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.
I 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.
DEET 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.
I love being able to make my own remedies and help protect my kids and my family from miserable itching throughout the summer.
- ¼ C. Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ C. Distilled Water
- 1 Teaspoon Homemade Vanilla (Click here for the recipe)
- 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use DoTerra brand oils and have much less reactions with my allergies)
- 10 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
- 10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 20 Drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
- Mix all ingredients and shake well.
- Shake well before each use.
- You should always test any product on a small patch of skin before use. Use caution when using essential oils on children.
- 2 Teaspoons Dried Plantain Leaf
- 3 Teaspoons Dried Lavender Flowers
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Leaf
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Root
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Lanolin
- ½ C. Beeswax
- Combine oils with dried herbs in a crock pot and turn on the lowest setting
- Leave 2-3 days watching carefully so it doesn’t get too hot. You can turn it off at night.
- Strain your oil with cheesecloth or a strainer.
- Clean out your crock pot.
- Return your infused oil to the crock pot.
- Add beeswax and lanolin and stir until dissolved and combine.
- Pour mixture into empty chap stick tubes or small tins.
Please be cautious when using essential oils or any products on children.
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