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Top tips for natural insect repellents

Hurrah, summer is here which is fantastic but that also means the little critters that can make our balmy warm evenings not so fun want to join us.

There are many products, creams and sprays that can be bought off the shelf to use on ourselves. Many of these products contain chemicals such as DEET which can cause skin irritation and if consumed can have wide variation of side effects from vomiting to hives on the skin.

As an aromatherapist I have been perfecting my own natural recipes over the years with just a few ingredients, including essential oils to help keep bugs at bay.

Bug repelling Essential oils:

Citronella  – Lavender – Peppermint – Cajiput – Rosemary – Eucalyptus – Thyme

Make your own insect repellent spray:

  • 1 dark glass bottle with spray head
  • 2 ounces of boiled or distilled water
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • Total of 50 – 75 drops of essential oil mix – choose any combination of the above.
  • 5 ounces of carrier oil – Avocado – Jojoba – Sweet almond

Keep smelling your mixture as you blend. If you find the aroma is too strong for your taste, adjust the amount of drops. You just want be sure to keep the total percentage of essential oils under 15% for safety.

Note: Don’t fill the bottle entirely you will need room to shake the mixture each time, which is necessary as the essential oils do not dissolve in the water and will therefore separate. outside eating banner

If you are dining alfresco, a simple oil burner with an egg cup full of water and up to 5 drops of essential oil will help discourage uninvited small insect diners to your table.

If you have been a victim of a mosquito bite, 3 drops or lavender oil in a tea spoon of carrier oil rubbed on the effected area will help alleviate the swelling and itchiness.

Essential oils must be used with care. I do not recommend using these essential oils on young children. Do not apply essential oils directly to the skin or swallow internally. If you would like a freshly made pre blended oil or spray, please contact us as we make them ourselves!

Charlotte Every – –

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