Looking for a natural alternative to chemical sprays? Mountain Rose Herbs offers this recipe for making your own insect repellent from essential oils— especially catnip, which the company says can be as effective as chemicals in deterring pesky mosquitoes. If you have fresh catnip in your garden, you can use a high-alcohol tincture instead of hydrosol.
8 ounces organic catnip hydrosol 20 drops organic cedarwood essential oil 20 drops organic lavender essential oil 10 drops organic lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic lemon essential oil
Slowly drip each essential oil into the hydrosol, counting with care as you go. Mix all ingredients in the bottle by shaking vigorously. Shake well before each use and reapply as often as needed.
You can mix up your own insect repellent using