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1. Collect your supplies.

  • 6 oz spray bottle
  • 2.6oz (1/3 cup) filtered water
  • 2.6oz (1/3 cup) alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil

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2. Combine the ingredients.

Mix the water and witch hazel in a measuring cup and give it a good swirl to combine. Pour into the spray bottle.

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3. Add the oils.

Add the essential oils and swirl again before screwing on the spray top. This recipe makes enough for one 6-oz spray bottle but can be doubled as needed. The oils will tend to separate, so shake before each use.

Use this insect repellant spray as you would any other, applying right before you head into buggy territory. It’s not recommended to use on little faces, but you can spray a little one’s hat or bandana to help protect their head from insect attacks. This bug juice is also safe to use during pregnancy.

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4. Reapply as needed.

One application of insect repellant isn’t enough to keep the pests away all day, especially if you will be sweating or getting wet. Reapply the insect repellant anytime you notice the bugs coming closer.

5. Prolong the life.

When not in use, store your insect repellant spray in cool, dark place to make it last throughout the insect season.

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