All Natural Bug Repellent

I HATE BUGS, but they seem to love me more and more each year. I recently took a trip to see my family in Jamaica and although extremely excited, I was a bit worried about being eaten alive by mosquitos. About 2 years ago I discovered that I've become allergic to mosquito bites after going to see my doctor to investigate the golf size lump on my ankle. I thought it was a dissolvable cyst, something I've had in the past but to my surprise, I experienced an allergic reaction to the actual bite of a mosquito. I've tried every bug repellent on the market but they can be very strong in smell, irritating to my skin, and very much toxic. The main ingredient in most bug repellents is N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. It has also been linked to neurological problems in 20 different cases in children and adults, killing 2 thus far. (NO BUENO)

These statistics are more than enough for me to cringe and toss all of the store-bought repellents that don't work anyway, so I started experimenting before my trip to Jamaica and made the most inexpensive, highly effective natural bug spray that is basically foolproof. 

Guarantee you already have these ingredients in your home so here are a couple variations you can try depending on the ingredients you have at hand.


ESSENTIAL OIL BUG SPRAY

+ 30-40 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (reported by the CDC to be a good natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects but not recommended for use on children under 3 yrs.)
+ 15 drops Cedarwood essential oil
+ 15 drops Lavender essential oil (if using, choose Lavandula angustifolia – “Lavender (40-42) essential oil” does not have the same insecticidal qualities)
+ 15-20 drops Rosemary essential oil

Directions:
Add carrier liquids to a small spray bottle (3 or 4 oz. works well so there is room for shaking). Add essential oils. Shake well before each use. Natural bug repellent will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.

 

VINEGAR BUG REPELLENT

+ 1 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
+ 2 TBSP each of Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme + Mint essential oils. Shake well and reapply every 2 hours or as needed

DISCLAIMER: This shit is very strong due to it's antiviral and antibacterial properties so spray a few inches away. It also smells bad when initially applied but will subside once its dry.

+ Try it out, comment below and let me know what you think.

All My Love,
   Shani