Miraculously, I got by all summer with out a single mosquito bite. I must be bitter deep down, as we’ve always said they love sweet blood. Clearly they can’t sense my dark chocolate addiction come 9pm. Cut to October and after a rainy hot day sometime ago in September, a massive mosquito nest must of hatched right across the east side of Los Angeles. This past week I believe I have been bitten more times than in my entire life. These little tiny pests are hungry too; they keep coming back bite after bite.
I have diffusers blowing from every direction trying to keep them at bay, like a silent mosquito sign hanging in the wind pointing the opposite direction. No notice is taken and they slowly make there way into every room. So in order to protect myself, so that I am not itching and complaining for 15 minutes about my annoying bites, I douse myself in bug repellent! Not just any bug spray ofcourse, homemade bug spray. As you can imagine popular repellents on the market such as OFF, are made from highly toxic ingredients. I will not surrender to that bodily harm, plus the smell is so over powering you are not only deterring mosquitos, your family and friends are not going to want to sit anywhere near you. Kind of like those old school chemical infused moth balls, you put a sweater on and suddenly you smell like an old lady gone who’s not been let out of the closet for 10 years.
I am sure the rest of you on my side of town are also getting bit to pieces. So I share with you an easy to make DIY bug spray. For those of you living in cooler, actual fall climates you could always book mark this page as a future vacation reference.
Homemade Bug Repellent
I use a combination of witch hazel and water as my base. Always shake bottle prior to use so the oils combine. You could also make a skin oil using almond oil or jojoba oil and lightly lather up exposed skin ( make sure you test a small patch first as some of these oil can be irritating on sensitive skin, also dilute heavy) This is a natural remedy so you may have to apply more frequently.
3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Peppermint
3 drops Lemongrass
2 drops Arborvitae
2 drops Geranium *avoid if pregnant*
This is a recipe for a 30ml / 1 oz amber glass spray bottle
If you do not have all of these on hand you can combine your own using any of these ingredients.
I would do no more than 12 drops per 1 oz
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