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I'm Bored Busy Bag: DIY Scented Bug Repellent Kit

March 23, 2016

DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent

Herbal scents you love bottled up in a bug repellent kit. Kids will love creating their own DIY “bug off” scents.

lavender in field

Long ago before commercial bug sprays were available, soldiers often created their own  bug repellents by infusing strong smelling herbs with pure essential oils to ward off insects while out in the field.

herbs for DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent

If you dig deep enough in herbal folklore, you’ll find that most of the  natural bug repellents are composed of two parts – strong scented herbs and pure essential oils. (Some variations also include vinegar, hazel witch and vodka.) 

DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent

For this kit, we looked in our backyard. The boys picked lavender and rosemary from outside and mixed that with dried lemongrass, dried lemon thyme and dried mint. For the essential oil we added peppermint (because we just love mint!). 

DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent

Add drops of pure essential oils until the desired scent is achieved. A suggested ratio of oil to herbs would be 1/2 oil to 1/2 herbs.

The most common herbs and oils used to repel bugs are:

Essential Oils - Citronella, lavender, mint, lemon eucaluptus, clove, lemongrass, catnip, cedarwood, cajeput, tea tree, rosemary.

Herbs - Citronella, mint, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, sage, rosemary, lemon thyme, lime basil, chamomile.

DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent

On top of the herbs, we placed a cotton ball, which you can use to dab the scented mixture onto your body.  The wonderful part about adding the cotton ball at the end of the kit is the layered effect. 

When you add the oil to the herbs it sinks to the bottom - leaving the cotton ball dry, sitting on top of the herbs until you mix the ingredients together. 

DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent Busy Bag Kids Nature Activity Kit

To help infuse the herbal scents with the oil, make sure to close the top of the bottle. 

DIY Scented Bug Off Repellent

Kids will love creating their own custom scents and seeing herbs used in a whole new way. A fun "end-of-the-summer" kit to make and put in their bags. 



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