• How to Make Herbal Insect Repellent

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    Bugs come out in full force in the summer. Avoid insects, pests, and the toxic chemicals in store bought repellent by making your own natural insect repellent! Listed below are the recipes that describe how to make herbal insect repellent in two different ways.

    How to Make Herbal Insect Repellent RecipeHow to Make Herbal Insect Repellent Images

    Option 1: Herbal Insect Repellent Soap

    Ingredients

    • Castile soap
    • Essential oil of your choice, such as: lemon balm, pennyroyal, lavender, or rose geranium

    Directions

    Annie B. Bond from dailygreen.com provides the directions for making your own repellent soap:

    1. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils per ounce of liquid Castile soap
    2. Use before and after being outdoors

    Option 2: Herbal Insect Repellent Spray

    According to Krissy Schwab in the article Natural Homemade Insect Repellents that Work try the method below to make your own herbal repellent spray:

    1. Choose an Essential Oil

    • Eucalyptus
    Lavender
    • Lemon Balm
    • Citronella
    • Rose geranium
    • Cinnamon oil
    Peppermint
    • Basil
    • Clove
    • Thyme

    2. Choose a carrier liquid

    • Witch hazel
    • Sunflower oil
    • Apple cider
    • Liquid soap
    • Vegetable oil
    • Mineral oil
    • Lemon juice
    • Tea tree oil
    • Vodka
    • Rubbing alcohol

    3. For a more powerful repellent, add herbs to your mixture

    • Catnip
    • Mint
    • Thyme
    • Basil
    • Rosemary
    • Sage
    • Lavender
    • Citronella
    • Lemon grass

     4. Directions

    1. Mix one part essential oil with 15 parts carrier liquid
    2. Put solution into saucepan and heat on stove
    3. Cut up herbs and leave them in the mixture for as long as you like (longer is better)
    4. Strain the mixture
    5. Put in spray bottle

    How to Make Herbal Insect Repellent Infographic

    Sources:

    http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/natural-insect-repellents-460608#slide-1

    Natural Homemade Insect Repellents That Work

    Photo courtesy of podpad, freedigitalphotos.net

     

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