Natural Insect-Repellent Spray

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a great, chemical-free way to keep the bugs at bay this summer.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 ounce patchouli oil (5 drops)
  • 2 ounces witch hazel
  • 12 ounce cedarwood essential oil (8-10 drops)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle.
  2. Apply frequently.


Most Helpful

I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful way to use the properties of essential oils to repel bugs (especially mosquitoes) BUT be very careful with the dilution that they are used at. PLEASE do not use the 1/4 oz or 1/2 oz measurements for the essential oils... it is way too high! 1/4 oz is roughly equal to 150 drops!!! The 5 drops and 8-10 drops are a much safer concentration for the 2 oz of witch hazel. I sometimes like to mix the essential oils into a light carrier oil ( sweet almond oil) and blend the essential oils into that and apply... works wonders also! I don't know if the Zaar computer won't let just enter drops as measurements and you had to enter a X amount of oz or not, but I just wanted to caution all who wish to try this recipe... Thanks for posting!

atlfitgirl September 22, 2007

Mmmm - 2 of my favorite scents! LOL the insects don't like 'em! Think I wil be making this for the sheer pleasure of the mixture...Thank you Cynna for the suggestion; I will be contacting Esscentials in Vancouver for the essential oils (I LOVE their Patchouli)!

Buster's friend June 17, 2007

Though I haven't tried this yet, I'm going to pick up these ingredients this weekend and fix me up some natural insect repellent! I'm so afraid to spray that store-bought stuff on my little girl, and I just know we're going to need it on our vacation in Wisconsin this summer. I'm so glad I found this recipe. Thanks a million!

for the love of veggies May 22, 2007

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