Outdoor Essential Oil DIY Recipes

Outdoor Essential Oil DIY Recipes
With the warm weather and sunshine here we have all been spending a lot more time outdoors. But something else I have noticed is that the bugs have made their return too... You can keep the pests away using natural, toxin free options with essential oils. So skip the harmful DEET and other toxins and make your own or if you are not into the DIY thing Young Living has a great option that is ready to go :)

So why don't I want to use regular bug spray from the store? 
Conventional insect repellents contain a lot of toxic ingredients with the main one being DEET. DEET has been found toxic to the central nervous system and can cause skin irritation. "Although studies indicate mixed results, there is some evidence that DEET contains carcinogenic properties that can produce dangerous effects when inhaled or applied to the skin."(Dr. Axe).  So when spraying insect repellents you risk the chance of breathing this harmful toxin into your lungs.  To be on the safe side I just avoid it all together :) Click here to read more on the dangers of DEET. There are safe alternative solutions to keep you and your family bug free this season. 

Bug Away Spray
10 drops Citronella
10 drops Lemongrass
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Tea Tree
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Kunzea

  1. Add essential oils to a 4 oz spray bottle. 
  2. Add 2 oz. distilled water and 2 oz. neutral spirit (witch hazel or vodka work well)
  3. Add spray top and shake well to combine.
  4. Spray on exposed skin, clothing and even pets to keep the bugs away. 
Young Living’s Insect Repellent is tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using only 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients. Formulated without DEET, parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants It rubs easily into skin without a greasy or sticky finish. Also comes in insect repellent wipes that are easy to take on the go. Safe to use on the entire family.

*Tip add this to an empty 15 ml oil bottle and add a roll-on top for easy on the go application. I use this to easily apply it to my little one :)

Citronella has a slight citrus scent. Its versatility makes it a great household product to add to your beauty routine or to refresh indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Some ways to use Citronella
Apply topically before and during outdoor activities.
Use Citronella's bright scent to sweeten a custom fragrance or diffusion blend.
Apply topically to refresh and moisturize skin.
Use as an alternative to deodorant. Combine with Tea Tree essential oil for added strength.
Create a DIY floating candle bowl to create a peaceful ambiance and pleasant aroma during outdoor parties.

Kunzea has a spicy, woodsy aroma to uplift any environment. With properties that help soothe fatigued muscles and work to reduce the appearance of blemishes when applied topically, Kunzea will be a new household staple. Use alongside Purification® to help purify the air or instead of Tea Tree for a more pleasant aroma and milder sensation when applied topically. Historically aborigines would sleep under these plants at night to ward off biting insects and ticks. Use in diffuser to purify and cleanse the air. Pairs great with Purification. 

If you one of those buggers happens to bite you, you can help stop the itch with this easy DIY Itch Stick roll-on. Perfect to take with you on the go. 

Itch Stick Roll-on
20 drops Purification
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint

1. Add essential oils to a 10 ml glass roll-on with a stainless steel roller ball top. 
2. Fill the rest of the way with carrier oil. I like fractionated coconut oil or the V-6 Vegetable oil complex. 
3. Apply to bites to soothe the itch.

This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable. Purification soothes skin when applied topically, clears the air of unwanted odors, and freshens musty and stale areas with its lively scent. Add 10-12 drops of purification to a 4 oz. spray bottle with 2 oz. distilled water and 2 oz. neutral spirit and spray the room to keep odors away.

I am here to help you along you path to natural healing with essential oils. I will be here to help and support you on your journey. I provide a welcome gift to help you get started ad many other resources too. 
Also Click Here for a free digital Essential Oils 101 class. 

Enjoy the season and the great outdoors!