Homemade Insect Repellent

The insects are intense in Florida during the summer .  I ran across this insect repellent idea on http://mothering.com/health/the-natural-first-aid-kit under the tea tree oil heading.  I feel much better about putting these non-toxic ingredients on my kiddos.  I love DIY formulas that are quick and easy!
Fill a spray bottle with:
1. 3 ounces water
2. 1 ounce witch hazel or aloe vera juice
3. 24 drops tea tree oil.
*Tea tree oil can also be applied to insect bites to stop the itching. (make sure you use a buffer oil to mix with the tea tree like jojoba oil for sensitive skin)
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We have used this formula successfully… and insects really do hate the smell of tea tree oil.  You need to reapply homemade bug repellents more often that the store bought.  My suggestion is to reapply every 2 hours.  But everyone may be a little different.  HTH!
~Green Boot Girl

2 thoughts on “Homemade Insect Repellent

  1. Yes. Tea tree oil really helps to repel them. Citrus oil also works. You just have to reapply it a few times. Each spray will last about 1-2 hours. We also have a local lady that sells an awesome bug repellent bar (she makes them). I will send you a link. I use this bar and it lasts longer. The bugs are bad in Florida- so I can only use things that work!

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