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Recipe: Natural Insect Repeller

Many herbs in this recipe can be found in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet. They are also low-cost and easy to find. Lemongrass and rosemary have strong, crisp scents which tend to repel insects. The lavender will soothe and balance the aroma. Citronella has a strong citrus-like aroma which acts as an effective odor killer. Use it sparingly if you are sensitive to smell, or use more for a stronger mixture.


  • Muslin bag or sealed airtight jar

  • Lemongrass

  • Rosemary

  • Lavender

  • Citronella oil

  • Peppermint oil

In an jar or muslin bag, put 1 tablespoon each of lemongrass, rosemary, and lavender. Place 4-5 drops each of citronella and peppermint oil to start. You can add more drops as you wish. Make sure to stir or shake the mixture so the oil is spread throughout.

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