All Natural Insect Repellent

Photo credit: Kate Sears for Remodelista

To continue our DIY Essential Oils in the Home mini-series with home design site Remodelista, we've added an all natural insect repellent for your summer outdoor activities.

Essential oils like Clove, Citronella and Patchouli are often used as ingredients in bug sprays because their scent is potent for the olfactory senses of many insects. Traditionally, a few drops of Clove oil were placed on bedsheets at night to keep bugs away and studies have shown Clove to be the most repellant for many types of mosquitoes.

Below you'll find a Spray Repellent blend for use on clothing and gear. If using directly on the skin, test a small area first. The Diffuser blend should be used in a diffuser only.


  • 8 oz glass spray bottle
  • 4 oz distilled water
  • 4 oz Witch Hazel
  • 20 drops Clove essential oil (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • 10 drops Rosemary essential oil (Rosesmary officinalis)
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • ½ tsp Vegetable Glycerin (*optional moisturizing ingredient)

    Combine all ingredients in a small glass spray bottle and shake well before using. Recommended for use on clothing and gear. If using directly on the skin, test a small area first.


    • 3 drops Clove essential oil (Syzygium aromaticum)
    • 3 drops Citronella essential oil (Cymbopogon winterianus)

    The entire series for DIY Essential Oils in the Home can be found on Remodelista.

    Disclaimer: The contents of this article are a sharing of knowledge from s/he to you. This information is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and wellness decisions based upon your own research.

    Essential oils are the most potent form of plant medicine and therefore must be respected and handled with care. Many essential oils must be diluted in water or a carrier oil before use. Some essential oils may have contraindications for use when pregnant or for people with health conditions or skin sensitivities. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using.

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