DIY: Happy Camper Outdoor Spray


Summertime, the livin’ is easy in the Kootenays! The summer sun, sparkling lake, lush mountains and yes, the buzzing, biting mosquitoes, bees and wasps. Many folks in the Koots are always on the lookout for healthy yet effective alternatives to conventional products. Natural remedies can provide great protection and treatment against our flying buggy friends and nourish your feel-good senses at the same time.

Small wire whisk
Measuring cups & spoons
Clean spray bottles

1 cup witch hazel (or water)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp citronella essential oil
½ Tbsp lavender essential oil
¼ Tbsp eucalyptus essential oil
¼ Tbsp tea tree essential oil
¼ Tbsp peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients, pour into the spray bottles and label clearly. Contents settle, so shake thoroughly before each application. Apply small quantities to exposed skin. Spray in your hands to apply to face. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming.