LostnFound-Bug Repellant

Bug Repellant

Shake bottle thoroughly before each use.

This is a reprint from Harrowsmith 2001


Small wire whistk

Measuring cups and spooks

Spray bottles, empty and thoroughly washed


1 cup witch hazel (240ml)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (15 ml)

1 tbsp citronella essential oil (15 ml)

1/2 tsp lavender essential oil (2.5 ml)

1/4 tsp eucalyptus essential oil (1.2 ml)

1/4 tsp tea tree essential oil (1.2 ml)

1/2 tsp peppermint essential oil (1.2 ml)

1/4 tsp lemon grass essential oil (1.2 ml)

3/4 tsp evening primrose oil or olive oil (3.7 ml)


  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Pour into the spray bottles
  3. Contents can settle quickly, so mix again before pouring into each bottle
  4. Label each bottle clearly.


Shake bottle thoroughly before each use.

Apply small quantities frequently to exposed skin.

Spray in your hands to apply to the face.

Reapply after swimming.

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Posted on Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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