Insect Repellents

Children's All Natural Bug Repellent

In misting spray bottle add 2-4 drops tea tree essential oil and 3-6 drops lavender essential oil. (less drops for very young children, more drops for older children) close and shake in order to blend oils and create a synergetic blend.

Then add 3 oz distilled water and 1 oz witch hazel.

Avoid eyes and mouth when misting. Reapply every other hour in very hot weather.

Herbal Repellent Oil

1 part fresh pennyroyal
1 part fresh thyme
1/2 part fresh basil
1/2 part neem leaf (if available)
tea tree essential oil
citronella essential oil
olive oil

Pick your fresh herbs. Manually remove any dirt then set them in a sunny place until the herbs are wilted.

Using 1/4 cup as your part, measure 1/4 cup of pennyroyal and thyme, and 1/8 cup basil and neem leaf into a crock pot.

Pour in enough olive oil to cover the herbs plus another inch of oil (approximately 1 cup).

Turn the crock pot on low temperature and heat the herbs for about 3 hours.

An alternative way to prepare your oil extraction is to place the herbs in a clear glass jar and set it in the sun for about five days. Shake it once or twice a day.

When you have finished heating your oil, strain your oil through a cheesecloth lined strainer. Squeeze out as much oil as possible.

Measure out how much oil you now have. For each ounce of oil add 10 drops of citronella essential oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil.

Pour into lotion bottle and label.

Lemon Balm insect repellant

When bothered by insects in the garden, just pick a few leaves of lemon balm and rub on the skin. It really works well! (Not to mention the wonderful aroma).

Citronella Lotion

2 ounces distilled water
2 ounces olive oil
120 drops citronella essential oil

A lotion is an emulsification of water and oil.

Preparation:
Put water into a deep mixing bowl.

Begin to drizzle in the oil slowly and beat vigorously with a wire whisk. By the time all the oil is added you should have a nice creamy white lotion.

Stir in the citronella oil.

Pour into a lotion bottle and label.

Moth repellent

In a small sachet or small sock or nylon toe stuff dried tansy, yarrow, cedar shavings or a few drops of essential oil of cedar.

Close off and hang in your closet or put in your drawer to repell moths.

Simple and Efficient Insect Repellent

2 oz. Oil
2 oz. Citrus oil
2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Combine all in a spray bottle and shake. Any oil will do, you can use almond or olive.

Make Citrus Oil for Insect Control

Make citrus oil to keep aphids, white flies, fire ants and mosquitoes away!

Soak the rinds of 2 orange peels in 1 gallon of water (closed) for about 10 days.

Strain out the rinds/peels and store in mason jars until ready to use.

If you will be applying to fire ant mounds, apply full strength. If spraying on plants, dilute 2 ounces of citrus oil with one gallon of water to avoid burning plants.

You'll be an organic gardener in no time.

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