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How To: Naturally Keep Mosquitoes and Ticks Away

If you are heading outside for picnics, camping, hiking or biking, chances are you have seen a bug or two already. Most people say that covering up is the best option to avoid mosquito and tick bites. But since summer can be really hot, it’s not always realistic. We have provided you below one natural remedy to keep those insects naturally. Try this DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Mosquito and Tick Repellent.

There area variety of essential oils that can be used to make your own bug repellent, citronella being one of the most obvious, but it can be difficult to find. We wanted to make this recipe simple with ingredients that you can easily find. That being said, We have selected varieties of essential oils that are commonly found in health food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find them locally, one online herbal retailer we suggest is Mountain Rose Herbs.

In a clean, dry spray bottle, mix together the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8oz.) witch hazel
  • 25 drops of lemongrass essential oil (mosquito repellent)
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil (mosquito and flea repellent)
  • 15 drops of geranium essential oil (tick repellent) – optional if you don’t have ticks in your area

Shake well before each use. Spray the mix all over your exposed skin, avoiding your face. You can spray the mix into your hands and rub on your face, avoiding the eye area. These essential oils are very gentle, but you may want to do a test spritz on small children and those with sensitive skin before applying too liberally on them. If you are sweating or swimming, reapply about every 30 minutes or as needed. This stuff works wonders and it’s chemical free!

Enjoy the heat of the summer while outdoors without having to worry about getting bitten by mosquitoes or ticks. During the evening, tell everyone in the campsite, “Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

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