You Can Make Non-Toxic Bug Spray From An Ordinary Plant

| by David Bonner
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Have you ever wanted to repel insects without using toxic bug sprays that are potentially harmful to your family, pets and the environment?

You might be surprised to know that you can achieve that result using an edible plant.

And you won’t harm any useful insects in the process. After all, most of the insects on our planet serve a useful purpose.

As pointed out by agriculture experts at Purdue University, humans would not have many fruits and vegetables without the pollinating services of insects. They also provide us with honey, beeswax, silk and many other products used in everyday life.

They also eat plants, fungi, dead animals and decaying organic matter, helping break down and dispose of wastes that would otherwise accumulate in our environment.

Insects also keep weeds and bugs that we consider pests at a tolerable level. In addition, many other animals rely on insects as a source of food.

These are important considerations to keep in mind when repelling insects from your home and body.

And that's where homemade mint spray comes in. It not only repels insects without harming them or humans, but it leaves behind a fresh, natural scent, as well.

The recipe is simple, according to Just cut fresh leaves, peppermint leaves, and citrus peels and place the pieces in a small pan of water. Bring the water to a boil, then let it sit overnight with a cover on the pan. The next morning, strain the water and mix it with an equal part rubbing alcohol. Put it in a spray bottle, and you’re ready to go!

Wellness Mama reports that in addition to mint leaves, we can use dried herbs such as peppermint, spearmint, catnip or lavender, as well as throwing in a few dried cloves. Boil in a covered pan and then strain in the morning, as above, and add either witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and place contents into a spray bottle.  

The site further recommends keeping the spray bottle in the refrigerator so it's nice and cool when it comes time to repel bugs. 

Sources: Purdue University,, Wellness Mama / Photo credit: Gurkan Sengun/Wikimedia Commons

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