Two years ago I started making my own natural insect repellent spray and anti bug balm for our family. After getting tired of staring at all the many not so great for you bug sprays at the store and trying to find one that didn’t contain harmful ingredients, I gave up! Making your own bug spray and DIY bug balm is actually a lot simpler than you might think. I’m gonna share my family bug balm with you here and I bet you will love this shea butter mosquito repellent recipe.
You might be asking, ” What is a bug balm?” It’s a solid form of bug repellent. Just think if your bug spray was in a solid form that you could rub on, kinda like a lotion or a deodorant stick. That’s bug balm! It seems to coat and cover our skin better. Then we use repellent spray to spray things like the outdoor area and our clothing. The bugs here are bad, especially the mosquitoes!
All Natural Bug Balm Recipe
Ingredients/Supplies Needed for your All Natural Bug Repellent Balm Recipe:
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- White Beeswax
- Empty Deodorant Container (Can be found on Amazon)
- Young Living Citronella Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Young Living Patchouli Essential Oil
- Measuring cup/Tablespoon
How To Make All Bug Repellent Balm:
Start by gathering your supplies and head to the kitchen. First, grab a small pan and fill with water about 3-4 inches or half a cup. Place on stove and turn on high heat. Take a small glass measuring cup and place in water. This is acting like a double boiler. Into your measuring cup add 3 TBSP of beeswax, 3 TBSP of coconut oil and 1 TBSP of shea butter. Stir frequently until everything is completely melted. Your beeswax will take the longest to melt. It will take anywhere from 5-7 minutes. Just keep stirring!
Once those ingredients are all melted, carefully turn off heat and remove the glass measuring cup and place on a safe surface. The measuring cup will be EXTREMELY HOT so be careful.
Make sure to use an oven mitt to remove from pan. Let the melted mixture sit for about 60 seconds before adding the natural bug repellent essential oils. Add 20 drops of each essential oil and give a quick stir.
Next, careful pour the mixture into your empty deodorant containers. This recipe will fill up 3 containers (each container is 2.2oz).
Once you have filled each container up, let them cool for an hour. When they’re cooled, they will harden and you are ready to use.
How To Use DIY Bug Balm:
Just rub on your skin avoiding any sensitive areas like your eyes. Focus on the areas that will be most exposed like your ankles. Then rub in with your hands. If this is your first time using it test on a small patch of skin first to make sure you have no essential oil sensitivity.
We keep one in the car for unexpected stops at the park. I also keep a bug balm in my purse and by the door so the kids can always play outside without letting a few bugs stand in their way!
Do you enjoy trying DIY essential oils recipes? Do you think you will try this bug balm recipe and make your own bug balm repellent? My family and I love to make our own homemade skin care products. Let us know what you think @familyfocusblog
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Thanks for the terrific article on making homemade bug repellant balm.