From Heather, just in time for summer camp-outs:
I have a pseudo-hack. It’s a recipe for all-natural bug repellent and it works as well as “Deep-Woods Off." I found this recipe many years ago in a local newspaper. The article, which I still have, credits a book called Healing with Herbs by Penelope Ody. I do not have the book but do have the yellowing newspaper article tucked away in my recipe box. Oh, and I call it a pseudo hack because it is easier to buy the canned stuff than create this concoction. However, if you don’t want unknown chemicals on your precious darling's skin OR if you don’t want to smell like you’ve been dipped in a flea bath, this insect repellent really works.
Basic recipe: In a bottle, mix 4 drops of eucalyptus, 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of rosemary, 4 drops of tea tree essential oils with 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and 4 teaspoons of water. Shake the mixture and apply directly to skin.
Bug spray variation: Add the same mixture of oils to 2 teaspoons of witch hazel and 8 oz of water. Put this in a spray bottle and shake. Spray this directly on the skin.
Oil rub down variation: Add the same mixture of oils to 5 teaspoons of olive oil. Rub the mixture into your skin.