When Riley and I moved to Lawrence after living in western Kansas, we were thrilled to see so many trees and and so much water. If you haven’t been to western Kansas, believe me, it’s hard to find either.
What I realized was that with trees and water comes lots and lots of mosquitoes and I’m a mosquito magnet!
It’s crazy how much mosquitoes love me. Last year we moved into a new place and I started a fall garden. It was my very own first garden here in Lawrence and in general. For some reason, unknown to me, the mosquitoes are horrific in the fall in Lawrence. I’d be pulling beets out of the ground and slapping myself all the the same time.
It was so bad that I had to call my hubby to the rescue and he finished up pulling and picking all my fall veggies. And for some weird reason Riley gets bit twice as less than I do.
We looked up on YouTube once why mosquitoes tend to like one person over another and according to all the reasons, Riley should be more attractive to the little things than I but In real life, I am. Mayyyyybe It’s just I’m more sensitive to their bite…boo…
Well, either way. I had to find a way to escape their bite.
In the past I would have scrabbled for any commercial product I could find usually containing DEET. I’ve really turned a leaf on the subject of harsh chemicals. My friends and I were discussing how America is a “privileged disease” country. It seems simple to reason out the correlation between certain diseases and developed countries has to be related to our “privileged” practices and products. Well if that’s not an obvious reason for you, maybe consider this article just on DEET alone.
My skin and body are very valuable to me. Its one with my spirit and I want to treat it with the most respect I can. So, I was glad to hear that essential oils from plants have natural bug repelling qualities.
While I am not a stockpiler of essential oils, I invest in them when I think they are extremely valuable. This is the time!
I made this mosquito repellent when I went to Colorado for a family reunion and used it all weekend and managed to escape the tiny critters! Also, many other people in the family chose it over regular DEET products and found success.
…and it just smells wonderful!
I warn you though!
It’s probably best you test it on your skin in a small area first. Peoples bodies have their different chemistry and you never know how you will react verses your friend.
Beware that the oil may stain your clothes. Apply while naakeyy (I shouldn’t have to say it…in private.)
Natural Mosquito Repellent
6 tbs. witch hazel or vodka
6 tbs. jojoba or almond oil
1 1/2 tsp. vodka as a preservative if you are using witch hazel
165 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
45 drops lavender essential oil
45 drops cedarwood essential oil – can be substituted with other bug repelling oils
45 drops tea tree essential oil – can be substituted with other bug repelling oils
Add carrier liquid to a small glass spray bottle (3-4 oz is the size I use).
Add essential oils.
Shake well before every use.
Reapply ever few hours for maximum effectiveness.
Other bug-repelling essential oils.
- rose geranium