My previous bug spray posted back in 2016 contained the blend Pest Defy by Edens Garden. This time I will be utilizing Shield Me from Plant Therapy’s “kidsafe” line. Edens Garden does carry a similar blend, Shoo Fly in their “ok for kids” line as well.
You can certainly make your own blend of essential oils into a spray, though this is one of those cases where I like to just go with a premade blend. The main reason being, a lot of the insect repelling essential oils (i.e. citronella, lemongrass, and the like) are ones that I don’t care for or have no use for otherwise so it is more economical for me to just buy it this way than to purchase a whole entire bottle of something I won’t use. *As a side note, I recently learned that lemongrass actually attracts bees! And it’s not safe for kids anyway, so leaving it out is a no brainer to me.
If you decide to go the total DIY route, a few kid friendly essential oils with insect repelling properties include: balm mint bush, cedarwood, citronella, geranium (especially good for mosquitos and ticks), grapefruit (be mindful of photosensitivity), lavender, lemon (be mindful of photosensivity), lemon eucalyptus, patchouli, and tea tree.
Bug Spray (Safe for Children)
- 1.5 ounces distilled water
- .5 ounces witch hazel
- 40 drops polysorbate 20
- 30 drops PT’s Shield Me blend
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Measure essential oils and emulsifier into a clean and sanitized glass spray bottle.
- Add witch hazel and water.
- Shake well to combine.
- Store in a cool, dark place, refrigeration is best.
- Discard and make a fresh batch every 7-10 days.
- Don't forget to shake it thoroughly before using.
- Spray lightly on clothing, hats, shoes, etc.
- If spraying on the skin, use caution around the face as sweating can cause the spray to get into the eyes, nose, mouth, etc. and cause irritation.