I don’t know about you but I usually experience an onslaught of flying critters hanging around my house in late summer which starts now! It seems like mosquitos and other bloodsuckers seek me out just to drive me crazy. It’s so annoying.
I used to buy over-the-counter sprays which work extremely well but wasn’t pleased with the ingredients list. Some bug sprays contain chemicals that can damage your nervous system, such as DEET and I’d rather be bitten than use that.
If you’re like me and want the best for your body, try this recipe to keep your skin insect bite free.
½ cup of distilled water
- The best water for this recipe
½ cup of witch hazel astringent
- North American witch-hazel leaves and bark produce an astringent decoction used as a cooling agent in traditional and herbal medicine.
½ cup of basil leaves
- Either you like the distinct aroma of basil or you don’t but you can’t deny its ability to keep mosquitos away. Basil contains four of the mosquito-repellent volatiles which inhibit an insect’s target detecting abilities.
20-30 drops of eucalyptus EO
- Let me start by saying I LOVE eucalyptus essential oil, and so does my husband! It’s known to provide long-lasting protection against insects and can clear your sinuses better than most pharmaceuticals.
20 drops of lemongrass EO
- Lemongrass is also in citronella so, of course, it’s a great addition to any bug repellant.
5-10 drops of peppermint EO
- I love the smell of peppermint, especially on my skin. It’s known to repel most bugs and is a staple in indigenous medicine.
Here is the recipe:
- Place the water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat.
- Add the basil and the 1/2 cup of witch hazel. Let it sit for about four hours.
- Add in the EOs and lightly mix.
- Drain out the basil leaves and pour into a spray bottle.