It’s very simple to create your own bug spray using whichever combination of essential oils appeals to you. But please do keep in mind that the essential oils you would use at home are not the same refined PMD listed by the CDC on their website. The pure essential oils have not yet undergone the same testing.

*** PMD stands for para-menthane-diol, the form of the oil which is now mentioned on the CDC website as being used in DEET-free bug repellents.

For the best results, use several different essential oils. This will give you the broadest coverage against a variety of different species of pests.

To make your own bug spray, you’ll need a 10-ounce spray bottle, and some simple ingredients.


  • 5 ounces distilled water
  • 4 ounces witch hazel
  • Essential oils, choose three or four such as: citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, peppermints, or tee tree oil. Speak to a pediatrician before using on children and don’t use tee tree oil if the spray will be used on very young children.


Add the distilled water and witch hazel to the 10-ounce spray bottle.

Then add a total of 30-40 drops of essential oil.

Shake well before using.

The recipe for this natural bug repellent was taken from an article that can be found by clicking here.

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