EO Living: Homemade Buzz Off Bug Repellent, Hand Sani, and Owee Spray

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EO Buzz Off Spray

1/4 cup Witch Hazel

1/4 cup water (boiled then cooled)

1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil

20 drops TerraShield oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower, Tamanu Seed, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip Plant, Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf, Litsea Fruit, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Arborvitae Wood)

5 drops Lavender Oil

5 drops Peppermint Oil

Combine essential oils and Vitamin E oil in a 4 oz glass spray bottle then fill just under half the remaining space with Witch Hazel before finishing with cooled water (leaving space for the sprayer). Shake to blend before each use.

*The essential oils used in this spray are natural bug repellants

EO Hand Sani Spray

Witch Hazel

20 drops of dōTERRA OnGuard Oil (Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils)

1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel (optional)

Combine essential oil, Vitamin E oil and Aloe Vera gel in a 4 oz glass spray bottle then fill the remainder with Witch Hazel (leaving space for the sprayer). Shake to blend before each use.

*The essential oils in dōTERRA’s OnGuard contain natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties

EO Owee Spray

Witch Hazel

10 drops Melaluca Oil

10 drops Lavender Oil

10 drops Frankincense Oil

10 drops Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO)

Add essential oils and FCO to a 4 oz glass spray bottle then fill the remainder with Witch Hazel (leaving space for the sprayer). Shake to blend before each use.

*The essential oils in this recipe contain natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties

Non-EO Ingredients

I used the brands I already had on hand which were generally safe according to my research. Here are some tidbits of information I came across that I thought were noteworthy:

Witch Hazel-

There are many opinions on the internet regarding the effectiveness of witch hazel that contains alcohol vs alcohol-free. Witch Hazel is defined by the FDA in the USP-NF (The United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary* as 86% Witch Hazel distillate from the bark and twigs of Hamamelis virginiana Linné and 14% natural grain alcohol or ethyl alcohol. You can draw your own conclusions on which works best for your ohana, but the Witch Hazel did in fact contain 14% alcohol.

If you are searching for a Witch Hazel substitute, many recipes used vodka.

Vitamin E-

Real Vitamin E will say d alpha-tocopherol, while synthetic is listed as dl alpha-tocopheryl.

The Vitamin E oil helps prevent the spray from going rancid and also acts as a carrier and moisturizer for the recipes listed above. Feel free to substitute with other carrier oils (Jojoba, FCO, etc.).

Aloe Vera Gel-

Because Aloe Vera is a natural product and not a drug, the production and distribution of it is largely unregulated. The actual amount of Aloe Vera per product can vary widely so be sure to check your labels. Aloe Vera (or Aloe Barbadensis Miller) should be the first ingredient (not water or a filler) and Aloe Vera juice or gel products stamped with the International Aloe Science Council seal are 95%+ Aloe Vera.

*book of public pharmacopeial standards for chemical and biological drug substances, dosage forms, compounded preparations, excipients, medical devices, and dietary supplements.

Water-

Lastly, anytime you add water to an EO recipe it should be boiled first to kill bacteria and the growth of bacteria. Here is a great blog post by Crunchy Betty on DIYing with water.

Final Note-

These spray bottle recipes do not last forever (because of bacteria) and can go rancid. Some of the ingredients are meant to help prevent that (e.g. EOs, Vitamin E oil, Witch Hazel), but you can also help slow the process by using tinted spray bottles (see photo), and storing them in the fridge when you’re not using them. The sprays I mixed are still fine, but it’s only been a week. The shelf-life of your sprays will vary depending on the quality of products you use in addition to bacteria exposure during handling.

Disclaimer: These recipes are our ohana’s attempt at reducing chemical exposure. I am a mother looking for natural alternatives- I am not a physician or scientist. Any information provided on my blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, so please consult a physician for serious health concerns.

 

 

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