Rosemary, lavender, peppermint, & coconut "Bug Off" Spray! Sounds like tropical decadence to me, but the bugs abhor all of these previously listed ingredients. Especially peppermint. Peppermint is the most amazing and invasive plant ever. You can cut it and put it in a vase and it will keep on growing! It has been keeping the ants and bugs away in our home since early Spring.
Coconut oil is another truly amazing ingredient. It is known for its moisturizing and antibacterial qualities. I am using it as my carrier oil for my essential oils. Note: you need a carrier oil. You could use jojoba oil, Organic olive oil, or almond oil as a substitute. The coconut oil will solidify at cooler temperatures. That is why I added a pinch of salt and citric acid. I will not be refrigerating this lovely concoction and I wanted to ensure a stable shelf life for the entirety of Summer.
Things you will need:
8 oz. Spray Bottle(clean & chemical-free. I bought mine at our local health food store)
Distilled, bottled water, or lavender/aloe witch hazel.
1 tsp citric acid(optional)
Pinch of sea salt(optional)
1 oz. coconut oil(catnip oil is a great alternative).
Rosemary essential oil 5 drops(cedarwood, tea tree, citronella, and lemongrass essential oils are great alternatives).
Peppermint essential oil 5 drops
Lavender essential oil 10 drops
Important tip: Shake your bottle prior to every use. The oils and essential oils need to be distributed evenly with agitation to get the full "bug off" benefits. Feel free to use this "Bug Off" concoction as a light moisturizer and boo-boo spray for the kids, but do note that the salt will sting a minor abrasion. I do love a multipurpose product! You are saving so much money by making this yourself. Most of these ingredients you probably already have at home in your cabinet, so really it is just about finding the time to whip it up.
Have a restful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend everyone! Please take the time to reflect on those men, women, and families that have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. You are never forgotten....always in our hearts.
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