Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me
With the summer months comes more time spent outside. Backyard get-togethers, hiking, camping or outdoor concerts are always great until we are joined by the mosquitoes and other insects, which can really kill our vibe!
Along with mosquitoes, ticks and outdoor bugs being a nuisance, they also can carry some very scary viruses. Obviously, we need to protect ourselves, but many of us are concerned with the ingredients of common bug sprays and insect repellants.
I’ve created the ultimate Prowdr recipe so you can make your own natural spray to use for yourself and share with family and friends. It is safe for even the most sensitive skin, wildly effective at protecting yourself from a broad spectrum of insect bites and it smells great too.
One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought, conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. DEET is used by an estimated one-third of the US population each year. When used frequently and heavily, DEET has been linked with skin irritation, respiratory effects, rashes and even neurological effects. The chemical is particularly concerning in children, where in rare cases, it can lead to lethargy and headaches. In pregnant women, if used on bare skin, it could harm the fetus.
In most cases, DEET is considered safe, if it’s used sparingly, and particularly if it’s used on clothing instead of on bare skin. If you’re going to a mosquito-ridden environment, it’s still one of the best ways to protect yourself from viruses.
For everyday insect avoidance, however, many of us would like to use something safer to protect ourselves and our families from summer pests. There are some great natural options on the market today that can provide a safer alternative for repelling bugs and protecting ourselves from bites; however, I’ve created the ultimate Prowdr recipe so you can make your own natural spray to use for yourself and share with family and friends. It is safe for even the most sensitive skin, wildly effective at protecting one’s self from a broad spectrum of insect bites, and it smells great too.
This recipe makes 8 oz. of natural repellent. I typically fill four 2 oz. bottles to make them more portable and convenient to carry with me on hikes or outdoor events. Each of the ingredients used can be purchased at your local health food or natural grocery store or can be ordered directly from Amazon. One bottle of each of these ingredients will be more than enough to stay protected and bite-free all summer long.
30 drops geranium essential oil
30 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
20 drops neem oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
1 tablespoon vodka or rubbing alcohol
½ cup natural witch hazel
½ cup water (or vinegar)
vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Place essential oils in a glass spray bottle. Add vodka or alcohol and shake well to combine.
- Add witch hazel and shake to combine.
- Add ½ tsp vegetable glycerin, if using. This is not necessary but helps everything stay combined.
- Add water and shake again. Shake before each use as the oils and water will naturally separate over time.
For over 30 years, Gary Jones has been responsible for the conception, strategic, positioning, formula development, introduction, promotion and continued education of over 3,000 unique beauty and personal-care products. Most recently serving as vice president of marketing/research & development for Beauticontrol, Jones was instrumental in developing the company’s portfolio of age-defying skin-care solutions, spa-quality bath and body treatments and color cosmetics. Jones is a graduate of Arizona State University, with a degree in kinesiology. He and his husband currently reside in Sedona, Arizona.
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