Bug Spray From Dried or Fresh Herbs
Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc.
Bring one cup of water to boil, then add 3-4 TBSP of preferred dried herbs. You can throw in a few cloves to enhance aroma.
Mix well, cover and let cool (covering is important to keep the volatile oils in!)
Strain out herbs and mix water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Store in a spray bottle in a cool place (fridge is great because then its nice and cool).
Use as needed. Added bonus: it smells great and is very refreshing to the skin.
I recommend using at least one herb from the mint family.
If you have the time and want to make a stronger version of this recipe, prepare the herbs in an alcohol mixture as a TINCTURE instead and use this directly as a spray after straining out the herbs.