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Recipe: Catnip-Geranium Bug Repellent

Studies at Iowa State University show catnip to be 10 times more effective than DEET.1 Mix up a bottle of this fresh-smelling bug spray before your next hiking or camping trip to keep mosquitoes at bay - the natural way! (To help keep the shield on your skin longer, add glycerin).



  1. Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well.

To Use:

  1. Shake bottle well before using as oil and water will separate.
  2. For use on body, spray onto exposed skin.
  3. For use on face, spray onto hands and rub carefully onto face, avoiding eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Spray can also be applied to clothing to keep away mosquitoes and other bugs that can bite through fabric.


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At A Glance

TOTAL: 15 minutes
YIELD: Makes 8 ounces.