The Best Gnat Repellant I’ve Ever Used

I realize this isn’t a branding or Magical Lady Boss related post, but it’s VERY important, nonetheless. You’ll thank me, I promise.

I live in the low country. We have these little gnats that will wear your butt out. If the weather’s nice, they’re out. If you live down here or have ever visited, you know what I’m talking about – sand gnats. If you think mosquitos are bad, you’ve never met a sand gnat. Traditional bug sprays don’t work, but essential oils seem to.

This is the recipe I use to keep these nasty little buggers from biting. They’ll still fly around you (because clearly no one taught them boundaries), but they won’t land on you. Godspeed.

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You’ll need a spray bottle of some sort.  I use this 3 oz, pump bottle, so the amounts I’ve listed are for that size.  For bigger bottles, simply adjust everything accordingly.

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10 drops geranium oil

10 drops rosemary oil

10 drops lemongrass oil

2 oz water

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp olive oil

1.5 tsp rubbing alcohol

Simply add all the ingredients to the bottle, shake it up, and spray it on.  It’s non-greasy and smells delightful.  If you find that this mixture doesn’t work for the insects in your areas, try switching the ratio of essential oils, until you find one that does!  

Another trick I use is burning rosemary bundles.  It’s an exceptional repellant.  Simply cut a few sprigs from your garden, dry them for a few days, then wrap them up! Here’s a super quick tutorial video, if you’re not familiar with tying up bundles.