Now that every bug is coming out with the warmth that’s setting in, I’m thinking more and more about my family’s walks in the parks and methods of making sure my little boy and husband don’t get bitten. Everyone knows ticks are nothing to joke about, especially considering the diseases they can bring with them, and the other bugs are dangerous too. Take my husband for example, he developed and allergy to every bug bite mentioned above. His bites get really swollen and itchy and he needs medication for them or else they get infected and get thing more complicated than needed.
So, in order to protect my family against these annoying bugs, I searched and searched for something more natural than the solutions I found in pharmacies, that I don’t doubt they work, but they are far from natural and probably they only repel just one kind of bugs, most likely mosquitoes. So I found this recipe for natural spray repellent against mosquitoes, flees, lice, ticks and bed bugs that I hope it will save our beautiful outings from any bite, made only with essential oils.
The essential oils against mosquitoes, flees, lice, ticks and bed bugs are: Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Cedar, Catnip, Peppermint, Basil, Rose Geranium, Cinnamon Oil, Thyme, Lemon, Orange, Pine.
But of course you don’t need to use them all. Whatever you can find is fine, but the most important ones are the first 3 in this list, so make sure you got these and add others to flavor your spray to your liking. Just try to make sure you get some oils that matter and you’re set to go. For example, here are some indications of what oils goes with what bug.
Mosquitoes – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas, Lice – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine,
Ticks, Bed bugs – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano, lavender
This is the recipe I use for my natural essential oils bug repellent:
Lavender oil: 15 drops
Tea tree oil: 10 drops
Eucalyptus oil: 10 drops
Lime oil: 6 drops
Distillate Water: 60 ml
White vinegar (or alcohol, even vodka works, I bet the flavored one gives it a nice spin :P): 60 ml
Caution: BIG quantities of essential oils can be harmful to pets or even humans, so use with caution and no more than a few drops. You can always add more oils to the mix but make sure you use just a few drops of everything, but don’t over do it and make sure you also add more water or alcohol if you add too many oils, so it doesn’t get too strong for your skin.
Attention: This spray does NOT kill these bugs, it prevents them to come close to you as they hate the smell. Shake it well before use.
If you forget to use the spray and get bitten, these are some ways to prevent itching or pain:
• Apply lavender or tea tree essential oil directly to the insect bite.
• Apply apple cider vinegar to the bite
• Rub the affected area with a lemon slice
• Dip a chilled already brewed chamomile tea bag to the bite to soothe or reduce inflammation.
• Hold an ice cube on the bite.
• Create a paste of water and baking soda and apply directly to the area
• A slice of onion has been known to immediately remove pain when applied to insect bites