Homemade Herbal Bug Repellent Spray

There are natural ways to repel bugs. Try making your own bug repellent spray from the herbs growing in your garden.

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

Photo By: Photo by Debbie Wolfe

DIY Bug Spray

There are several herbs that are effective bug repellents.  Use the herbs in your garden to make a natural and safe spray to keep those pesky bugs at bay.

Gather Your Ingredients

You will need a spray bottle, witch hazel, bug-repelling essential oils (instructions to follow) and distilled water.

Make Your Own Infused Herbal Oil

You can make your own infused herbal oil for your bug repellent spray. Gather herbs like basil, mint, rosemary and thyme. There are several carrier oils you can use. Some popular ones are olive, grape seed and coconut oil. This method doesn’t make a true essential oil since it’s not distilled, but it works great and it’s cost effective.

Finely Chop the Herbs

Mince the herbs before you put them into a glass jar for infusing.

Add the Herbs to a Jar With a Carrier Oil

Add the chopped herbs to a jar with a carrier oil.

Put the Jar in a Slow Cooker Set on Low

Cover the jar with the herbs and oil with a lid. Place the jar in a slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with water until it's halfway up the jar. Set the temperature to low and let the oils infuse for a few hours. 

Add the Infused Oil to Your Bug Repellent Spray

Once the oil has infused and cooled, add about 30-50 drops of the oil or other essential oils to your spray bottle along with the witch hazel and distilled water. The oils will separate from the water. Give the bottle a good shake before each use.