-based recipe), in your bottle or jar. and add in your drops of essential oils.

  2. Shake your container well and rub in a small amount of oil on the skin.

Caution: Avoid eyes and mouth when applying repellent. In case of a reaction, wash skin immediately with soap and water.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Lavender Essential Oil

Repels: Mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies, lice, spiders, ants, bed bugs, ticks and moths

For bug bites: Natural analgesic to relieve pain, reduces swelling, redness and irritation especially with bee stings or spider and ant bites, promotes healing, best for babies and toddlers

Lavender oil is a multipurpose oil that you can keep in your first aid kit, it is safe for children as well as an insect repellent for bug bites - for your baby or toddler. Widely known as one of the gentlest oils, it can be applied directly to all insect bites, unlike most essential oils. Lavender can help reduce the redness, itching, and irritation, and may speed up healing and recovery. While it can soothe pretty much any itchy bug bite such as mosquitoes and more, it can be especially helpful for spider bites, fire ant bites, and bee stings. Lavender oil contains up to 25% linalool, a powerful active that has a similar effect on mosquitos as DEET.

Rosemary Essential oil

Repels: flies, fleas and mosquitoes.

Rosemary is also great for deterring insect larvae as well.

Eucalyptus Essential oil

Repels: roaches, ants, flies, spiders, lice, and more.

Eucalyptus has a powerful scent that impedes many insects' sense of smell which makes it very difficult for them to locate their target and drives them away from the area. This is particularly beneficial when it comes to mosquitoes as eucalyptus has similar effects as citronella which also deters mosquitoes.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Repels: Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and many other biting insects.

Lemongrass essential oil contains organic compounds called aldehydes which are a natural bug deterrent.

Citronella Essential Oil

Repels: keep away fleas and mosquitoes

The oil contains compounds like camphor, eucalyptol, and citronellal, which work together to repel those pesky insects.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Repels: Studies show that it can kill common house flies as well as some beetles

Lacking lungs, bugs breathe through a series of tube-like openings in their exoskeletons called tracheae. Because it’s naturally poisonous to them, when bugs are exposed to cedarwood oil they close these openings for protection, effectively suffocating themselves.

All organisms require a very specific chemical balance to stay alive. Unfortunately for bugs, cedarwood oil substantially alters their unique chemistry, unbalancing their bodies’ pH levels, ultimately causing death.

Insects and other bugs also depend on chemicals called pheromones to breed, navigate, and find resources. Cedarwood oil hinders bugs’ ability to use and detect pheromones, disorienting them and disrupting their bodily functions, which often both repels and kills them.

Like many small living things, insects, arachnids and other bugs are very vulnerable to dehydration. Even a slight dip in their moisture levels can be lethal. Cedarwood oil is remarkably effective at robbing bugs of their moisture, which kills them almost immediately.

When bugs are in an early stage of their life cycle (eggs, pupae, larvae) they are extremely delicate, and direct contact with cedarwood oil is enough to dissolve them. Cedarwood oil is not usually sufficient to dissolve larger adult bugs, however, it can dissolve their exoskeleton. And once their shell is penetrated, the cedarwood oil will impact their body chemistry, breathing, and moisture content to an extent that a quick death soon follows.

Emulsification, or the breaking down of unmixable fluids until they actually begin to mix, is another common way that cedarwood oil helps you get rid of bugs. Cedarwood oil breaks down bugs’ fat particles until they mix with the rest of their internal fluids, killing them instantly.


Additional Remedies You can Find at Home:

  • Apply handful of lavender flowers or tea tree essential oil directly to the insect bite.

  • Directly apply apple cider vinegar to the bite.

  • Rub the affected area with a lemon slice.

  • Place a chilled brewed chamomile tea bag to the bite to soothe to reduce inflammation.

  • Place and hold an ice cube on the bite.

  • Create a paste of baking soda and spring water and apply directly to the area.

  • A slice of onion is a commonly known household remedy to immediately remove pain when applied to insect bites.

Let me know in the comments what recipe you created and how your staying bite free with your family! Peace Divinez


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