A few weeks ago, Dr. Roger shared some of the great uses for coconut oil that are out there. Some of these healthy and beneficial uses included coconut oil as a cooking and baking ingredient, even as a form of lotion! With the summer sun beginning to warm up our increasingly longer days, and bug season jumping into high gear, we thought we would reveal one of the most powerful, natural, and sweet smelling bug repellents out there – Coconut Oil.
Why Coconut Oil is Better
It turns out that essential oils are key to repelling insects, and there are quite a few that you can use to do so! While combinations of these oils are very common for repellents, many people are turning to coconut oil as a main ingredient.
The reasons for their switch? Coconut Oil is not only a key ingredient for repelling bugs, but it is also void of toxic DEET found in store-bought brands, and it doubles as a great moisturizer so your skin will not get dried out from its application.
Where to Buy Coconut Oil
Do to the increasing popularity of Coconut Oil and its variety of uses, you can now purchase it just about anywhere. Try the health section of your local pharmacy or Walgreens, or even the cooking aisle of your nearest grocery store.
Want to Make Your Own Repellent?
We are sure your Pinterest boards are teaming with great DIY crafts and fix-its around the house. With this recipe for homemade coconut oil bug repellent being so simple, you can go ahead and pin it up there as well!
This great and simple recipe was created by Elizabeth at The Nourished Life: How to Make Homemade Bug Repellent (Cream or Spray)
Step 1: Choose Your Essential Oils
The right essential oils will have bugs running (or flying) in the opposite direction. You’ll need a total of about 40-50 drops of essential oils per 8 ounces of bug repellent. You can use one kind of essential oil, or mix and match. The oils you want to use in homemade bug repellent are any of the following:
(Some of her favorite combinations are lemongrass with citronella and basil, or lavender with geranium and peppermint.)
Step 2: Add Your Base – Coconut Oil
(You can also choose to make your homemade insect repellent with water.)
For oil-based bug repellent: Simply mix 40-50 drops of essential oils into 8 oz. of your favorite carrier oil – coconut oil! Store in a small glass jar or tub. This mixture is quite effective and can be dabbed lightly on wrists, inside the arm, behind the knees and around the ankles to keep those bugs at a distance.
Have a great recipe for natural, powerful bug repellent you would like to share? Just enter your recipe in the comment box below! We would love to hear from you!
Best Wishes and Happy (Almost) Summer,
Dr. Roger Sahoury