Cedarwood oil is reported to repel ticks, which are a major problem for us here in Northern Virginia.
I’m increasing the amount of oil this year, too. Keep in mind that this is a rather loose formula–feel free to experiment with the rate of dilution. Some folks apply these essential oils without any dilution at all, while others dilute even more than I do. Do what works best for you!
My favorite container for homemade bug spray is a 4 oz recycled fractionated coconut oil bottle.
- 4 oz spray bottle (glassor plastic see notes)
- 25-30 drops Purify Cleansing Blend
- 25-30 drops TerraShield Repellent Blend
- 20-25 drops Peppermint
- 25 drops Cedarwood
- Combine essential oils in a 4 oz. dark glass spray bottle.
- Add water to fill.
- Insert spray top.
- Shake well before each use.
- Optional: add custom label.
Here’s a little video I made about my DIY Bug Spray…
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page