I love the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, backpacking, laying around in the hammock by the lake…you get the idea. 🙂
However, my love of the outdoors often seems like a one-sided love affair. As much as I love being outside, at this time of year, I can walk out in the yard to let my dog out and come back in with ten mosquito bites. 😦 Not cool.
So, my husband and I went on our first backpacking trip this spring. I wanted to enjoy the trip AND come home without looking like I had a bad case of the chicken pox. However, I also wanted to avoid those chemical-laden sprays I had relied on in the past. I started researching DIY solutions, and found several that looked good.
This recipe will make a 2 ounce bottle of spray. You need:
- 15 drops of Purification essential oil blend
- 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Want to more about what essential oils I use? Click here to learn more!
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (Vanillin makes the spray last longer!)
- a little less than an ounce of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
- a little less than an ounce of fractionated coconut oil (Also increases the protection time of the essential oil blend.)
- Never heard of fractionated coconut oil? It’s a great carrier oil to use with essential oils. Here’s a link to the one I use. Coconut (Fractionated) 16 oz Carrier Oil. A Base Oil for Aromatherapy, Essential Oil or Massage use.
- 2 oz dark glass bottle and spray top
- small metal funnel for pouring