Friday, April 9, 2010

hOme mAde Insect Repellents ▒░▐:▒░▐▒░▐:▒░▐

THE BASIC Homemade Recipe

20 drops Eucalyptus oil
20 drops Cedarwood oil
10 drops Tea Tree oil
10 drops Geranium oil
2 oz. carrier oil ( such as Jojoba )

Mix together in a 4 oz. container. Apply to skin as needed avoiding the eye area. Keep out of reach of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities . Experiment with different percentages of essential oil.

Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Transfer to small bottles for storage. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin (test first to be sure your skin will not be adversely affected by the repellent) or dab it on clothing.

Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your body chemistry. If you’re lucky, you also will like the way they smell; otherwise, add a few drops of peppermint oil to fine-tune the fragrance.

While it is important to minimize the risk of being bitten, many commercial products contain dangerous and toxic chemicals such as DEET. It can damage nerve and cause dangerous side effects. The same thing goes for your home garden.

5 MORE...Homemade Chemical Free Bug Repellents That Work

#1 Pepper Spray

This works great for ants and other small pests.

  • Boil 2 or 3 cups of water.
  • Add about ½ to 2/3 cup of chopped hot pepper. Let marinate for a few minutes.
  • Run the mixture thru a sieve to remove the peppers.
  • Put the liquid in a squirt bottle and use when necessary.
  • Be careful not to spray directly on foliage.

#2 Minty Soap Spray

This is great for ants.

  • Mix 2 tbsp of Dr. Bonners mint soap with a gallon of water.
  • Spray directly on ants.

This will also work to ward off other pests on foliage however be care when you spray it directly on your plants. It has been known to burn some plants if too much is applied.

#3 Pure Vanilla Extract

Dab a little on you wrists, neck and behind the ears. Many insects don’t like the smell.

#4 Chem-Free Bug Off Mist

  • Mix witch hazel with a few drops of tea tree oil, lavender oil, or peppermint oil in a squirt bottle.
  • Lightly mist your body.

You can also add one of these essential oils to an unscented organic lotion for a bug repelling moisturizer.

#5 Lavender Works Mosquito Miracles

Stop the bites!

  • Rub a lavender flower behind your ears, wrists and neck.
  • Not only will you smell great but mosquitoes will leave you alone.


BeverlyBond the disc jock! said...

wow, i looked at my cabinet after this post and saw DEET in my to go get some essential oils fam!

IV the Polymath said...

yo excellent post. Dr. Bonners is the truth!

Reed said...

Good read. Do you all know of DEET free brands that I can buy. Or is it best to just make it from scratch. I heard wintergreen is a good bug controller too. 1 love!

Cam said...

how bad would it injure somebody if you sprayed this stuff in somebody's eyes? cause then you could make your own home made pepper spray to protect yourself. Y'all should have manufacture some stuff and have an organic self-protection product. Sell it at whole foods.