Luckily, I live in Seattle where there are less of these dang blood-suckers than in most states.
But, a few nights ago, I went to our P-Patch garden in the evening to do some watering and forgot to wear bug spray.
The next day, I had big welts on my legs. ARRGGHH! Dang mosquitos! And stupid me for not wearing bug spray!
Don’t be like me. Make your own handy-dandy, homemade bug spray and use it.
It’s easy to make, isn’t hazardous to your health like DEET, and is pretty cheap to boot.
HOMEMADE BUG REPELLENT
- a spray mist bottle (4 oz or 8 oz)
- witch hazel
- 2 tsp. glycerin
- distilled water
- lemongrass essential oil
- eucalyptus essential oil
- lavender essential oil
- Fill the bottle half-way with distilled water.
- Add enough witch hazel to almost reach the top.
- Add glycerin.
- Add your own combination of essential oils. For 8 oz. bottles, 35-50 drops is a good. For 4 oz. bottles, use just 25 drops. For example, for my 8 oz. bottle, I used 20 drops of lemongrass, 15 drops of eucalyptus, and 15 drops of lavender.
- Screw on the bottle sprayer cap and shake well.
- Spray on your arms and legs prior to going out to mosquito land.
By the way, if you live in Seattle, a great and affordable place to find all the ingredients, including the spray bottle, is Zenith Supplies in the Ravenna Neighborhood.
I tried this bug spray for a week at Yellowstone National Park last year. Lo and behold, it was one of my only outdoor vacations where I didn’t get mosquito bites. Hallelujah! Now, if only I can remember to use it at home.
Try it and let me know what you think of it!