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Bug Off!
August 1st, 2019 3:54 pm     A+ | a-
Summertime bugs and mosquitoes are the worst, but sometimes applying bug spray can be even more annoying than the bugs themselves. Store-bought bug spray can be smelly, sticky, and overwhelming, and can cost more than some are willing to spend. If you love DIY projects and are looking for a more natural, appealing bug spray, try this simple recipe at home!

What you'll need:
-Small glass/plastic spray bottle
-Essential oils (lavender, citronella, lemongrass)
-Witch Hazel (Can be found at WalMart or even Dollar General!)
(Any combinations of two or more of these oils should work just fine if you don't have them all)

Directions: In small spray bottle, pour 1/3c of Witch Hazel. Add 5 drops each of lavender, citronella, and lemongrass essential oils. Shake and spray! (WARNING: Highly concentrated essential oils can be irritating to skin, especailly for little ones, so try spraying your clothes instead of your skin.)

Alternative: Do you grow fresh lavender in your home garden? Try picking some and rubbing it behind your ears, on your wrists, etc. as a cheap, fragrant bug repellent alternative!

Bugs already got to you this summer? Try this simple homemade itch salve to remedy those bites. 
What you'll need:
-Small jar or container
-Unscented lotion
-Extra-virgin coconut oil
-Essential oils (clove, peppermint, Roman chamomile)

Directions: In a small container, combine 1tbsp of unscented lotion, 1tsp of extra-virgin coconut oil, 10 drops of clove essential oil, and 5 drops each of Roman chamomile and peppermint essential oils. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a jar and close tightly. Apply to bug bites and itchy skin as needed. 

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