Courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs
I've read that Catnip essential oil can be as effective as DEET, but it can also be expensive. So, I made a tincture of fresh Catnip leaf from the garden in pure grain alcohol, which drew out the volatile oils in just a week and produced a lovely emerald extract.
4oz fresh Catnip tincture (95% alcohol)
4oz Witch Hazel extract
80 drops organic Citronella essential oil
80 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
40 drops organic Lavender essential oil
20 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
10 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic Lemon essential oil
Mix all ingredients in an 8oz spray bottle and shake well before using. Reapply as often as needed.
Content and recipes written by Erin McIntosh, the Communications Manager at Mountain Rose Herbs.