As the days and nights are starting to warm up, we are spending more time outdoors doing some much-needed chores – such as gardening or mowing – or maybe just enjoying some fresh air since so many of us have been quarantined inside. I love being outdoors, but I truly hate the annoying bugs and pests that want to join in on my time outside. Below I have an all-natural bug spray that doesn’t contain DEET and is very effective in keeping them away.
In an 8-ounce glass or stainless steel container add the following
4 oz. of distilled water (or boil tap water and allow to cool)
4 oz. of witch hazel
1 tsp of carrier oil such as sweet almond, neem, or fractionated coconut oil
20 drops of lemon eucalyptus
25 drops of lemongrass
30 drops of rosemary
25 drops of tea tree
If you are putting this on a child less than three years old, I would switch the lemon eucalyptus with lavender. Also if you are epileptic, switch both the lemon eucalyptus and rosemary with the lavender and peppermint (30 drops of lavender, 20 drops of peppermint).
Lemon eucalyptus, although not as powerful as DEET, works very well at repelling ticks, as does the tea tree. Tea tree is great to guard against fleas and chiggers as well. The other oils work great for mosquitoes and black flies. Once you mix this solution up, pour into smaller containers to have on hand whenever you are outdoors. I keep one on my back deck area, and a small one in my purse for when we are out and about.
If you have already been bitten and are itching, try adding a few drops of lavender and peppermint in some sugar and apply it on the bite. I know that sounds crazy but it works. If you have aloe vera gel handy, you can add the same essential oils and apply it to the affected area.
Stay safe and stay natural!
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