I don’t know about you, but every summer I get attacked by voracious mosquitoes. They leave nasty and itchy bites on the skin. Not to mention the annoying buzzing sounds they make, as if it was to provoke you – “Catch me if you can!”
Depending on where you live, a bug spray can be a Must-Have in your everyday kit during the Summer months. Unfortunately, most bugs and mosquitoes repellent sprays include some harmful chemicals in them, which are not safe for the skin in the long run. But fear not, there are herbal and natural alternatives which are much safer for you and the environment. I will share with you my herbal alternative to a bug spray. It’s very easy to do, very natural, its gonna keep the nasty mosquitoes at bay, and it’s not gonna to harm your skin or the people around you.
Let’s get started!
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of Yarrow tincture
- 1 tablespoon of Sage tincture
- 1 tablespoon of Lavender tincture
- Few drops of essential oils (3-5 drops of each): Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot essential oils
- 2 tablespoons of spring or lemon infused water
- Basil Glycerite – optional
- Empty glass bottle (dark brown glass is preferred)
Im using as my base ingredients a few herbal aromatic tinctures that I made with Sage, Lavender and Yarrow. These plants are known to repel bugs and mosquitoes, through their volatile oil aromatic compounds.
To make my herbal aromatic tinctures, I soak the dried plant material into high proof alcohol (100 proof Vodka will do nicely) for several weeks, shaking everyday, or so. After a while, and when I feel the aromas have developed nicely in the tincture bottle, I strain the tincture and keep only the liquid extract.
I will then pour the aromatic tinctures in an empty bottle – one tablespoon of each. To which I will add a few drops of essential oils. For this recipe I chose to use Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot essential oils, which are also known to be effective to repel mosquitoes.
And then, Im gonna shake the bottle for a little while and let it infuse in the fridge for of a couple of weeks. I will shake the bottle every day.
And after the tinctures and essential oils have infused for a couple of weeks, I will add a couple of tablespoons of lemon infused water. But you could use just plain spring water, its fine too. Finally, I will add a few drops of basil glycerite, for a touch of sweetness. And Basil is also known to repel mosquitoes. I will, then, shake my bottle and let it settle in the fridge overnight, for the aromas to develop fully.
And then you have a wonderful herbal bug spray. You will love the scent so much you will use it to freshen the air! You could also spray it on your clothes.