Friday, 28 June 2013

Favorite Thing Friday: Natural Mosquito Repellent

Where I live, the mosquitoes are ruthless and hungry. Some people are bothered by them more than others, and unfortunately, I am one of those people.

It’s awful. Not only do they love me, but when they bite me I swell up – a lot. I am very allergic to them. If I don’t protect myself from them, the bites will irritate me so much that they will actually wake me up at night. That being said, I have always been one hundred per cent dedicated to Deep Woods Off, with DEET. But yes, sometimes it gets to be a bit much.

This week, I wanted to do some work in my garden before I went out for supper with some friends. I didn’t want t lather myself in bug spray though, so I started searching for ways to fight them off a little more naturally.

I mixed 2 tablespoons of witch hazel with 30 drops of eucalyptus oil and rubbed it on my pressure points, like I would perfume. I admit, I was skeptical, but wanted to give it a try.

Today, I am happy to share that it worked great and I would highly recommend trying this. It would be healthy to use on children, too.

You will probably have to re-apply it every half hour or so.

I also suggest eating citrus fruits throughout the summer, such as oranges, and adding lemon or limes to your water. Mosquitoes hate citrus fruit. But try to avoid bananas – they love bananas!

And wear light colured clothing. Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors. Yuck.

Thanks for reading, and good luck fighting off the pests this long weekend!

Lisa