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Bugs-Be-Gone Spray Recipe

Photography: Rita Maas

Source: Body+Soul, July/August 2006


Because of their potency and concentration, essential oils should always be diluted when used in a spray.


  1. Fill a 4-ounce spritzer bottle 2/3 full with water. Add 4 to 6 drops of any combination of the oils listed above; eucalyptus, lavender, citronella, and cedarwood is a favorite blend.

  2. Spray clothes frequently -- every 10 to 15 minutes -- to successfully ward off insects. Do not spray on face.

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