Fly Spray
30 Min

Fly Spray

Our world is home for not just humans but to all the others that live on it from sea creatures to animals to birds to bacteria. Every living being serves a purpose on the planet. In the evolution of life, even seemingly unwanted flying insects like mosquitoes provide pollination and serve as food to birds and many sea creatures.

However, spending time outside whether it’s putting something on the grill or doing yoga on the lawn puts us in direct path of these pesky mosquitoes and the recent rain combined with extreme heat has certainly brought on a surge. So, when they want to get a bite out of me, I am ready to push back a little. Over years and after much tweaking, I have developed a non-toxic solution of edible camphor with essential oils to deter mosquitoes and I use it freely at home and at the restaurants. Spray it directly on yourself or leave a bowl out.

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Cook Time

30 Minutes



Step 1
Pour hot water over the edible camphor in a medium sized bowl. The camphor should dissolve into the water within a few minutes. Let the solution cool down.
Step 2
Next, add the clove, mint, eucalyptus, and geranium essential oil and mix until combined.
Step 3
Store in an airtight jar or pour into a spray bottle and use either directly on your skin or spray the room with it.
4 cups of hot water
2 small pieces of edible camphor
1/2 teaspoon clove essential oil
1 teaspoon mint essential oil
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1 teaspoon geranium essential oil

Notes & Variations

  • In South India, edible camphor, which is extracted from a camphor tree, usually comes in small translucent chunks. It is used as a flavoring for certain dishes, as a digestive aid along with made into an incense stick to prevent mosquitoes. You can find edible camphor at Indian grocery stores or online.
  • There are a lot of sources of essential oils on the market but one company I use is called BioSource Naturals.
  • The mosquito spray will last for a year.
30 Min


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