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DIY All-Natural Bugs Spray and Remedies to Treat Bug Bites

By Fredrica Syren:

As daylight and temperatures increase, we tend to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately we’re not alone …. Bugs!!! Like it or not, they are part of summer and one part of nature that can be quite bothersome. Luckily, there are sprays and other products you can use to keep the bugs at arm’s length; however, many of these products contain harmful chemicals that Inever would subject my family or our planet to. Although some manufactured sprays have been declared safein sensible doses, I would never want to take the risk.

While it may require more effort than grabbing the first can of spray at the grocery store, there are many chemical free and natural methods to get rid of bugs.

Below, you can find proven defensive and offensive solutions for your pest problems.

Essential oils proven to repel bugs:

  • Citronella oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Tee tree oil

Kids’ bug spray:

2 oz. witch hazel 

2 oz. distilled water 

1 oz. soy bean oil (or use jojoba, almond or coconut oil)

20-25 drops essential lavender oil

Mix everything for the bug spray in a spray bottle and shake well to combine.  Always shake before using.

Adult Bugs Spray (for kids age 10+)

2 oz. witch hazel 

2 oz. distilled water 

1 oz. soy bean oil (or use jojoba, almond or coconut oil)

40-50 drops of citronella or lemon oil + 5 drops of Tee tree oil

Mix everything for the bug spray in a spray bottle and shake well to combine.  Always shake before using.

While you’re at it, why not also make a mason jar bug-away candle that is sure to keep bugs away. Check out this one at One essential community.

How to treat bug bites naturally—Bug spray is a good way of avoiding bug bites, but if you still get bitten, here are natural ways of getting some relief:

Aloe Vera—The gel and juice contain lots of anti-inflammatory properties that can help heal and calm a bug bite.

Baking soda—Make a paste with equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water with baking soda, and apply to bite for a few minutes.

Honey—Contains lots of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so rub some honey onto effected area.

Witch Hazel—Witch Hazel is known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria, so it’s great to use undiluted hazel to wipe bug bites. Repeat until it’s better.

Raw Onion—Onions contain a natural antifungal property that can help reduce your risk for infection. Apply raw onion directly to effected area for a few minutes.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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