I feel like maybe I went about my bug posts a little backwards. Yesterday I posted my recipe for a bug bite relief roll-on when I probably should have started with the bug bite prevention first. It would have made much more sense to tell you how I keep the bugs from biting in the first place than to start with the relief from the bites.
First I have to tell you how amazing this spray smells. I'm sure all of you have had experience with bug sprays at some point in your life. Did any of them ever smell good? All I remember is that crazy weird deep woods smell that was enough to keep even the people away. Not good at all. This smells so good that I would almost spray it around just because.
As for how it works....
We just spent a mosquito filled vacation with family. The day we went to the state park it had been raining all morning. When the rain finally quit and the sun started to shine, the bugs went insane! Anytime you got near water or a wooded area you could see them swarming.
I pulled out my homemade bug spray and let the family give it a really good test run. We sprayed everyone from the littles to the grandparents. The feedback I got was great. Wherever we had sprayed the bugs stayed away. On the other hand, we could tell where we didn't spray. A few die hard bugs made it onto those forgotten places (necks mostly), but even then it wasn't too bad.
I will not go anywhere outdoors without this ever again.
Bug Repellent Spray
An 8 oz. spray bottle
1/3 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup distilled water
20 drops Purification essential oil (where to buy oils)
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
1/2 tsp. vegetable glycerin (where to buy)
Add everything to the spray bottle. Screw on top and shake vigorously to mix.
Spray as needed remembering to shake before each use.
You can reapply this every few hours or as necessary.
Using essential oils in your home can be a healthy alternative to chemicals. We strongly recommend you use essential oils which are therapeutic grade such as Young Living Essential Oils. To learn more about how to get your own Young Living essential oils, click here.
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