Homemade Mosquito Repellent
Here’s what you’ll need: essential oils (citronella and lemongrass are musts, I also like lavender or you could use tea tree oil or geranium oil for tick protection), 14 oz. bottle of witch hazel (available in grocery stores & pharmacies usually close to the rubbing alcohol), a spray bottle (or two–one for home and one for the diaper bag/car), a jar for mixing, and a funnel.
We used these essential oils: citronella, lemongrass and lavender. You could also use peppermint or cedar wood essential oils as well.
I cleaned out an empty detangler spray bottle for our “on the go” spray.
1. Pour the witch hazel into the glass jar then add your essential oils. We put about 15 drops of both citronella and lemongrass, and about 10-12 drops of lavender.
2. Put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until it is mixed.
It should be pretty cloudy.
3. Pour into your spray bottles using a funnel.
Make a label (or write in Sharpie). I used an old Scrapbook sticker to make it look “cuter”. :)
You can spray this on the exposed parts of your body: arms, legs, neck, ankles, feet, etc and then rub it in. Make sure you don’t spray it on your face or get it in your eyes. If you put this on your kids, be sure to try just a little bit first on one area of their skin to make sure they’re not allergic to any of the essential oils.
Or you can use it to spray the area around where your sitting outside.
Original Text and Photo Source: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/06/make-it-natural-mosquito-spray/