While my husband and I excitedly planning for our summer camping trips, our daughter Finn is stressing over the onslaught of mosquito bites she’ll surely suffer in the wilderness. The little buggers LOVE her, and she reacts to their bites with next-level swelling and itching. Poor thing. After reading label after label of a myriad of bug repellents, I just couldn’t spray her little body with those mystery chemicals; so I went to the source:
Apparently there are many natural scents that mosquitos (and other bugs) just don’t like. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Vanilla are some of them. Here are a couple recipes from our moms to natural offend those pesky critters.
Rosemary Spray (Janine)
Take six 4 inch branches of rosemary and place them into a large pot of boiling water. Boil it down for at least an hour, until you have an extremely concentrated liquid. Let it cool, pour into a spray bottle, and coat exposed limbs as needed.
Eucalyptus Oil (Rosina)
You’ll need to mix this essential oil with another oil and/or alcohol, since oil doesn’t mix with water. Witch Hazel and Olive Oil do the trick well.
Fill your chosen spray bottle 1/2 full with boiled and cooled water. Add the Witch Hazel so it’s nearly to the top, then a tsp of the Olive Oil, and at least 30 drops of Eucalyptus Oil. You can use this recipe for other essential oils as well, like clove and cinnamon.
Vanilla Extract – in a pinch you can just rub this on your skin – it masks your body scent well, which is what mosquitos are attracted to.
There you have it. Lots of natural options for bug repellents – let us know which ones work best for you!
Cover pic, and Koala pic from Pinterest.