The more I educate myself about DEET and other chemicals, the more I’m convinced I have to be proactive about finding better alternatives. I try to treat my skin with the respect it deserves as it performs the difficult job of protecting my insides. By the same token, mosquitoes by night, ticks by day...the insects seem to work 24/7 in the summer!!
Before you get desperate and spray on commercial bug sprays (that may contain some nasty chemicals), take some time to consider the better alternative; a natural bug repellent that smells wonderful, is effective, and takes only minutes to whip up! Eau de Bayou
1 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TBSP each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint
At least quart size glass jar with airtight lid
Put the vinegar and dried herbs into large glass jar.
Seal tightly and store on counter or place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.
After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferably in fridge.
To use on skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.
Use whenever you need serious bug control!
Fair warning: this stuff stinks when it is wet, though the smell disappears as it dries!
Want natural repellent, but aren't sure about making it yourself? Lemongrass Spa has a product called Bug-A-Boo that works very well. At only $10, it's natural and affordable! You can pick up a bottle, or two, at Lemongrass Spa!
Product # D2200 Bug-A-Boo Insect Repellent 4 oz.
Keep the bugs away this summer with a natural alternative...Lemongrass Insect Repellent! Formulated with skin-softening aloe, Catnip essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil, Citronella and Cedarwood. Does not contain any DEET or chemically derived insecticides. Kid-safe and environmentally friendly.