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Herbal Insect Repellent

Try these time tested ingredients to naturally repel insects this summer.

Like other health and herbal minded folk, chances are that you are tired of using chemicals and deet to repel insects during the summertime. Making your own insect repellant is easy, and much more natural than the insect repellants commercially available. The ingredients and oils used in the following recipe have been used for years as natural methods of repelling insects. Here’s to a healthy and insect-free summer!


1/2 teaspoon citronella essential oil
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
4 ounces distilled witch hazel

Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray bottle. Shake well. Spray onto exposed skin, avoiding eyes and mucous membranes. Reapply every 2 hours, or as needed.