DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray – It Smells Good AND Works

Being able to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about bugs and insects is something we all deserve. One bite can spoil a great day, and make it downright uncomfortable. Preventing bites or stings in the first place is the best defense so you need a bug spray that works.

The problem is many bug sprays are full of chemicals that not only kill the bugs, but are toxic too. When applied, the toxins are absorbed through the skin so even small amounts are not ideal.

An essential oil bug spray is the perfect non-toxic option. With the right oils, it will work to keep the bugs off while being much safer.

My favorite bug spray recipe combines three essential oils – lemongrass, lavender and eucalyptus. Not only is it non-toxic, it smells good too.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray

This bug spray recipe uses lemongrass, a natural reliever and circulatory stimulant. The oil also has a distinctive clarifying aroma that heightens consciousness.

Lemongrass is a superb bug repellent that keeps most bugs at bay. This includes mosquitos, ticks and fleas.

Added to the mix are lavender and eucalyptus oils, which makes it even more powerful. Using the spray before venturing outdoors will ensure a happier, less irritating experience.

Here’s what you need.


1/3 cup witch hazel (buy here)
1/2 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil (buy here)
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil (buy here)
1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil  (buy here)


Add all the ingredients into a 4 ounce glass spray bottle (like these). Put the lid on and shake well. Use as needed before going outside. Spray all areas of exposed skin. Shake well before each use.

To make a larger bottle, simply multiply the amounts as needed.

You can also make a rub on lotion by adding the essential oils to a carrier oil. Jojoba or fractionated coconut oil would be suitable.

Other Insect Repelling Essential Oils

The above combination has always worked very well for keeping insects off. Another thing I like about the blend is the smell ❤️

I have tried other combinations of oils, but always come back to this one. But that is a personal choice and you may prefer different oils. Here’s some other essential oils to try as insect repellents:

  • Citronella
  • Peppermint
  • Cedarwood
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Make up a batch (or two) of essential oil bug spray and keep a bottle handy for whenever you go outdoors. Keep those insects away and enjoy your day!

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2 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray – It Smells Good AND Works”

    • Hi Sharon, I prefer glass but you could use plastic bottles. If you do, it would be best to make sure they are dark or opaque to minimize light. Kristy


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