Now that we are all getting outdoors more (hooray summertime!), most of us (some more than others!) are having to deal with pesky mosquitoes that love to try and ruin our outdoor fun. :-) I have to admit, here in this semi-arid desert state, we don’t have to deal with mosquitoes NEARLY as much as those of you in the midwest or back east. But ANY mosquito is an unwelcome mosquito!
I don’t know about you….but I will avoid spraying on mosquito repellent at all costs! I hate that stuff! I mean I will USE it if I HAVE to….but it’s just so unpleasant! Well not anymore! I made up a homemade version that Amy at Positively Splendid shared and found it VERY PLEASANT! :-)
What’s not to like about cooling witch hazel mixed with fragrant esssential oils!? And it’s SO easy to mix up at batch. I didn’t have some of the oils I needed in my stash…so I dropped by the local health food store and they had everything I needed. (If you don’t have the lavender and peppermint oil on hand, you can substitute 5 more drops of citronella and lemongrass…but I love the smell of having all 4 oils in the mix!)
In a spray bottle, mix and shake well to blend:
- 2 cups witch hazel
- 15 drops citronella essential oil
- 15 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Do not spray directly on faces. Instead, spray in your hands and then rub onto your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
The best protection against mosquito-borne illness is avoidance. If you can, remain indoors during their peak hours (dawn and dusk).
This spray is not waterproof/sweat-proof, so you will need to apply again hourly to ensure continued protection.
Also, it will not protect against ticks, I would recommend a store-bought product that contains DEET if tick exposure is likely.
My bottle of homemade bug spray at the ready on the back patio! Take THAT you little bloodsuckers! :-)
You can also repel mosquitos with these handy bracelets! Click here for a tutorial. :-)