If you keep up with the news at all then you’ve likely been made aware of the nasty Zika virus spread by the annoying mosquito. This is not the only illness which can be passed on via mosquito bite as we all know. Though this blog is not for the purpose of making us aware of all the horrible things we could catch from the pests of the world. There’s so many illnesses, viruses and diseases out there which could affect us, it’s silly to freak out about one. Or any. Unless it’s the apocalypse, and we’re talking about a full-on zombie breakout. Then you can freak out, and only then. But it’s not, so we’re good. Let’s not dwell on what could go wrong, instead, let’s talk about an awesomely healthy (and wonderfully smelling) way of keeping these blood-sucking bugs at bay.
1-The Essential Oil Pest Spritz
Choose one, or some, of the effective essential oils: Citronella, Lemongrass, Clove, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Catnip, Cedar, Lavender, Mint.
You will need: Natural Witch hazel, Distilled or boiled water, spray bottle (8 ounce is good), and vegetable glycerin (optional).
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How to make it: Fill half of the spray bottle with the distilled or boiled water. Add the witch hazel filling the bottle almost to the top. (50% water 40-45% witch hazel) Add half a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (if you’re using it.) Now the fun part. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils, mixing it to your desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. Wellness Mama website suggests a mixture of Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus.
Our tried and tested recommendation is one part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts witch hazel. Healthline says “Used since the 1940s, lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural repellents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved eucalyptus oil as an effective mosquito repellent. A recent study showed that a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil gave more than 95 percent protection against mosquitoes for three hours.”
2-The Almighty Herb Body Guard
Another way of making an effective bug spray for the skin is by using dried or fresh herbs in place of essential oils.
The effective herbs: Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavender, Catnip, Rosemary, etc. (Basically the same as the essential oils.) Spearmint, Peppermint. (It’s recommended to use at least one herb from the mint family.)
You will need: Distilled water, witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, some dried cloves and a spray bottle.
How to make it: Gather your preferred herbs from the list above, you will need 4 tablespoons in total. Bring one cup of water to boiling point and add the 4 tablespoons of herbs. (Throwing in a few dried cloves gives it a nice touch, but it’s optional.) The best mix is one tablespoon each of peppermint, spearmint, catnip and lavender.
Mix well, cover and let cool. Note that covering is important to retain the necessary oils. Strain the herbs out and mix the remaining water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Wait until completely cooled to transfer water into your spray bottle. Best stored in the fridge and use when needed.
The Power of Herbs
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