DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Spray

July 16, 2015

On these beautiful summer days don't let the bugs chase you indoors! Try this mild but effective essential oil bug repellent recipe and watch the insects flee.

Edens Garden's Citronella and Lavender Bug Repellent Spray (for a 3 oz. bottle):

  • 2 oz. Distilled Water.
    Optional: Use half water and half witch hazel, which you can buy at most drug stores, if you want to keep the mixture from separating once it's shaken. If you use all water, the mix will separate after sitting, so just shake well before use.

  • 30 Drops of Edens Garden Lavender Essential Oil

  • 30 drops of Edens Garden Citronella Essential Oil

  • 3 oz. Travel-sized Spray Bottle (We got ours at Target)

This blend should effectively ward off mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, ticks and flies. Besides that, the blend has therapeutic and antiseptic properties. Lavender essential oils are used by aromatherapists to treat burns and skin irritations as well as to promote calming and ease. The strong aroma of Lavender has a powerful soothing effect on the body and is often used to treat anxiety, stress and insomnia. Because of its antiseptic and analgesic properties, Lavender can prevent infection and promote rapid healing. Lavender is nontoxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Edens Garden's Citronella offers just as much to the mix, not to mention a balanced lemon aroma. Citronella essential oil is used to treat colds, fatigue, headaches and excessive perspiration. It has antiseptic, deodorant, insecticide, and anti-parasitic properties. The essential oil is nontoxic and non-irritant but may cause skin irritations in some individuals. If you are unsure, don't spray directly on skin, but on socks, hats and clothing. Avoid use of citronella during pregnancy.


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Melanie! You can substitute Lemon Eucalyptus for Citronella, and add any amount of Tea Tree to your liking.

    On August 02, 2016

  • Melanie says...

    Hi! I would like to know whether I could use lemon eucalyptus instead of citronella and also add tea tree oil. If so, how many drops do you suggest using for each essential oil? And is it okay if I use it on my face as well?

    On August 01, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Esther! Many of our customers have found success with using Align to combat allergy symptoms:

    On July 11, 2016

  • Esther says...

    Hi what’s a good blend to use for allergies.

    On July 10, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Jules! You can substitute Citronella for Cedarwood Himalayan or Atlas. Lemon and the oils in Simply Citrus aren’t known to repel insects.

    On June 29, 2016

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