I purchased the essential oils on Amazon, and added a small amount of a Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap in peppermint that I have on hand. The soap helps the mixture blend together by dissolving the oil, and you don’t use enough to make your horse soapy. A better alternative would be witch hazel, which also combines the oil with the water while preserving the scent longer. I haven’t purchased it yet, but I think that would make this spray even better!
The dominant scent I add is geraniol then clove, but you can definitely experiment with ratios that work for your specific area! All these oils repel bugs, as do many others. I have also used a peppermint & lavender combo that works pretty well! The scent of cloves seems to stick around the longest. Here are Amazon links* to the oils I am using:
- Geraniol oil (NOT geranium, though that also may do something and smells nice!)
- Clove oil
- Peppermint oil
- Witch Hazel (or Pure Castile soap is what I use)
- Distilled water
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