Between fun days at the beach, evening barbecues with the family, and nighttime camping trips with friends, is there any wonder why we look forward to this season all year long?
But there’s something about summer that we definitely don’t look forward to — bugs. Mosquitoes and other insects thrive during the warm summer months. They’re not just annoying, though. They’re also capable of spreading infections and other dangerous diseases. If you really want to enjoy your summer, you’ve got to figure out a way to win the battle over bugs.
Luckily, the right blend of essential oils can be your best weapon!
Most people assume that you’ve got to slather yourself with stinky, chemical-laden sprays to truly fight off bugs. However, I’ve come up with a special bug repellent recipe that smells as great as it works. Best of all, when you make some of this special blend at home, you can rest easy knowing that everyone will be protected, without relying on toxic ingredients.
Here’s your DIY recipe:
- 1 oz plastic spray bottle (travel size empty bottle, can be found at any supermarket)
- distilled water
- 1 teaspoon vodka
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 5 drops Lemongrass
- 3 drops Cedarwood
- 5 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Peppermint
Pour the vodka, and vinegar into your spray bottle. Then, add the essential oils, and give the bottle a good shake. Once everything’s thoroughly mixed, fill the remaining empty space in the bottle with distilled water.
That’s it! No chemicals — and no DEET — needed!
Be sure to shake the bottle well before spraying this blend onto your skin. Because this recipe is all-natural and chemical-free, it’s safe to use all over. (However, if you want to use it on your face, spray some onto your fingertips first, and rub it in gently.) It’s also perfectly safe for your young kids and even your dog!
Want to take the bug fighting a step further?
Pick your favorite essential oil from the list above, and use it in your burner or diffuser. The sweet calming scents of Lemongrass and Lavender can help you wind down after a busy day in the sun, while the earthy scent of Cedarwood will help you curl up and get comfortable after a big summertime cookout. No matter which one you choose, the bugs will run screaming while you enjoy a room that smells great!
Want to bid bon voyage to bugs all summer long? You can get all of the bug-fighting essential oils you need at Aromandina!
© 2016, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.