I am very allergic to mosquitoes! They can make an entire limb swell up. Then that will leave a bruise underneath for weeks. It's painful rather than itchy. BUT, I have never been able to wear bug spray either. They all give me severe headaches and make my eyes swell up. I spent a lot of very hot summer days and nights in long sleeves, long pants and boots because of this. After my daughter was born, I didn't want to risk any of it so I started experimenting with natural, homemade bug sprays. I've tried many but one worked better than any others. That is this one. Some put lavender instead of eucalyptus. I tried that and still had several bites. I tried tea tree oil as well. Tea tree seems to work for ticks but I still had mosquito bites. After using this spray, my daughter and I had zero, yes I said ZERO bites. If you follow my blog, you have seen my carpet treatment for fleas. It uses eucalyptus oil as well. I believe eucalyptus is just a great bug deterrent. (FYI, it's also good for clearing sinuses. Just put a few drops in each corner of your shower before taking a hot, steamy shower.) I didn't make a fancy bottle for this or anything. I just bought a little spray bottle from Walmart or Target.
Natural Bug Spray Recipe:
3.5 ounces Witch Hazel
Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Spray just like any other bug spray. Repeat as needed.
I hope it works as well for you as it did for my family!