Natural Bug Protection

It’s officially summer!! YAY! This means sunshine, exploring the great outdoors and BUGS! Pesky, pesky bugs that seem to be more likely to make you sick these days. Here’s how we successfully handle our bug situation naturally.

Around 9-10 years ago (I have very little concept of time)…before kids…I decided to quit deet. No more deet. It smells terrible, and I wasn’t reading good-for-you stories about it. I’m no scientist, so I encourage you to do your own research on the concerns of using deet on your skin – your largest organ.

But what do we do?!

We were headed on a vacation with friends in OBX, NC, I remember the bugs being pretty irritating the last time I was there. This is when I discovered essential oils. I tracked down a bottle of pure peppermint oil along with a spray bottle, and mixed my first ever diy personal care product.


I shared the spray with my friends, very hopeful that I was winning this game against deet and bugs. They had some fun with a few hippie jokes…and we all got bug bites on that vacation. It felt like less, but overall it was a good fail.

I am very dedicated in my refusal to use deet and/or common bug repellent brands. We owned a home on a mountain in a very rural part of Northern New Jersey for a few years. “Spent a little time on mountain…” (name that song). Just before we moved up there, 95% of the bats had died from white-nose syndrome; a strange white fungus found on bats snouts and wings. Bats are insect-eaters and help human agriculture. The million bats killed would have consumed 8,000 pounds of insects in a single summer night. Since that wasn’t happening, we were left as bait for those bugs!

It was awful to go outside, the very reason we moved up there. We decided that we would co-exist with the spiders on the deck and there were talks about building flower boxes to line the top rail of our deck with lemongrass plants. Some good-willed loves brought us bug spray that ultimately collected dust, we also tried citronella candles and coils. But the sadness of our dream adventure in the woods had us locked up inside for those beautiful seasons and we ended up packing up and heading back to suburbia shortly after becoming parents.BugSpray_Review_2

Now for the next phase of deet-free life, parenthood. While we can deal with itchy bites like champs – our babies, not so much. Our first born reacts from bug bites with huge, itchy welts. Now what? I’m certainly not spraying/rubbing my child with anything I won’t use on myself.

Luckily, a new company was created right around the time my oldest was born. The Honest Company’s bug repellent has been our go-to for the past 3 years. We were getting less bites, but I tend to forget to reapply.

Fast forward to now, I’m fully commited to using Young Living Essential Oils for nearly everything/everyone. I began to research diy bug repellent once again. It only took me 10 years to learn that the peppermint oil I used in my original diy spray, not being therapeutic grade, was not going to be nearly as effective as the quality oils from Young Living.

“I believe I became disenchanted with essential oils when I stopped using Young Living. I see now that the others just weren’t as good” – A Friend

I truly love researching essential oils. The successful experimenting is what makes it so exciting for me. A few friends asked me about a tick spray – will I be making one? I haven’t had any issues with ticks so far, but there are articles circulating about some super-tick making people very sick. I had plans to make my own mosquito protection, but would also like protection from these scary ticks.

I read through a number of articles, viewed a couple videos and came up with a formula I hoped would work out using geranium, lemongrass and peppermint essential oils.

I already had lemongrass and peppermint essential oils (more on those later), but our current season of life doesn’t quite allow for the purchase of the geranium (specific for the protection from ticks) at $41.25 a bottle—if I wasn’t 100% it was going to be effective. This would have to be a team effort. I priced out what it would cost to make a spray, and lined up a couple friends willing to chip in on experiment.

The sprays sold out in a flash! I made them to order and quickly paid into the risk factor that I believe many of us have before diving into essential oils, specifically Young Living Essential Oils. However, time and time again, Young Living Essential Oils prove to be the finest, most pure and effective ingredients in the industry – at least in mine and millions of other’s experiences.


Here is the recipe for my spray. I’ve named it “Ribbons Ribbons.” While I know many will find this name to be a head scratcher – the main ingredient is geranium, which is from the rose. Keeping those ticks away…”It Must Have Been the Roses.”

GREEN UP WELL: Ribbons Ribbons (2oz)

  • 1/2 tbsp witch hazel
  • 20 drops geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • fill the rest with distilled water

Natural Bug Spray

I collected reviews from my first batch, and sprinkled them throughout this article. The success of this spray, after a decade of trying… makes me feel that it is my duty to share it. I’ve decided to share it in multiple ways.

I will be making other batches. So far, only in 2oz bottles. The details for these sprays will be found on Green Up Well’s Essential Oils Facebook page. Here is were I post about my real time discoveries using Young Living Essentials Oils, as well as any blends I decide to create and share, such as Ribbon Ribbons.

After 10 years of trying… I stop here. I know I haven’t tried everything on the market, but I’m not into spending and wasting on things that don’t work. I’ve finally found my armor against the bugs! Please use this recipe respectfully to create your own protection from the bugs. I encourage you to choose Young Living Essential Oils. The quality and integrity of this brand of essential oils is, in my opinion, second to none.

If you do not already have a Young Living team in your life, I would love to have you as part of mine. My member ID# 10431003, can be used for both the Enroller and Sponsor. It would be a delight to guide you.


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