By Maria Noël Groves, Clinical Herbalist & Co-op Wellness Educator
Bugs are an inescapable reality for those of us who love the outdoors. One way to reduce the pressure is to use your own homemade natural bug spray. Here’s one of my favorite recipes that discourages black flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. Everything except for the vodka is available at the Co-op.
4 oz metal, glass, or PET plastic spray bottle
2 oz distilled water
2 oz vodka
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops citronella essential oil (optional)
Combine all your ingredients in the bottle, shake well, and spray as needed on skin and clothing. Reapply each hour.
Don’t have the time or energy to make your own? Check out all the great natural insect repellents at the Co-op. My personal favorite is Quantum Buzz Away Extreme, but you may want to try a few to find the one that works with your body’s chemistry.
Get bit? Chew up a fresh plantain leaf (a common weed, but be sure you’re 100 percent positive on your identification) and place it on the bite for immediate itch relief. Or swab it with some old-fashioned distilled witch hazel or plain undiluted lavender essential oil.