My dear friend Rachel, who lives in Florida where summer is well underway, asked me to write this post. Well, she asked me to send her a list of some natural insect repellents, and I thought it would make a good blog post. Since I’m pretty sure you don’t like bug bites either.
Essential oils that repel bugs
- Lemon Eucalyptus (actually verified by the CDC)
- Lemon Balm (You may have heard of citronella)
- Tea tree
- You can add the oils to castile soap while you make it. Then wash with that soap before and after going outside.
- You can add the essential oils to a carrier oil made from fruit or nuts, and rub it on your body. The carrier oil makes it spread better.
- You can add the oils to water to make a spray, but remember to shake before spraying.
- Do not use these oils on kids under the age of 3, pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Less is better. Start with just a couple of drops per ounce, and increase to find your level of tolerance. But don’t add more than 10-15 drops per ounce.
- Different oils work for different bugs, so a combination may be the best choice. Choose your oils and try them out, to see what works for you.
- Do a patch test before you rub it all over your body, to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction to the oils.
- Make sure to get real essential oils, not synthetic or scent oils.
- Remember that wearing perfume/deodorant might attract them to you.
- Keep cool, they’re attracted to body heat and expelled carbon monoxide.
- Wear covering clothes, especially in tick-infested areas. Long pants tucked into socks, and a long-sleeved shirt helps keep them off you. Cover as much of your skin as possible and choose a tightly woven fabric. The right clothes also help keep mosquitoes away from areas right in surface vessels, like your ankles, the back of your knees, and your wrists.
- Wear the right colours. Did you know that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours? Keep it light, it also helps keep you cool.
- Eating garlic also repels mosquitoes. Maybe because they’re like tiny vampires 🙂
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