Originally spotted on Unplugged Sunday: a recipe for a natural bug repelling defense. Remodelista editor Alexa decided to give it a try, with the hope to thwart mosquitos and other summer insects with “a force of rosemary, catnip, lavendar, and lemon.” See below for the recipe; to read the entire post, go to DIY: Bug Repellent Balm on Gardenista.
To make the bug repellent, you will need:
- 1 cup dried calendula flowers
- 1 cup fresh rosemary
- 1 cup dried catnip
- A mix of olive and coconut oil (about 2 cups total)
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- Lavender and lemon essential oils (about 10 drops each)
- Double boiler/ sauce pan and bowl
- Liquid measuring cup and glass jar
- 4-5 lidded jars
Gather your fresh and dried herbs: calendula flowers for skin soothing, rosemary for bug repelling, and catnip as an anti-mosquito solution.
Above: Equipment needed to bring the salve together. To start: Set up your double boiler and bring water to a boil.
Above: Add the rosemary, calendula, and catnip to the top bowl and cover with enough olive and coconut oil to completely submerge the herbs. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 30 minutes to slowly heat up the oil.
Above: The final result: lemon-yellow salve to ward off insects on your next outdoor hike.
We’d like to know: Do you have any natural ways to ward off bugs during the warmer months?
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