Keep it clean! On your skin that is…
Aahhh, summer is almost here! We are just about at the point of welcoming summer in officially when the solstice occurs on Saturday June 21. Long before the bell officially rings though we are outside enjoying the flowers, green grass and yeah, the bugs. Can you remember the bug spray that your parents would spray on you when you were a kid?? Man oh man, it smelt WAY to strong and to this day I cringe when I smell that very strong, yet very familiar scent. If you like me are sensitive to smells (i.e. you like good smells!) then I have some very awesome, oil-based recipes that you can use as an all-natural bug repellant this summer.
I recently attended a workshop put on by Silk Road Tea Company where they went into the basics of how to make an all natural, oil based bug repellant. Below I will share some of those findings as well as a mix of personal experience when blending essential oils to make some great summer concoctions.
When making a bug repellant you want to make sure you are avoiding any scents that bugs and insects find attractive in nature such as citrus smells like lemon, bergamot, lime, orange and grapefruit, etc; as well as very sweet scents like rose, jasmine, chamomile and ylang-ylang to name a few.
Some good bug repellant oils are cedarwood, fir, patchouli and sandalwood.
When creating your bug repellant start with a base note, then a middle note and finally a top note. Mix a maximum of three scents but you can have one or two scents as well, there are no rules!
When it comes to volume you want to keep in mind how much carrier oil* vs. essential oil to put in the mix. See below for a guide taken from Silk Road Tea:
*Carrier oil can be oil, bath salts, shampoo or conditioner. Oil carriers vary greatly and can include olive, grapeseed, hazelnut, hempseed and avocado oil to name a few.
|Volume||10% Blend*||20% Blend||30% Blend|
|10ml bottle||20 drops||40 drops||60 drops|
*A good mixture for elderly and children could go up to 20% depending on oils used.
Bugs Be Gone Repellant
- Have a sanitized 10ml glass bottle for mixing.
- Fill bottle up halfway with a carrier oil of your choosing.
- Add 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil into your bottle.
- Add 5 drops of patchouli essential oil into your bottle.
- Add 5 drops of geranium* essential oil into your bottle.
- Carefully add more carrier oil to mixture until oils are blended.
- Roll on your wrists and keep the bugs away all while smelling fantastic with no harsh chemicals being absorbed into your body!
*Geranium is exempt from the florals list as it is a natural insect repellant.
Happy mixing and let me know what combinations of oils you end up using this summer!
Yours in good health,