Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Make Your Own Bug Spray :)

Just wanted to share this recipe real quick cause I'm thrilled with how it's working :)

Lately what we've been using that works great is I filled an old (smaller) spray bottle half witch hazel, 1/4 rubbing alcohal, 1/4 water then just put in a bunch of leaves from our lemon balm plant, so leaves fill it up but aren't forced/stuffed in, several drops of peppermint oil and a few drops of clove oil. I let it sit overnight before using to let the leaves seep in. It's worked wonders, I got bit 15+ times in one night the night before I made this stuff and as long as I use it I haven't gotten bit again :)

Shake it up real good before using too, I don't know if that changes anything, but do just in case.

I am going to try half water with 1/4 witch hazel & 1/4 alcohal next time and see how that does :)

I am also planning on replacing the water and the peppermint eo all together with a sort of lemon balm & peppermint tea made from fresh leaves as soon as my peppermint plant is a little bigger and see how that works.

Just wanted to share real quick as it is that time of year again :)

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I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!

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