Beat the Bite: DIY Insect Repellent

Posted by Ellen on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:00 AM

They’re here! Yes, those pesky mosquitos have touched down for some summer fun (so they see it). But let’s not forget about their nippy friends flies and ticks, because they’re in town too.

So you know what’s next; biting, itching, burning, scratching. However, we’ve got a pretty surefire way to beat the inevitable bite -- and without relying on harsh insect repellents, which by the way can do some damage to your skin. The all-natural insect repellent answer? Essential oils.

Seriously, these oils deter mosquitoes, flies, and ticks all the while promoting optimal skin health.

When it comes to concocting an essential oil Do It Yourself Insect Repellent the main thing you need to remember is a little oil goes a long way , and also that you should never mix oils with water.

So with that in mind, just follow our recipe below being sure to include the essential oil that pertains to the insect you’re looking to avoid.

A Repelling Recipe

What you’ll need:
Essential Oil of choice
Carrier oil of choice ( jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), if you’d like a cream-based repellent
Witch hazel, if you’d like a spray repellent

In a small bowl, place  2 tablespoons of carrier oil or witch hazel.
Add 10-25 drops of  essential oil. No more than 25 drops, as the repellent is meant to be 5-10% essential oil.
Stir, let sit for 3 minutes, and apply a test patch to your inner arm.

If redness occurs, discard the batch. If you react well to the mixture, you’re good to go.

When applying, be careful to avoid all sensitive areas. You’ll need to re-apply the repellent about every hour and definitely after swimming and exercise.

The Essentials
 




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