In keeping with this weekend’s theme of Thieves oil I am excited to try out a new recipe for a DIY Bug Spray. The most common ingredient in bug sprays is the pesticide N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which aside from preventing obnoxious bug bites has been recommended to prevent mosquito-born diseases such as malaria and West-Nile virus. But over recent years DEET has faced a great deal of criticism.
According to Popular Science magazine, there is no direct evidence that DEET harms the nervous system and is generally regarded as safe to use on the skin. However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine bug spray poisoning from DEET is not only possible but does include nervous system damage. The most common side effect is skin irritation, including redness, itching, or hives. But those who use DEET in high concentration may experience more severe reactions, such as blistering, burning, or permanent scars. And if ingested DEET can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), or even neurological damage (such as disorientation, clumsiness when walking, seizures, coma, or even death) in the most severe cases. DEET is especially dangerous for small children and can cause seizures if their skin is exposed to the chemical over a prolonged period.
I don’t really use bug spray but my husband is like a magnet to those pesky little mosquitos and living in the South they can be especially annoying during summer BBQ’s! So naturally I wanted to find a non-toxic DIY bug spray recipe that would be safe to use around the little one. When researching Thieves oil and all its properties I learned that it is a great bug repellant so naturally I wanted to find a DIY bug spray recipe that included Thieves oil. I looked at several but kept coming back to the Lemondroppers YL recipe for its simplicity. Only took a few minutes to make and I’m excited to get to try it out while gardening and during summer BBQ’s. I’ll get back with you and let you know if its husband and family approved!
DIY Bug Spray
- 4 oz Distilled Water
- 4 oz Witch Hazel
- 10 drops Thieves oil*
- 10 drops Purification oil*
- 10 drops Peppermint Oil*
* All three essential oils are included in the Everyday Oils collection by Young Living. Ask me how to get yours or order it here!
- Fill an 8 oz glass bottle with 4 oz of distilled water
- Add 4 oz of witch hazel
- Add essential oils
- Shake and spray!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.