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A lifestyle blog written by a simple living and zero-waste minimalist about healthy living, family, career and essential oils.


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Chemical Free + All Natural DIY Bug Spray

cait y. // the willow field

diy bug spray recipe

Tis' the season for BUGS!  And I don't know about you, but being pregnant makes me hyper aware of the bug situation we've got goin' on.  Since we're big outdoors people having a great bug spray is an absolute must. 

For years we used the "all natural" brands found at Target, but you know what?  Can you even pronounce half the ingredients in those brands?  Because I can't.  And that scared me.

So when we really made conscious switch to a more natural lifestyle a few years ago bug repellent was first on the list.  (I was NOT about to go camping without it!)

An easy choice for us this season was to purchase the Young Living repellent.  I absolutely love this stuff and not only is it safe for adults & kids, but it also smells good & works amazing!  I would snag a bottle or two before they sell out! Order yours here.

all natural bug repellent

But since we had to make do without this magic bottle of bug repellent for years, here's my favorite DIY Bug Spray recipe:

This DIY Recipe can be altered for little ones to: 2 drops each of Purification, Citronella, & Lavender.

diy bug spray ingredients
diy natural bug spray

DIY Itch Stick

In a 10ml rollerball (order pretty frosted ones here or pretty rainbow ones here), combine

  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • + top with a carrier oil

Roll on bug bites & itches and bam! No more itch.

Wanna keep ticks & spiders away from your home & your kiddos?! Keep a small spray bottle of 15 drops peppermint + 15 drops Lavender topped with distilled water & a splash of witch hazel. I like to spray this in window sills, outdoor rugs & on shoes/hats!!

Pro tip: Dining outside & want to keep the bugs away? Grab an outdoor fan, put a few drops of citronella + peppermint on a cotton ball + close-pin (or two!) + attach to the front of the fan & you have yourself a giant outdoor diffuser!

Happy bug season ya'll!

XO, Cait



Best $160 I Ever Spent

cait y. // the willow field


Yep. Literally the best $160.00 I’ve ever spent in my entire life and it was on the Premium Starter Kit with Young Living. The very best way to get started with essential oils. Seriously the best bang for your buck, not to mention all the perks that come along with it!!! We use oils from the kit daily, and lots of times we find ourselves using almost ALL of the oils from the kit daily.
The kit includes:

  • Thieves – the healthy-keeper. It helps kill airborne yuckies, boosts immunity, and is just the greatest.
  • Purification – gets rid of bad odors; I love it in our laundry and on any shoes with leather inserts! It also is great for spot treating blemishes.
  • Copaiba – supports body’s response to irritation, it enhances other oils.
  • Frankincense – Incredible for skin and immune systems, eases occasional and minor tension, promotes feelings of calmness and balance.
  • RC – contains 3 different kids of eucalyptus which have naturally occurring eucalyptol (really good stuff), it’s great for respiratory comfort.
  • DiGize – supports a super healthy digestive system, eases nausea and upset/sour stomach.
  • Lemon – naturally highlights hair, maintains energy levels, helps oily skin, calluses, cellulite, detoxing your body. The works.
  • Stress Away – exactly what it says. We roll it onto our wrists and the back of our necks anytime we want it.
  • Peppermint – helps me enjoy springtime outdoors, Soothes occasional head tension, supports digestive system (it’s one of my go to oils for my sensitive tummy) promotes proper nasal and respiratory function! Love this stuff.
  • Panaway – so many types of relief. Especially with muscles!!
  • Lavender – “the Swiss Army knife of essential oils.” We use it for enjoying the springtime outdoors. great for relaxation, sleepy cream, a calm environment for kids, and dry/chapped/irritated skin.
  • Two pouches of NingXia Red. (The BEST drink on the planet!)
  • 10 – dram bottles (Perfect for sharing samples).
  • 10 Love It! Share It! Cards (Informative share cards).
  • 10 – Sample Packets (Two sample packets each of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves and Peace & Calming.
  • 1 AromaGlide Roller Fitment (Transform an oil bottle into a roller in one easy step).
  • An issue of EO Magazine.
  • Product Guide.  And if you’re ready to make an investment in your health this winter you can go grab yours here. 

Questions?  Please reach out to me and we'll chat!  >>