With all the outdoor activities that summer involves, it can be easy to just throw the traditional bug spray in the car and go. However, if you are one who is sensitive to chemicals, smells or otherwise naturally inclined to try a healthier alternative, then this post is for you!
With camping adventures my family has already been on or even adventures to the beach, if you are in the shade with a baby or little person, these blends could work well for you.
Patio Blend Recipes by Penny Keay with Birch Hill Happenings
A Flying Insect Patio Blend (for use in any diffuser)
Lemon or lemongrass – 15 drops
Cedarwood- 10 drops
Peppermint – 5 drops
Geranium – 5 drops
Mix the above essential oils together in a glass bottle. Then place several drops in any diffuser. Although this blend works best in an oil or tart warmer, you can use in fan diffusers outdoors too. Add more essential oils to the diffusers as needed.
Outdoor Flying Insect Spray
This can be used by anyone doing outdoor activities when the bugs are around. This blend will help to to repel insects, best used late in the day or early evening when the bugs came out!
Lemongrass – 15 drops
Eucalyptus lemon – 15 drops
Lavender – 15 drops
Peppermint – 12 drops
Emulsifier – 1 teaspoon
Body spray base -2 oz
Blend the essential oils with the Emulsifier until mixed together well. Then add to the Body spray in a PET plastic bottle with a spray top.
Shake well. This blend can be sprayed on shirt sleeves, pant legs, collars, your hair.
Note: Avoid spraying into eyes or other mucous membranes. Use sparingly on children. Or spray on your hands and then swipe on your child.
Click on this link to learn more about emulsifers: http://birchhillhappenings.com/aromatip/7910emulsifier.htm
Be sure to check out www.birchhillhappenings.com for oils and products related to this post. Don’t let the plentiful mosquitos ruin your chances of fun at outdoor activities!
Posted by Jes
Natural Elements Health Center