Now that Spring is FINALLY here, I want to be prepared for the summer bug season. Missouri bugs are relentless and show no mercy. So I go all in when it comes to mosquito repellent. I have huge planters that I plant marigolds, lemongrass, catnip, and citronella. This year I plan to add lavender and rosemary to the mix too. I’ve used every repellent out there including candles, coils, tiki torches, every spray known to man, and even a handy gadget called THERMACELL, (which is pretty awesome I might add). But now that I have kids, I have to be really careful what I use. Not only because of their sensitive skin, but because it’s all toxic and full of chemicals. Even the brands marketed as “all natural” and “organic” contain chemicals. Look it up! So making a DIY bug spray with my oils was a no brainer. I wanted to follow up with last week’s blog post, so I thought I’d share a few different recipes for bug repellent sprays.
This is a recipe for tick repellent. Our family has a farm and LOTS of tall grasses and it seems the ticks come by the millions up there. Ticks are not only freak me out because they attach to you, they can make you VERY sick. If you find that a tick has latched into the skin, you can use a drop of Peppermint oil or Mel A (Tea Tree oil) on the tick to remove it. Be sure to get the entire tick out of the skin. ALWAYS keep an eye on tick bites after they have been removed. The site may become red or a little swollen, but if you experience prolonged redness, swelling, rash, fevers/chills, muscle weakness, fatigue, headaches, or swollen lymph nodes, seek medical attention immediately. Although the likelihood contacting Lyme disease is minimal, it still occurs and is very important to be caught early! And just in case you need bug bite relief………. My anti-itch stick recipe!
I hope these recipes help you and your family stay free and clear of mosquitoes and ticks this year! I know we will be using these lie they’re going out of style this year! Let me know if you have tried these and what you think!
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Until next time!!