Holistic Bug Repellent
It happens every summer as the sun begins to set. You are having a great time outdoors and bam! You are slapping your arm or leg to rid of the dreaded Skeeter from having you for dinner.
As a mother I am always worried about what I am spraying on myself and my children. Finding as many natural solutions is a priority for me. I want to minimize as much poison as possible. Here are some things that I do every year!
My goal is to create a safe environment for children and animals. Having plants that act as repelents is my first step to the war on summer pests. I also love the idea of sustainability. You will see that my plants have more than one purpose and all are edible! These plants are easy to care for and easy to find in you local nursery. They all smell amazing and make for great decor on your patio or deck!
1. Lavender - This is one of my favorite plants of all time. It is beautiful to look at, has a sweet smell and is relaxing. But Mosquitos, Flys, Moths and other unwanted bugs hate it!
2. Rosemary - I love to cook with this, so growing it is a must! When the bugs get bad outside, throwing a sprig or two on the grill or in your fire will send those annoying pesks packing!
3. Basil - Who doesn't love a good pesto or caprese? Basil is toxic to Mosqiuto larve, so put this near an area of standing water.
4. Catnip - Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET Plus my cats love it!
5. Lemongrass - Great for cooking and closely related to Citronella, Bugs hate this one too!
I really worry about my kids sensitive skin and what spraying poison on them could do long term. I found a great mix that works for my family and is safe for them to get on their skin and inhale. The best part about it is, you can make this in your own home.
In a 2 ounce bottle or jar add in 1 1/2 Tbsp of distilled water, 1 tsp of carrier oil, 1 tsp of vodka or witch hazel, and 15-25 drops of essential oils. Shake well before spraying on your skin. You can find an essential oils blend online or mix your own. Here are the oils I use in mine.
Remember, bugs are most annoying as the sun is setting so be prepared. Spray yourself and your kids down before the bugs come out. If you're enjoying a bonfire and want to keep the bugs away. Add a sage bundle along with some rosemary to smoke them out.
I hope you find these tips useful and can enjoy the rest of your summer knowing you can protect yourself in a more holistic way!