With the warmer weather here, unfortunately that means the bugs are, too. This is an unfortunate side effect of the warmth, as far as I’m concerned. Pesky mosquitoes and other little critters are lurking all about already. Rumor has it that this is going to be a bad year for bugs. Seems like they say this every year. So, it is very important to try and protect yourself when you are encountering nature’s beauty.
So, what to do- besides stay inside and avoid the outdoors? Well, the obvious is bug spray- although, it seems like the ones that contain “DEEP” work better than their safer less-toxic versions. Because of the fear of toxic chemicals, a lot of people don’t feel great about putting these bug repellent sprays on their bodies or their kids’ bodies.
Another idea is to wear clothes and shoes that cover your skin. However, as it gets hotter out, this isn’t a very comfortable option. So, I have heard of home-made concoctions that repel bugs… what are some good ones? Let’s see…Here is an option I found after searching online, thanks to “wellnessmama.com”:
- Homemade bug spray made of: 1)Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavendar, Mint. 2) Natural Witch Hazel. 3) Distilled or boiled water. 4) Vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Homemade Bug Spray Instructions: 1) Fill spray bottle (8 ounces works well) ½ full with distilled or boiled water 2) Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top 3) Add ½ tsp vegetable glycerin if using 4) Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. According the “wellness mama”, her favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus. It works great and smells good, too, she says!
I’m sure there are other options out there, as well, but this surely seems like a good start. Anything that helps to avoid annoying bug bites that end up getting scratched and sometimes infected is a-okay in my book!
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