How to Make Your Own Bug Spray and Bug Bite Sticks

Summer time brings on the bug bites like crazy. You can make your own anti itch sticks that work wonderfully to take the itch out fast. I love making my own products because I know what’s going on my skin and my kid’s skin.

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bug bite sticks, homemade, little sprouts learningI am leery of all the harsh chemicals we have available for our use on our bodies. Most of this stuff can be grown in the garden or bought locally, or you can order it in bulk from amazon. Either way, using pure ingredients will help protect your health.

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infused oil, bug bite sticks, little sprouts learningDEET is the main ingredient in most insect repellents but it’s not good for our health and can be particularly dangerous for use on children. If you want to learn more about the dangers of DEET and other ingredients in conventional bug spray, click here.

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I love being able to make my own remedies and help protect my kids and my family from miserable itching throughout the summer. 

Natural Bug Spray
Bug Spray made with all natural ingredients to repel bothersome insects.
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  1. ¼ C. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. ¼ C. Distilled Water
  3. 1 Teaspoon Homemade Vanilla (Click here for the recipe)
  4. 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use DoTerra brand oils and have much less reactions with my allergies)
  5. 10 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
  6. 10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  7. 20 Drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
  1. Mix all ingredients and shake well.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  1. You should always test any product on a small patch of skin before use. Use caution when using essential oils on children.
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Natural Bug Bite Sticks
Sticks to rub on bug bites to take out the itch or sting.
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  1. 2 Teaspoons Dried Plantain Leaf
  2. 3 Teaspoons Dried Lavender Flowers
  3. 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Leaf
  4. 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Root
  5. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  6. 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  7. 1 Tablespoon Lanolin
  8. ½ C. Beeswax
  1. Combine oils with dried herbs in a crock pot and turn on the lowest setting
  2. Leave 2-3 days watching carefully so it doesn’t get too hot. You can turn it off at night.
  3. Strain your oil with cheesecloth or a strainer.
  4. Clean out your crock pot.
  5. Return your infused oil to the crock pot.
  6. Add beeswax and lanolin and stir until dissolved and combine.
  7. Pour mixture into empty chap stick tubes or small tins.
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Please be cautious when using essential oils or any products on children. 

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How to Make your Own Bug bite sticks and bug spray


  1. We live deep in the woods, and insects are a serious problem. While I do use some Muskoil, I spray it on hats and clothes, never on skin. However! Last week, I accidentally got some on the back of my hand, and by the time I got in the house, my skin was red and inflamed and SO sore. This is a fabulous alternative, and I think I already have most of the ingredients!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at #SustainableSundays and I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week. This is Marie’s PICK for featured posts, so come back to Just Plain Living and check it out.

    • Ah, thanks so much Marie! 🙂 I hope it helps you fight the bad bugs. They can be soooo annoying and even dangerous. 🙁 Our mosquito season is in full swing now and I have to remember to spray every time! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is great! We’re going camping this weekend, so this is perfect timing!

  3. Kayla says:

    This is such a great way to know exactly what you’re putting on! Thanks for sharing with #SustainableSundays

  4. This is great! I have been bitten so many times already, and it is barely June! I need some of this!
    Visiting from #SustainableSundays party.

  5. CookieD-oh says:

    I’m going to try the bug bite sticks. My poor girl gets eaten alive in the summer. Must be because she’s so sweet. 🙂 #sustainablesundays

  6. Mosquitoes are the bane of my summers! Great recipe idea.

    The Pink Paperdoll

  7. Leigh says:

    This popped up in my Twitter feed and I had to check it out. I’d love it if you’d share this post at the Healthy Living Link Party. I think others there would enjoy it. Thanks!
    Blessings, Leigh

  8. Agatha says:

    Definitely giving this natural mosquito repellant go because we live in a dengue region! All the better that it’s homemade too.

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