DIY Anti-Bug Balm

It's that time of the year, Summer is here and all I want is for these bugs to be gone! Fruit flies, ticks, mosquitos... everything in between and beyond. Whether you've got critters making home in your kitchen or you're looking to deter and soothe bug bites while on your outdoor adventures, this recipe is for you.

Crafting your own wax balm/salve is very simple and worth the effort. Follow through this journal entry to get started.

What You'll Need

double boiler

beaker or heat-proof canning jar

carrier oil of choice (ie. sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil etc)

beeswax or any vegetable wax of choice (ie. soy wax, jojoba wax, coconut wax etc)

bug-deterring essential oils of choice

metal tins or small jars to package the balm

Anti-Bug Essential Oils

Here are some essential oils you can choose from to craft a bug-deterring product.

  • Lavender
  • Citronella
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Cloves
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemongrass
  • Tea Tree

For this anti-bug formula, I have chosen Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rose Geranium and Lemon essential oils to deter mosquitos, flies, ticks, spiders and gnats. These essential oils may also relieve the inflammation and irritation caused by bites while the aromatic properties shoo critters away. Which is why I prefer to make an anti-bug balm versus a spray, that way it can deter bugs while also soothing the skin and offering bug bite-relief.


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