Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bugs, Bugs Go AWAY

Are you tired of the bites, itchiness and all that scratching? Here are some helpful oils and recipe guide you can use to make your own insect repellents.

Basic spray: In a spray bottle, use water, alcohol, witch hazel, or a light oil such as grapeseed oil. Use in any combination you like.
Mix about 2 to 3 and up to 5 drops of essential oil per 2 oz. of base spray. Unless you know a lot about blending fragrance, it is best to keep it simple.

Catnip Oil–mosquitoes
Cedarwood Oil–lice, moths
Cinnamon Oil–ants
Citronella Oil–mosquitoes
Clove Oil–mosquitoes
Eucalyptus Oil–mosquitoes
Geranium Oil–flies, mosquitoes
Lavender Oil–mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies
Lemongrass Oil–mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies
Peppermint Oil–lice, spiders, ants
Rosemary Oil–fleas, ticks
Tea Tree Oil–mosquitoes, lice, ants

Treat your essential oil insect repellent as you would any commercial product, keep it away from children and supervise use. If you are pregnant, nursing or using on small children, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the oils you want to use to make a good, informed decision.

Alternatively, you could put a few drops of oil in an essential oil diffuser, which, if the scent is pleasant to you, could be a good option for long lasting effectiveness.

This year I have made and use a water based spray of Lavender, Citronella and Peppermint. Shake mixtures before every use.

These are just suggestions use at your own risk. Make sure you do research for allergies or pregnancy.

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