DIY Natural Mosquito Spray

Lavender to the Bug Bite Rescue

August 3, 2020
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Is it hard to enjoy the great outdoors while social distancing, because the mosquitos are eating you up?  Here's a natural mixture you can create at home with lavender and other essential oils that is supposed to repell the bugs away, such as mosquitos and ticks, to keep you from being bit. 

Deet bug sprays also have oils, but are mixed with chemicals too. Which makes this mixture unhealthy for you and Mama Earth. The word is this combination of essential oils should work just as well, if not better than sprays at the store. Here's more on the oils and how they work. Give this mixture a try and see if this spray works for you and your family. It's 1Thing you can do for yourself, family and the environment. A summertime trifecta win! 

DIY Mosquito Spray © Kimberly Button

yield: 1 cup active time: 2 minutes total time: 2 minutes difficulty: Easy


  • 1 cup of witch hazel
  • 15 to 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Small spray bottles (glass is best) 


  • Add the witch hazel to the bottle(s) and then carefully add the essential oils one at a time. You can use a small funnel for this if you would like.
  • Screw all of the caps and lids on tightly and then shake the spray bottle.
  • Some separation is natural so simply shake each time before using.


  • As with any bug spray, avoid spraying in eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Apply outdoors.