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 Monica! The bottles can be glass, metal or PET plastic. Regular plastic will get eaten away by essential oils.

    On March 13, 2017

  • Monica says...

    Since you got your spray bottles from target do they need to be glass?

    On March 10, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Lydieth! Doubling this recipe would equal to 120 drops.

    On March 02, 2017

  • Lydieth says...

    How many drops would I need for a 4oz spray bottle?

    On February 28, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Julie! We’d recommend using Lavender Bulgarian for this recipe.

    On February 11, 2017

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