Summer is a time to get outside and enjoy the garden, go to the park, camping, or the beach. We may even choose to put on a swim suit, shorts, or maybe nothing at all (if you’re a practicing nudist) to enjoy the summer warmth and sun.
Poisons or chemicals that you would not ordinarily consume, doesn’t make since to apply them to your skin either. Many bug repellents have such non-eatable chemicals.
They may work at repelling bugs, but your skin is absorbing the repellent as well, and your liver is working hard to metabolize the toxins once they pass the epidermis and enter your blood stream.
The question arises, are there natural bug repellents that can work as well as chemical-induced repellents? Yes there is. Let’s examine a few ways you can keep obnoxious insects from invading your home and your body this summer.
Natural Bug Repellents and How to Make Them
Herbal extracts such as rosemary, citronella, wormwood and pennyroyal are all natural treatments to repel fleas as well.
Marigolds, an annual flower are great at repelling mosquitoes. Plant them in around your garden and the areas were you sit, like the deck or patio.
Clove oil is effective against mosquitoes, but use sparingly as it may irritate the skin. Citronella (rose geranium), eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and cedar oil are some of the most common insect repellents.
Citronella can be diluted in oil, such as almond oil, and can be rubbed on the skin to keep almost any flying insects away. Eating herbs like basil, and mint on a regular basis will repel flies. Your skin will ooze the odor of the herbs which the flies do not like. Tansy as well as the smell of pennyroyal oil will keep flies away.
You can also use coconut oil to dilute the citronella, and hit two birds with one stone as they say:
- Repel the insects
- Retain the Moister of Your Skin and Make it More Youthful
All bugs and insects do not like the odor of cloves, it might be for the the oil it contains, which is eugenol oil, also found in cinnamon, basil, and bay leaves.
Any of the natural herbal extracts noted in this article can be used in the following fashion.
Using a spray bottle, add an organic liquid detergent mixed with white wine vinegar and the plant extracts, like eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree oil, and any of the others noted above, and apply to skin.
Try some of these homemade natural bug repellents to repel bugs and insects before purchasing the extremely harmful products that contain poisonous chemicals that can only harm your health and the environment.
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