• Steffie🌼Nature's Balance

DIY Bugs Away Mason Jar Candles

Updated: May 10, 2019

The great British summer... When the sun comes out boy do we make the most of it. The shorts go on, we dust down the garden furniture, get the Barbeque on and welcome into our garden family, friends and a plethora of insects!!

Yes, those damn bugs that bite us, get into our drinks and whizz around our heads like crazzed pests. I mean I am a nature lover and all but come on bugs... there is a time and a place and my spontaneous evening in the garden is not one of them. So, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to discover the insect repelling benefits of essential oils.

Theses homemade bug repellent candles are so easy to whip up and couldn't be easier to make. It's simply just placing lemons, limes and rosemary sprigs in a mason jar and topping with water and essential oils, but wow do they make quite the centerpiece flickering away and they smell amazing. You may even want to make some of these up even if your not having a bug problem!


* Mason Jars

* Water

* 1 Lemon

* 1 Lime

* A few sprigs of Rosemary

Essential oils:

* 8 Drops Lemongrass essential oil

* 6 Drops Lavender essential oil

* 4 Drops Geranium essential oil

* 2 Drops Peppermint

* Floating candles or tea lights with case removed


* Slice the lemon and lime into 1/4 inch slices.

* Add the essential oils to the bottom of a clean mason jar

* Now start adding the rosemary sprigs into your Jar

* Add 2 slices of lemon and 2 slices of lime ( place some flat and some standing upright)

* Fill the jars with water leaving and inch or so at the top for the candle.

* Place a candle in each Jar - Your done! Bugs are away and you can sit back, relax and enjoy the compliments your cute homemade candles will soon be receiving.


*Place jars outside on a sturdy surface, making sure they are away from any curtains, fabrics or flammable items.

*Replace candles as needed - have extra on hand just in case.

*Fruit/Rosemary/Water will last a couple of days. When using the second night i tend to top up the repelling properties by adding a few more drops of each oil into each jar.

*After 3 or 4 days when the fruit/herbs have wilted empty out the jar, wash up and make fresh candles when you need them.

You may have got rid of the insects but have you caught the DIY bug?

Looking for more DIY essential oil recipes to try out this summer - check out my Natural Allergy Ease Salve Recipe Here!

" There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it"

- Edith Wharton

Spread the light my oily friends,

Steffie 🌼

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