All Natural Bug Spray Recipe

Bug Bite Season is here, and we can help it be less of a nuisance for you (the natural way)!

If you couldn't make it out to our Bug Off Bar yesterday, you missed a great time! We had 4 different Bug Spray blends made with therapeutic grade essential oils for customers to choose from and make for themselves. These blends are extremely simple and are made with all natural ingredients. However, we understand that distance and time gets in the way, so we are going to share our little formulas with you!

We made these sprays in 2oz Amber Glass Spray bottles, so the recipes below are written assuming that is what you will be using as well! Please make sure to use a glass bottle when working with therapeutic grade essential oils, as oils may break down plastic.

*All oils listed are from Young Living's Essential Oil Line.

Most Effective

Blend 1

  • 1/8 TSP of Salt

  • Essential Oil Blend
    • 10 drops of Citronella
    • 5 drops of Purification
    • 5 drops of Peppermint
    • 2 drops of Lemongrass
  • 1/4 oz Witch Hazel
  • Remaining Water

This blend was the most popular from our event! We highly suggest using either this blend or the following blend if you are wanting an effective spray. The ingredients used are going to be the best at keeping those nasty bugs out of your face!

Blend 4

  • 1/8 TSP of Salt
  • Essential Oil Blend
    • 10 drops of Purification
    • 5 drops of Peppermint
    • 5 drops of Lavender
    • 5 drops of Thieves
    • 1/4 oz Witch Hazel
    • Remaining Water

    This is another great effective blend of oils!


    Scent-Sensitive Blends

    These blends would be great for people who are not huge fans of the Citronella or Purification oils, as those are the main ingredients in the previous blends. These will need to be applied more often, but are great alternatives for those not used to essential oils.

    Blend 2

    • 1/8 TSP of Salt

    • Essential Oil Blend
      • 10 drops of Lemongrass
      • 5 drops of Lemon
      • 5 drops of Eucalyptus
      • 2 drops of Tea Tree
    • 1/4 oz Witch Hazel
    • Remaining Water

    Blend 3

    • 1/8 TSP of Salt

    • Essential Oil Blend
      • 10 drops of Lavender
      • 5 drops of Peppermint
    • 1/4 oz Witch Hazel
    • Remaining Water



    1. Pour salt into spray bottle and shake to evenly disperse salt along bottom.
    2. Add essential oil blend
    3. Add Witch Hazel about 1/4 of the way up the bottle.
    4. Screw cap back onto bottle and shake up the salt, essential oil, and witch hazel mixture to ensure everything is nicely blended.
    5. Fill rest of the bottle up with distilled water.

    There you have it, folks! Your own, all natural bug spray. Something to be aware of is that since these are pure essential oils, you will want to reapply the spray more often than commercial bug spray due to the oils acting differently on your skin than normal bug spray. 


    Have any questions or thoughts? Leave them below! Thanks for reading!

    1 comment

    These look great! Can’t wait to make one!

    Alyssa June 01, 2018

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