If you're like me, you want to repel insects, but you don't like all of the chemicals that are in traditional insect repellents. And having Lyme Disease, repelling insects that feed off our blood is especially important to me. And it's not common knowledge, but we Lymies know that Lyme Disease is not only transmitted by ticks. Think mosquitos, fleas, even lice. Really, anything that feeds on our blood can transmit Lyme Disease. And while the CDC says there's no convincing evidence that this is the case, the fact that Lyme Disease HAS been found in these insects is enough evidence for me. But I digress....
The insect repellent that we use is completely safe and natural, and I love that I don't have to worry that my family is not inhaling the mist from those poisonous sprays, or that they're absorbing the chemicals through their skin. It's easy to make, and really works - give it a try!
If you do happen to be caught without your insect repellent, lavender, Purification and Melrose are all great oils to help soothe the itch and irritation. You can put them directly on the bite, or you can make up this handy, dandy Bug Bite Balm:
16 ounce spray bottle
6 drops peppermint
6 drops lavender
6 drops Purification
6 drops Cedarwood
1.5 Tbsp biodegradable dish soap (Method, Dr. Bronners, etc.)
Fill spray bottle with water. Add oils and dish soap and shake well before using. Spray plants and flowers
We've got one more post coming on essential oils for summer - chock full of hydration and cooling ideas - and of course, recipes!