Homemade Herbal Bug Spray |

Homemade Herbal Bug Spray

admin May 1, 2015


Sometimes, we just need something that repels bugs.  But who wants to douse themselves in unsafe chemicals, that absorb into our skin, just to prevent a bite or two?

Luckily, there’s a perfectly safe way to avoid those bites without the junk.  I promise, it really works, and it’s so safe you could (almost) eat it.  I don’t worry at all about spraying it on my kids.

What is it?  A simple, easy-to-make, herbal bug spray.

Herbal Bug Spray

These ingredients are available at almost any store.  There are three main ones: witch hazel, rosemary, and catnip.  Yes, catnip, like cats go crazy for.  See, bugs don’t like catnip at all.  Catnip is one of the most effective bug repellents out there — and yes, humans could actually eat it.  I’ve used it in various tea and tincture recipes lots of times, because it actually helps people calm down.

Rosemary is also a natural bug repellent.  So is peppermint.

You could use essential oils, but I chose to do an herbal infusion, because it’s milder and safer for young skin.  And you can buy these ingredients very easily.


  • 2 tbsp. rosemary
  • 2 tbsp. catnip
  • 4 oz. witch hazel


Step 1: Combine the herbs and witch hazel in a small glass jar with a lid.  Shake to combine.

Step 2: Let this mixture sit for 2 – 3 days, until the color has deepened.

Step 3: Strain the mixture through a piece of cloth, squeezing to get all the liquid out.  Reserve the liquid, toss the herbs.

Step 4: Pour the infused liquid into a 4-oz. spray bottle.

Spray your homemade herbal bug spray on your skin when you will be in buggy areas, like the woods.  Super simple!  It takes about 2 minutes to put together, and another 5 minutes to strain and pour.  Super quick — anyone can do it.

By the way, planting these herbs in your garden will help naturally repel bugs from your yard.  Try planting them around the patio.  You can use them for cooking, teas, or other medicinal purposes, they are pretty, and they keep your yard bug-free.  And they’re completely kid and pet-safe.  Not bad, huh?

How do you repel bugs naturally?

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  1. Thank you for sharing this!


  2. Can you review the recipe to make sure you wrote it up how you intended? You mention that peppermint is a natural bug repellent, but it is not in the recipe, but there is a bullet in the ingredients with nothing next to it. I’m guessing you meant to put a few drops of peppermint EO there. Just wondering.


  3. Did it work this summer? What is the last ingredient with a bullet point and nothing listed?


  4. […] common sense — if there are a lot of mosquitos, stay indoors or wear long clothing.  Use a natural bug spray.  But honestly, the worst thing you’re facing is a headache and a fever.  The flu is more […]


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