A couple of my friends noticed a few mosquitoes flitting about around the swingset after church Sunday, so I guess I should make up a batch of mosquito spray soon, just as soon as I remember to buy witch hazel and a spray bottle, since I lost both of those when we moved here apparently. I usually end up forgetting and just end up rubbing catnip on the kids before sending them out, since catnip oil is a natural mosquito repellent and just rubbing fresh leaves gets enough on you to do the job, or applying a poultice of chewed up broad leaf plaintain leaves on them (or me) after getting bit!
|Broadleaf plantain. (Consult an expert before attempting using wild foraged remedies.)|
Prevention really is the best, especially with the risk of nasty viruses being spread by those vicious bloodsuckers though! With that in mind, here's a recipe for mosquito repellent that worked really well for us last year. I made some of this before a fishing trip to a very mosquito-y area and, between all six of us, we got two bites total and those were on a spot that I don't think I sprayed very well on my daughter because I would worried about it getting in her eyes. I'd call that a definite success! My husband is no longer tempted by his toxic DEET sprays he used to be so fond of!
Combine the following in a spray bottle:
1 cup purified water
2 tsp witch hazel
4 drops each of the following essential oils: tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cedarwood, basil, and rosemary
Shake well before each use and apply as you would any bug spray.