Summer is around the corner, bringing with it sun, fun, heat, humidity and a plague worthy amount of flesh-eating mosquitoes. This year there is even more concern about mosquitos and the Zika virus and warnings to protect ourselves with bug repellant.
Traditional wisdom was to protect yourself with a bug repellant that contains DEET. But the negative side effects are alarming. Short of wearing a suit of armor, what’s a girl who wants to keep it natural to do? So I looked into how I could use essential oils as an alternative.
Using some inspiration I found online and the ingredients I had on hand, I mixed up a small batch and conducted an experiment – in the form of an outdoor movie night with some friends. (I can ALWAYS find a reason for a party!)
One of our friends is a mosquito magnet. To the point where she has served as my natural mosquito repellant – If I sit next to her…they flock to her and leave me alone. She was the perfect test subject. I also had my other friends try the concoction.
The results? Amazing. First, everyone who used it commented on how good it smelled. But most importantly, the three of us that used the natural spray had ZERO bites. Even my friend who is irresistible to mosquitos. (And it wasn’t because there weren’t any mosquitos. The bites that showed up on the ones who chose not to use it was proof.)
Here is the recipe for the natural bug repellant.
DIY Natural Bug Repellant Recipe
· 1 tablespoon witch hazel
· 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
· 10 drops lavender essential oil
· 10 drops rosemary essential oil
· 10 drops tea tree oil
· 10 drops geranium essential oil
· 10 drops bergamot essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a small glass spray bottle (with dark glass). You can get these online or at your local health food store.
Label the bottle so you don’t forget what it is. Shake well before using.
To apply, spray all over exposed skin. (For the face, lightly spray your hands and then dab onto your face.) And enjoy the great outdoors!
Important Information About Essential Oils
Make sure you purchase oils from a reputable source. I get mine from Melaleuca because they are excellent quality…and I am a Melaleuca “member”. But there are other sources out there. Just do your homework.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent. Before using be sure to check the specific safety data about each oil you use. An excellent resource can be found on the web site for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.
Keep them out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets.
Essential oils are intended for external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.
Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.
Exposure to essential oils generally should be avoided during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Be sure to consult a qualified health care practitioner before using essential oils during pregnancy.
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