May 26, 2016 by bridgitgillis
Warmer weather is here, and in Alaska that means… mosquitoes! In Alaska, mosquitoes don’t just come out at night like they do in the lower 48 states… They hang out ALL. DAY. LONG. This makes camping a pain, as in some areas the mosquitoes are thick. This past weekend, I just tested out my new insect repellent spray, and it worked! I noticed that after about 2 hours reapplication was needed.
I even sprayed some on the back of my dog, since the mosquitoes were eating him up too. (Never spray near their eyes!) After spraying on his back, I watched the mosquitoes hover around him but they didn’t land on him. Pretty cool!
Although in Alaska our biggest concern is mosquitoes, this would also work well as a tick repellent.
When choosing essential oils, it is important to make sure they are a high quality therapeutic grade oil with no fillers or synthetic substitutes. If you’re looking for a great quality oil for a reasonable price, check out my go-to, Spark Naturals. They also have a great selection of glass spray bottles.
The best part about this homemade recipe is that it is SAFE for the whole family!
4-oz. dark glass spray bottle
20 drops Citronella essential oil
10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
Add the essential oils to your spray bottle, then fill with room temperature water.
Shake well before each use.
Store in a dark place at a comfortable temperature. (Between 50-80 degrees)
Feel free to alter your recipe if the strength isn’t quite what you need, but this is a good starting point.
During a 3-day camping trip with three of us, we used almost an entire 4-oz. bottle. Now that I know that this recipe is a keeper, I will probably purchase the 10-oz. glass spray bottle and adjust the recipe accordingly.