Now that you know how to make essential oils, there are many other things you can make that require these oils. One of those things is insect repellent. It is summer time now. Time for mosquitoes, time for yellow jackets, time for ticks. Basically, it's time for bugs! Who wouldn't want to know how to keep them away without the use of deet?
There are quite a few plants that help to keep the bugs away. Some of those are lemon balm (citronella), eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint. To make a bug repellent mixture, you'll want to choose which plants you wish to have, make an essential oil out of them, and then mix them together with olive oil. Generally it is about 25 drops of the essential oil combined with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and you have yourself a bug repellent mixture.
Some of the best mixtures are rose geranium with bay and eucalyptus for the repellent focusing mostly on keeping ticks away. For the distancing of mosquitoes, make sure you have your lemon balm as well as thyme and lavender.
Of course, for a bug repellent that is sure to keep all the bugs away, combine a bunch of these different plants together to make a bug repellent that is unique. Remember, it is not an exact science and as always, essential oil mixtures are for topical use only!
– Miranda Vivian