As much as I love being outdoors, I hate getting bug bites!
There are lots of commercial bug repellents out there, but most of them contain chemicals I don’t want to put on my body or my children’s bodies. Instead, I use essential oils to get bugs to buzz off.
Try my buzz-off balm recipe:
Warm 1/3 – 1/4 cup of coconut oil and pour into a small, closeable container. (I love to repurpose containers I have from other products, like the tins from Bach Flower Remedy lozenges.)
Add 10 drops of each of the following essential oils: citronella, lavender and peppermint.
Mix slightly and allow to cool and solidify. In warmer weather, you may want to keep this in the fridge or a cool, dry place to keep it from liquifying.
Take a little of the balm and run between the palms of your hands and then over exposed skin before heading outside.
Note: sometimes essential oils (particularly citrus oils) can make the skin photosensitive or more likely to burn. Be sure to use a non-toxic sunblock in addition to this bug repellant.
Listen to my Green Divas Radio Show podcast segment to learn more about how to get those bugs to buzz off without all the nasty toxins.
By Green Diva Kate Bartolotta.