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Bug Spray freaks me out.
I once had a summer job at a forest preserve. Lots of manual labor and dirt. I’ve never felt so rugged. My co-workers were my brother and his two best friends. One day, I’m not sure why, our boss lined us up and sprayed us down with bug spray. (I was perfectly capable of doing this myself, thank you.) But the gal was a little trigger happy, and concentrated on my face. My lips went numb. My mouth felt disgusting.
Yes, bug spray freaks me out. I certainly didn’t want to put it on my kids. But this is Texas. I don’t want a giant mosquito making off with my baby either! I knew I’d have to add an all-natural bug spray to my arsenal.
All-natural bug sprays allow a lot of room for creativity. The basic elements are:
- Distilled or boiled water (1/2 of your container)
- Witch Hazel (1/2 of your container)
- 50 ish drops of bug repelling Essential Oil
There are a bunch of essential oils you can use. The more variety, the better. But if you’re already making lots of green products you probably have some of these essential oils lying around the house.
Lemongrass (probably most effect choice against mosquitoes)
(Citrus oils like orange may make you more susceptible to sunburn, so those were not included.)
I’ve tried a bunch of different concoctions and have found them all to work well (As long as I rub it in. Apparently my spray bottle doesn’t cover me very well.) This time I used cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender and lemongrass. I love that the ingredients in this bug spray are loaded with health benefits and I’m kinda in love with how good it smells!
Did you make your own bug spray? What did you use? How did it work? Leave a comment!