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Bug Repellant Mason Jar Luminaries


  • 4 Mason jars (you can also recycle jelly jars, etc)
  • 40 drops each – cedarwood, lavender, lemon and Thieves essential oils (or use your own combination of oils, but these are known to help to repel the buggies). This equals TEN drops of each oil/jar.
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 fresh limes
  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Water
  • Floating tea light candles


  1. Line up 4 mason jars.

  2. Slice the lemons and the limes and set aside for a moment – I like to have two each just in case but you can possibly use one each.

  3. Place two sprigs of rosemary into each jar.

  4. Fill each jar ¾ full with water.

  5. Add the essential oils of your choice – 10 drops each per jar – and swirl slightly.

  6. Place a slice each of lemon and lime into each jar.

  7. Add more water if needed to raise the level to almost full.

  8. Place a floating tea light candle on top.

  9. Set outside, light and make some magic once you light them.

  10. Replace tea lights as needed – I recommend having some extras on hand!

  11. Discard fruit and liquid in jar after 2 – 3 days depending on your climate; rinse jars and start fresh as needed.

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