Mason Jar Luminaries: Homemade Bug Repellent
Are you one of those “lucky” individuals who loves spending time outside but is a 5 star feast for mosquitoes? Yep, me too. It’s horrible! Being sucked dry every time you set one toe outside kind of puts a damper on summer, in my opinion. The remedies for this problem are just about as bad as the problem itself. You can coat yourself with sticky bug spray that smells like a vat of chemicals or hover near a citronella candle that lets off weird black smoke and also smells like unpronounceable ingredients. This year, I was determined to find a better alternative, and I did, in the form of homemade bug repellent.
I’ve been experimenting with essential oil recipes for a while now and have managed to make everything from homemade beauty products to homemade cleaning products… so I thought “why not homemade bug repellent?”
This homemade bug repellent is pretty awesome. It’s super fast and easy to make. In fact, I’m pretty sure if I timed you you could make this homemade bug repellent in under 5 minutes. I also like that the only “heavy” equipment it requires is a knife to slice up the fruit and a measuring cup. You aren’t going to dirty half your kitchen or have to figure out how to work that food processor you only use once a year to make this homemade bug repellent. 😉
In addition to its simplicity, this homemade bug repellent rocks because it’s not filled with chemicals whose names contain two-thirds of the alphabet. Being able to pronounce (and spell) all of the ingredients in a recipe are big pluses in my book, how about you?
Lastly, this homemade bug repellent is kind of pretty. You’ve got a clear Mason jar, with pops of yellow (lemon) and green (lime) floating around in it. It’s the perfect decoration for summer. This homemade bug repellent looks so much like well, not bug repellent that I think you could easily use it as a centerpiece at a picnic or garden party without feeling like it wrecks the setting.
Personally, the next time my family and I get invited to some kind of picnic or outdoor gathering, I’m going to volunteer to bring some of this homemade bug repellent as our contribution. It may not initially be as popular as say rainbow fudge, but I know people (and their waistlines) will come to appreciate this homemade bug repellent a lot!
Making a homemade bug repellent was way easier than I thought it would be, so I’m a little bummed out that I never tried it sooner! You will be too… so don’t wait. Make this homemade bug repellent today! 🙂
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2-8 oz Mason jars
1-16 oz Mason jar
40 drops rosemary essential oil
2 key limes or 1 lime
8 fresh rosemary sprigs
3 tea light candles
32 oz water
1. Slice lime(s) and lemon.
2. Place 3-4 slices of lime and lemon in each Mason jar.
3. Place 4 rosemary sprigs in the large jar and 2 in each smaller jar.
4. Fill a measuring cup with 32 oz of water, add 40 drops of rosemary essential oil, and stir.
5. Pour water into Mason jars.
6. Take tea lights out of the silver containers and place them on top of the water.
7. Light candles, place the jars outside around the area you’re using, and watch your homemade bug repellent work wonders!
Do you like to use homemade beauty products and homemade cleaners? I love the ability to make products to use in my home that are all natural and safe which is why I am a big fan of essential oils. Young Living essential oils are my favorite oils because they are some of the best essential oils on the market. I also appreciate that Young Living guarantees no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of their oils, and that they are the only company that has their own farms, so they can ensure the quality of their oils.
Mason Jar Luminaries: Homemade Bug Repellent
Tired of getting eaten alive when you step outside? Instead of lathering yourself with sticky bug spray or hovering near a citronella candle, take a few minutes to whip up this all natural homemade bug repellent. These mason jar luminaries are not only an effective way to repel mosquitos, but they are pretty too. They could easily serve as beautiful centerpieces for your barbecue or backyard party.
- 2-8 oz Mason jars
- 1-16 oz Mason jar
- 40 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 lemon
- 2 key limes or 1 lime
- 8 fresh rosemary sprigs
- 3 tea light candles
- 32 oz water
- Slice lime(s) and lemon.
- Place 3-4 slices of lime and lemon in each Mason jar.
- Place 4 rosemary sprigs in the large jar and 2 in each smaller jar.
- Fill a measuring cup with 32 oz of water, add 40 drops of rosemary essential oil, and stir.
- Pour water into Mason jars.
- Take tea lights out of the silver containers and place them on top of the water.
- Light candles, place the jars outside around the area you’re using, and watch your homemade bug repellent work wonders!
I use Bergamot oil in mine. When I was making candles I found that Citronella and other scents drew the bugs. Bergamot sends them away. I use rosemary from my garden, lemon and water infused with a few drops of Bergamot. They not only are lovely to look at they smell amazing. We are in a drought this year. Not to many bugs. One advantage to a drought.
Thanks for sharing, Pat! 🙂 Kelli
Quick question Can I make these ahead of time except for the candles put the lids on and take them on vacation ?
Can these be made ahead?
How long ahead of time can I make these? How long will they last without being burned?
I would like to know too!
Can I substitute Rosemary with something else? It’s hard to find where I’m at.
Has the ? of how long they can be made up ahead of time been answered? Do they need to be stored in the refrigerator?
There is a difference in essential oils. Some essential oils have toxins added or don’t use the right plant which can be bad…For example: Lavandula Alternifolia is awesome for burns, cuts, etc. Lavandin will make a burn worse. Both are marketed as Lavendar.
Thanks for sharing, Rita! 🙂 Kelli
they look amazing
Marie Ano says
Thanks! Glad to hear you liked it! 🙂