One of my least favorite things about Summer is the Bugs!
When I get bit (which seems to happen more often to me than most of the other people around me) I swell up! Within five minutes of getting bit, I develop a welt, usually at least the size of a dime! Luckily the welt goes down within 12 hours or so, and then it is just a normal bug bite.
Because of how much I get bitten AND swell up, I go through a lot of bug spray. The smell of bug spray is not the best thing around, and it is filled with all sorts of chemicals. There are lots of natural bug repellents – and many herbs help keep bugs away! Lavender, Citronella, Citrus are just a few of the natural scents which help keep bugs away.
Since we got married outside, on a farm, I knew I wanted lots of bug spray to keep everyone bug-free at our wedding. I also didn’t want our whole wedding to smell like bug spray though! Making your own Bug Spray is SO easy and you can control exactly what goes onto your families’ bodies (perfect for babies and children).
- Spray Bottles
- Witch Hazel
- Essential Oils (citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus and lavender OR buy a pre-made Bug Off Oil Mix
Combine 2 cups witch hazel with about 40-50 drops essential oil and pour into your spray bottles. Mix Well (shake) before using. Test clothing before spraying all over everything – but this should be safe for all people and skins!
*NOTE… after much testing and re-making this, I have come to the conclusion that I liked about 20 drops of the Bug Off Mix & then about 20 drops of Lavender (or about 10 of lavender and 10 of lemongrass)
And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What things are you allergic to?