Warmer weather always brings one thing we can count on: bugs. In our neck of the woods: ticks. Spring and Summer find us spending much more time outdoors; keeping the ticks at bay & the mosquitoes far away, is my goal. I love time outdoors, but one thing that will drive me right back indoors, are the mosquitoes!
Commercial bug repellents are not an option–so I made up a batch of homemade! This is easy to make and works great! The boys spend days and days in Spring & early Summer, up in the deep, deep woods getting our firewood. Tick haven. They’ve never gotten a tick bite. This stuff works. Ready to make up a batch?
Homemade Bug-Tick Repellent Spray
2-4 oz. unused sprayer bottle & small funnel
lemongrass essential oil
geranium essential oil
citronella essential oil
(cedar wood and lavender are optional–but a nice addition)
I just put a small funnel in the bottle and fill with witch hazel, leaving one inch head-space. I then add in equal amounts (about 25 drops of Citronella, Geranium and Lemongrass Essential Oils) and if I have cedar wood and/or lavender essential oils I’ll put in about 5-10 drops of each, I’ll drop in up to 10 drops of each or so. Remove funnel, replace sprayer cap, shake up and it is ready to use! I would recommend trying on a small patch of skin first, in case of any allergic reactions and, it goes without saying, (or –well…maybe not, these days) do not spray near your eyes.
You can find sprayer bottles & witch hazel at any drug store–but I love my black glass sprayer bottle (super sturdy–it goes in the wood truck with the boys–it not only protects the oils inside, it has to be tough on the outside too!) from Infinity Jars and I get my essential oils from doTERRA.
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