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DIY Essential Oil Camping Spray


If the mosquitos by you are anything like they are here, you want relief. And you want it yesterday! You want those bugs to get away and stop biting. My sister put together an essential oil bug spray recipe and I only slightly tweaked it to include oils from the premium starter kit (and one additional optional one) and it’s been working!

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray Young Living

We have a big backyard with a lot of trees and leaves…aka places where mosquitos like to breed. Couple that with woods behind our house a a creek and it’s a haven for those little blood suckers.

Honestly, if they just took my blood, I’d be fine, it’s that dang stuff they put in me to stop my bleeding that makes me itch and whelp up that I dislike.

And the girls and I are like a buffet for the mosquitos, so I knew I needed something that worked!

As an added bonus is smells great and moisturizes your skin.

You will need a 2oz spray bottle, fractionated coconut oil, lemongrass essential oil (optional), tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, Thieves essential oil and Purification essential oil.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray Young Living

Using the below recipe, with fractionated coconut oil to dilute has been best for us. We’ve tried diluting with water and other things, but well, water and oil don’t mix, so you are constantly shaking and hoping the oil will come out in the sprayer with the water.

Diluting in oil means it will mix. Plus, the coconut oil leaves your skin nice and soft! This combination also smells great! However, if you don’t want to use coconut oil, you can also use witch hazel, just remember that you will need to shake to mix before applying.

Yield: 1 bottle


DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray Young Living

A DIY camping spray with essential oils and more that should scare the bugs away.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  1. Place the essential oils drop-wise into a 2oz glass spray bottle.
  2. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to fill the container.
  3. Spray on skin and rub in.

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  1. I was surprised how well it worked! I’m a magnet for mosquitos, and I didn’t get bit once, and neither did Red. I’ve had some “natural” and even some commercial sprays not work this well!

  2. Amanda Dawson says:

    We know the benefits of essential oil. A few years ago I have started using essential oil. And it has incredible results.

  3. I have made this bug spray before and I LOVE it! It really works! I love that I can use this on my kiddos and feel that it is safe for them!


  4. Hi! What could I use if I don’t have purification oil?

    1. Hi Yami. I’m not sure of the ratio, but Purification is a mixture of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree. You already have a couple of those from the other oils, so I’d at last add citronella, rosemary and myrtle if you can get your hands on it. Definitely you want to add citronella and rosemary.

  5. Hi there, I’m just wondering if I can use water as a base? Or avacado oil? I’m guessing fractionated coconut oil is much thinner and spritzable? Thanks!

    1. Hi Melissa…you could use water as a base, but the essential oils won’t mix in with it, so you’ll have to shake vigorously every time. You might have better luck with rubbing alcohol and a shake?

      You could use avocado oil, but yeah it’s thick and it’s going to be harder to rub in and likely leave you feeling oily.

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