May 23, 2016
One thing I dislike about natural bug repellents is how dry my skin feels after the water, alcohol or witch hazel base evaporates away. I discovered an easy, velvety, absorbable solution that actually feeds your skin while it protects and repels. What's the groundbreaking option for a DIY Bug Repellent? A dry oil base that actually feels more like a lightweight lotion on your skin and dispenses from a spray bottle beautifully for an even application. Organic Rosehip Seed Oil is a game changer and I don't know of any other natural bug repellent that utilizes this healthy oil for it's base.
A dry oil like rosehip seed oil in a bug repellent does several things, it absorbs into the skin rather than evaporating into the air and the film it creates on your skin helps mask the sweet smell of you, the bug magnet (along with a few key compelling yet repelling essential oils of course). I like to use Lemongrass - did you know that Citronella is derived from a varieties of Lemongrass species? It is, it's good stuff in a bug repellent or on a sore knee. I also add Clove Bud essential oil - lovely, spicy Clove. "Clove oil gave the longest duration of 100% repellency (2 to 4 hours) against all three species of mosquito." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16041723 Last but not least, Peppermint essential oil - a good one to ward off spiders and mice, you can bet it's going in my bug repellent too.
Common sense stuff: When bugs are voracious apply bug repellent and, wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat, socks and shoes whenever possible. Rosehip Seed Oil may be slightly photosensitive if out in the sun for long periods of time so cover up!
Recipe By: CampWander
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