Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Budget Bug Repellent Spray
This past week, I was shopping at my local organic and health food store and noticed an elaborate display for bug repellent sprays and creams. I am sure they all smelled wonderful, but the prices weren't too exciting. Most of them were around $10 for just 2 to 3 ounces of liquid. I went home to figure out how much I am saving by making my own bug repellent spray. I came up with the recipe below and, after doing the math (how much each 15ml essential oil bottle costs wholesale, how much per drop of the roughly 300 drops in each bottle), I calculated that my 1 ounce bug repellent spray came out to $2.40! Even if I doubled it, it would still be super cheap: $4.80! This is a great way to keep on budget, but still have a high quality product.
Purification is a blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, Lavandin, and Melaleuca. It is widely know that Citronella is an insect deterrent and a good sanitizer and deodorizer of surfaces. It can even be combined with Cedarwood to enhance its effect. The other oils in this blend are very purifying and cleansing to the skin which makes them safe and gentle to use. Peppermint and Clove are also known as oils for deterring bugs and the Peppermint gives a great cooling sensation to your skin.
Budget Bug Repellent Spray
1 oz. spray bottle
1/4 tsp Epsom Salts
20 Drops Purification
10 Drops Clove
10 Drops Peppermint
First, place the Epsom salts in the bottle and drop the essential oils over it so that it soaks in the oils. Then, fill the bottle with distilled/purified water and you are good to go! When I spray this over my arms, legs, and neck, I usually use my hands to really rub it all around so that I don't miss any spots.
I use this spray whenever I visit my in-laws who live out in the country. During summer evenings, their porch is filled with very large mosquitoes hovering about! I was able to sit outside to enjoy the night air and, although the bugs were flying around, not one of them landed on me. Success!
The great thing about this recipe is that two of the oils (Purification and Peppermint) are included in the starter-kit when you become a Young Living wholesale customer - and a 15ml bottle of Clove is only $15.25 with wholesale pricing!
I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils because of their high purity. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated and are not put through a Seed to Seal process that Young Living lives by. I highly recommend these essential oils for their outstanding purity and also because, simply put, they really work. I began my journey over two years ago with Young Living EOs and have never looked back. They are remarkable!
To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils for you and your family, I recommend purchasing the Premium Starter Kit! You can begin enjoying wholesale prices AND a large selection of essential oils at the same time. This is a great way to begin incorporating the most versatile essential oils into your daily life. I also personally gift you with an essential oil when you become a wholesale customer under me. It's my way of saying "thank you!" and supporting you in building your own natural medicine cabinet.
By the way, I am not a doctor. I just a woman who uses essential oils in her daily life with family and friends. The information provided on Ancient Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.