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Bug Spray From Dried or Fresh Herbs


Distilled water
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.