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Yesterday the weather was awesome. This came as a special treat because here in mid-Michigan we have been bombarded with rainy days. As I looked outside at my neglected yard, I decided to do some cleaning up. Nearly 20 minutes after being outdoors, I received half as many mosquito bites (yes, the rain makes the flowers grow, but the damp conditions make marvelous mosquito breeding grounds).
I ran inside to get the commercial bug spray that I saw in one of the bathrooms and then stopped in my tracks… I remember seeing somewhere on-line about making bug spray with essential oils. I immediately went to my computer and started searching for a more natural option to deter these little critters. I have recently become quite concerned about the amount of toxic chemicals I use on my body on a daily basis. My concern about making the healthiest of choices comes from my family history of auto-immune disorders. My mother has lupus. My grandmother had RA and my sister has something that mimics MS (I am not sure of the diagnosis). As one of my rockstar holistic health coach mentors always reminds us, “Genes load the gun. Environment pulls the trigger”. This statement has ruled my life lately. So I searched for an alternative solution.
After doing some research, here is what I found: These oils may be helpful in deterring mosquitoes: citronella, lemon eucalyptus, plain o’l eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass,and lavender.
My research helped me to understand that it is not necessary to have ALL of these oils in one concoction, but instead choose a few and see how they work. The readings that I did, however, suggested that eucalyptus and citronella are the most effective. Sadly, I did not have either of these on hand, but here are the oils I combined…
I used roughly 15 – 20 drops of each oil (less lavender because I did not want to attract bees or wasps. I just assumed that it would – it coming from a flower and all…). Next, I did the following:
I filled a 2.5 ounce spray bottle with 1/3 vodka (you can also use witch hazel, but I did not have any on hand) and 2/3 water. I made sure to leave a little space at the top of the bottle so that I could shake up the ingredients.
I should have used a dark bottle to protect the integrity of the oils, but again, this is what I had on hand… and there was yard work to be done!
The Results: I didn’t get any more bites!!! I had a few buggers that swarmed, but no more bites! I worked outside about an hour longer until another task beckoned me. But not more bites!! This stuff worked for me! Here are a few things that I would do differently. I would get a bigger bottle, add one of the eucalyptus varieties and maybe played with amounts/measurements to be more exact. I will keep working on it.
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Remember, I am not a doctor… or anything close. I cannot treat, diagnose or even recommend stuff. I am just a wellness and health coach/mentor/advocate that loves to help people and share holistic information. So here’s to sharing! Peace.