Homemade mosquito repellent
Summer is upon us! It’s time for cookouts, camping, evenings under the stars, outdoor celebrations, baseball games… and mosquitoes.
Go ahead. Grab that can or bottle of pesticide. But before you start spraying yourself and your kids, read the label. Many of the commercially made insect repellents contain harsh chemicals such as DEET, permethrin, P-mentane-3,8-diol, and metofluthrin.
These chemicals have been linked to problems such as cancer, skin and eye irritation, kidney lesions, central nervous system issues, and genetic damage.
Pretty frightening, right?
Why not make your own natural, safe, mosquito repellent? It’s easier than you think, and it smells wonderful. Try this simple recipe:
You will need:
- One 16 oz spray bottle (easy to find in most pharmacy chain stores or in a garden center)
- lavender essential oil (available in most health food stores or herb shops)
- vanilla extract
- lemon juice ( fresh squeezed or bottled is fine)
- distilled water
- Remove top of bottle.
Add to bottle the following:
- 15-16 drops of lavender essential oil
- 4 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- Add distilled water until bottle is full. Shake vigorously to mix well.
- Spray liberally on exposed skin. Repellent will not harm or stain clothing.
Make extra bottles to have on hand. Homemade natural mosquito repellent makes an excellent host or hostess gift for all those summer parties you’ll be attending.