Citrus essential oils have wonderful insect repellent properties without necessarily being off-putting to the human nose. Who doesn’t find the smell of orange and lemons totally refreshing? However, citrus essential oils are known to cause photosensitivity when applied to skin areas that are exposed to sunlight, causing more harm than good for what it’s worth.
But if it were to be applied elsewhere on the body that would be totally concealed from the sun, you could still benefit from their insect repelling properties and at the same time enjoy the pick-me-up aroma citrus essential oils give, such as the soles of your feet! Hence this Bugs-Away Foot Sole Serum.
I chose canola oil as a carrier oil primarily because it is affordable, used in cooking (and is therefore safe enough to be put on the skin), and it is moisturizing enough without leaving you with grimy, slippery, and greasy feet. But feel free to choose other carrier oils that suit you. This serum is just for the feet anyway – I’m sure our family’s feet wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t as luxurious an oil as jojoba or sweet almond.
I also added in just 1 drop each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils because of their proven insect repellent properties, but trying to be subtle enough not to overpower the whole blend. I still kept it at a 1% dilution so that I could use it on my toddler, but you can definitely increase the concentration a bit and play around with the essential oil ratio to suit your taste (I mean, smell).
Please keep in mind that this insect repellent serum is for non-exposed skin only, the soles of the feet being the most ideal as they rarely get exposed to the sun under normal circumstances. Do not use this on skin areas that could potentially get exposed to the sun.
Bugs-Away Foot Sole Serum
60 ml canola oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
3 drops orange essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
Blend well in a glass dropper, roller, or spray bottle and apply on the soles of the feet to keep those annoying biters at bay. Repeat every 3 hours or as needed. Good luck!