If you are prone to getting bitten then you must be tasty to those little biting critters. One of the keys to a good bug deterrent is making yourself taste disgusting and this is where certain essential oils come in. The second key component is that you need to start using the oils a few weeks before you go on holiday so that the oils can start to work on making you smell lovely to us humans but taste disgusting to insects that bite. Two weeks before is ideal.
If you don't have a big range of essential oils, the one I would recommend is lavender. Insects are not keen on the taste of most essential oils and lavender is a great all rounder. It is nice and gentle and can even be used neat on the skin which most oils cannot be. It is a 'go to' in our house for putting on bites, spots, a drop on your pillow to help you sleep and diluted in a carrier oil to put on rashes. If ever we go away anywhere, a bottle of lavender comes with us.
If you are feeling more adventurous, however, then below is a blend of essential oils that you can use to add to a simple body oil, or to witch hazel as a splash, to water as a room spray, or you can add it straight to an unscented body cream or balm . The spray is very handy. You can spray around windows and doors, pillows and bed sheets or ankles as you are on your way out...
Just remember the key is to use the blend a few weeks before you go away, in whichever way is most convenient for you.
10 drops lemongrass
5 drops lavender
5 drops peppermint
You can multiply these amounts up and make a larger batch, and then just add a few drops of the blend to your chosen method. For every 10 ml of oil, you can add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil blend. For the room spray, which you are not using on the skin, you can add more of the blend.