It’s that time of year…when you go outside and seriously consider coming BACK IN because you’re become a buffet for every bug in a 5 mile radius. I hate having bug bites…and I hate going outside when there are bugs running rampant all over my body. BUT, there are times when you do want to be outside – you want to hike – you want to camp…and bugs obviously live out there. It has something to do with their natural habitat and all that mess.
Some of you have asked me what I use – and I’ll tell you. Nothing. Ha! I thought that I would make plans to make a repellant this year, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. However, lots of my blogging friends have! I’ll share some of their recipes with you below.
We always use citronella candles when we camp. For the most part, they work well…and I just like having the candles lit while camping – it’s very…camp-like.
We have also used the water in a plastic bag method and that seems to work well for flies, but that’s about it.
In most of these recipes you’ll see essential oils being used. I always get asked where I buy my oils, so I’ll just go ahead and answer that – Vitacost is where I buy all my oils because I can get them cheaper there than anywhere I can locally. And cheap is how I roll. Amen.
My rockin’ awesome blogging friend, Andrea, from Frugally Sustainable has a GREAT insect repellent recipe. It seems very easy and she gives a great description. It only calls for witch hazel, grape seed oil, and essential oils. Easy as pie! You can find all of those easily on Vitacost. I like Andrea’s natural recipes because they’re so easy to follow and she makes them really easy to understand!
To find a spraying bottle, you can search online or do what I do…keep those types of bottles once you empty them from something else – or you can buy a small $.99 travel sized hair spray and use that little bottle.
Gaps of Light has a another option for homemade insect repellent. I like her “safe and economical recipe.” Because if I’m anything, I’m
cheap economical. This particular recipe uses coconut oil instead of grape-seed oil. Since coconut oil is solid (unless it’s very warm in your home), this recipe can be used as a semi-solid and rubbed on instead of sprayed on. I like that option! The only other ingredients are essential oils.
Here is a FABULOUS post from Keeper of the Home about different options for insect repellent. She gives the dangers of using traditional chemical varieties and then gives some ideas of things you might consider as alternatives. This is a great post for you if you had no idea that DEET wasn’t good for you.
Caution and a Practical Look at Oil Buying
A word about essential oils. You have to be careful with them – just because they’re natural, doesn’t mean that you should rub them all over your body and add them to your coffee.
I’m learning more and more about oils and I enjoy having them around. I can use them for so many things. IF you plan on keeping oils around, then these recipes are worth buying the ingredients to have on hand. For example, the peppermint oil in the Gaps of Light recipe can be used for SO many things: headaches and nausea for example. So, I don’t mind buying a bottle of peppermint oil to make this recipe because I know I’ll use the whole bottle.
IF you have no plans to use oils of this type, then it would be cheaper for you to buy a repellent…because your oils would just sit around. Vitacost has lots of natural options for insect repellent and so does Amazon.
So, go forth and slay those bugs! *Shiver*
*This post is linked at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Quick Easy Cheap and Healthy, at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family, and at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable.