make your own natural insect repellant

We’re heading to the tropics on the weekend and I’m taking all manner of medicinal treatments. Some may consider the size of my medicine kit to be a little on the hypochondriac size but in my opinion, it’s the most important part of a family suitcase.

After a mammoth trip to the chemist today I’m all stocked-up on the bandaid, bandage, pain relief, antiseptic, and hydration front. The conventional treatments are packed and I’m currently sorting out the natural ones – eucalyptus balm, immune-boosting blend, sinus support and a natural insect repellant.

Let it be known that I’d prefer deet over dengue fever any day. But a little experimentation on the insect repellant front was worth the effort, especially considering I had all the ingredients on hand. And if it doesn’t protect against those island mosquitoes I’m packing the tropical strength concoction just in case.

I’ve become quite fond of essential oils over the past few months, so much so that I use them everyday. I reach for them when bumps threaten bruises and noses start sniffing, and when I’m feeling anxious or run down or tired. I use them to clean, to ease muscle tension and to purify the air. I already know that lavender and peppermint do a mighty fine job of keeping ants and cockroaches at bay, so it makes sense that they’d be essential ingredients in a mozzie repellant, too.

If you’re keen to make a repellant (to use on the skin, clothing, on pillows and around doorways and windows etc) you’ll need the following:

  • small spray bottle (100ml)
  • natural witch hazel
  • cooled boiled water
  • essential oils – lemongrass, cedarwood, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella, rosemary, sandalwood

Fill half the bottle with water and half with witch hazel and then add about 30 drops of oils.

And now I can board that plane knowing that I’ve got everything on hand. Cue: relax.

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  • Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad

    Handy! Thank you. Have a great trip!

  • Ellie

    I’d love to hear how the insect spray goes! We stay mostly in a place (north of Ubud) that definitely does have dengue in the local villages so I’m all about the Tropical Strength Rid which I think has the least offensive smell. Fortunately I only find we need it in the morning and sunset times – but please update us on how yours go!

  • Virginia Erholtz

    Add rose geranium to repel ticks@ 🙂

  • Karen Wilson

    Will definitely have to quiz you about these oils on your return jodi.Thanks for all this much needed info.

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