DIY: Herbal Mosquito Repellents
Summer is here and with it the irresistible urge to bask in outdoor glory. We want to feel the warm earth on our feet and sun-rays on our shoulders. We go on camping trips, forest hikes, long bike rides, and enjoy berry picking, barbecues, picnics, and live music.
Until the buzzing begins…
Keep those pesky blood suckers away and enjoy your time outside with these two totally natural herbal mosquito repellent formulas. The first recipe is a flower water-based spray and the second recipe uses oil for a longer lasting solution. Both contain Catnip ingredients since the essential oil found in Catnip can actually be just as effective as commercial chemical repellents, without the nasty side effects from toxins like DEET. If you’ve got fresh Catnip growing in the garden, you can use a high alcohol tincture instead of the hydrosol. Pure grain alcohol (95%) will totally dehydrate the Catnip, extracting the oils in about a week. I’ve also included my Sunburn Spray formula, since it’s wonderful astringency can be used on bites to help stop itch and swelling.
Summer Repellent Spray
20 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
20 drops organic Lavender essential oil
10 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic Lemon essential oil
Slowly drip each essential oil into the hydrosol, counting with care as you go. Mix all ingredients in the bottle by shaking vigorously. Shake well before each use and reapply as often as needed.
Summer Repellent Oil
10 drops organic Catnip essential oil
10 drops organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops organic Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Slowly drip each essential oil into the oil, counting with care as you go. Mix all ingredients in the bottle by rolling the bottle between the palms of your hands. Shake as well as possible before each use and reapply as often as needed.
Sunburn Relief Spray
Not just for sunburns, this spray will also help ease the itchiness of bug bites. The antioxidant and astringent power of green tea paired with the burn-soothing abilities of cleavers makes this the perfect formula for sunburns too. The cooling nature of peppermint adds a comforting sensation.
2oz organic Green Tea, brewed
3 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
Pour all of the ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake well before each use and store in the cooler for an extra refreshing chill.
Have a happy bug-free summer!