A few years ago, I decided to spend a summer in Thailand and I was looking for a good bug spray because Thailand is known for notorious diseases spread by mosquitoes. Don’t let that scare you! It is a beautiful country that I would highly recommend you visit, just remember to carry bug spray with you. After looking at several bug spray ingredients at my local supermarket, I just couldn’t bring myself to spray any of them on my then 2 year old daughter. Most of them contained deet- which is toxic, even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should go wash your hands immediately once you return indoor and to also avoid breathing it! Where do I even start with this? First of all, your skin is your largest organ, be careful what you put on it because it will most likely end up in your blood stream.
Anyway, back to the recipe. After a lot of research and try and error, I came up with the best recipe. My entire family used it during our 3 month stay in Thailand. My daughter did not get bit even one time. HOORAY!
Anyway, here you go and enjoy a bug free summer
Combine the following in a 16oz spray bottle
- 10 drops of lavender oil
- 8 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil
- 3 drops Neem oil
- 10 drop of tea tree oil
- 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract
- 1 part witchhazel
- 1 part distilled water
When you are outside, I recommend you apply every 2 to 3 hours
If you are a hurry I would definitely recommend the following naturally made bug sprays