Essential oils to keep bugs away?

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Karina

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Are there any oils that help repel bugs naturally? I spend a lot of time outdoors and on my body right now probably have at least 25 mosquito bites. I hate the smell of bug repellents but want to keep the pests away. Anyone have any natural solutions?
 

yellowflower

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Insect repellent lotion

Add the following to 8oz of unscented lotion:

15 drops of citronella essential oil
15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of patchouli essential
 

smittenkitten

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HI Karina

Unfortunatly mozzies seem to love me also and I always have a really nasty reaction to the bites, nasty and inflammed and enormous lol. I use Citronella, Lemon, Geranium, Tea Tree and Neem Oil in a fractionated coconut oil (because its nice and dry, not too greasy), I pop my mixture into a little roller ball bottle and it works a treat. Dab on your pulse points.

I only use a tiny bit of Citronella as it stinks but a drop or two seems to do the trick nicely.
 
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