I just tried my new home-made non-toxic mosquito repellent and it works!! That means more time in the backyard this summer…I love love love doing yoga barefoot on the grass. It makes my practice even more grounding. Since our yard has mosquitos all summer long due to it being the rainy season, I have generally had to avoid the yard at some point each year since I’ve not ever been one to enjoy putting toxic insect repellant on my skin. Now it would be simply insane to even think of it as my body is suffering from an overexposure of neurotoxic chemicals already.
This year will be different. I will be back outside enjoying the grass and the trees all summer long.
This is the recipe I used: I put 3 drops of tea tree oil and 6 drops of lavender in 1 oz of olive oil…if you watch the video you’ll see there are alternate base oils as well as essential oils you can try as well…I simply had the tea tree and lavender on hand…you can also use a water based spray as an alternative…
I’m actually going to make a water base spray for second and third applications that will be lighter than the first oil based application. This repellant needs to be applied every couple of hours. Applying oil once is fine, but if one needs to apply a second or third time that would be too much. I like the oil initially though as it coats the skin.
And, hey, it smells really nice too!
Make a natural insect repellent by using a spray bottle that combines water and essential oils, such as lemongrass, lavender, tea tree and citronella. Or, find out how to make a a natural insect repellent that rubs on skin with the help of this free video from an experienced aromatherapist.
Note: too much of the essential oils can irritate the skin. Some oils are more irritating than others. But it’s a good idea to start with a smaller amount and work up if you think you need it.