You may have heard me say I make all my own body products for my self and for others, for health, beauty and hygiene and care. One of the most fragrant things is my natural mosquito repellent. I make it mostly for the housemate John because he sits outside for hours and hours.
If I do have to work out there or I just must sit outside, doing so as comfortably as possible is the only way for me, and that includes no scratching and itching from crazy mosquitoes....I swear I haven't figured out their purpose in life yet!!
So in my quest to repel them but to smell good and to not hurt my skin or my blood by the skins ingesting of topical things, I make my own spray, not totally from scratch, but why if the basics are already readily available?
Again, I do not really measure anything and I use what I have and it can change. The point is, that it does the job. So roughly here is the general recipe for the spray:
1/4 cup Florida water
1/4 cup Witch Hazel in any of its scented varieties from the health food stores, I use Thayers.
Into this I add the following pure essential oil, NO synthetics EVER.
10 drops citronella essential oil
10 drops lemon or eucalyptus essential oil or both if you have them (I add whatever I have on hand)
10 drops patchouli ~ makes this smell crazy gorgeous!!
10 drops lavender to help in case you do get bit, you don't feel it as much
I shake well.......:
I mix these essential oils in the Florida Water and Witch Hazel because these both contain a small amount of alchohol and this blends the essential oils well and disperses them and keeps them mixed. Essential oils normally do not mix with water, they separate, but in alcohol they mix well and stay that way.
The ingredients are on the wooden board, do not mind the background, I don't have time for ''styling'' :D
I also add from my herb garden fresh cut tulsi/holy basil and fresh lemon grass and fresh rosemary into the bottle because these herbs also are natural repellents and because the alcohol extracts their properties and scents and make this blend a divine perfumed repellent.
Spray freely for prevention and you won't get bit.
Housemate says it works about 85%, but when I ask then how many times has he got bit, he says not at all.....so you figure the percentages . : roll
Enjoy! You will smell divine and not be bit by mosquitoes.
Have an itch free summer!
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