Monday, August 1, 2011

Bug Annoyance

I really hate bugs and bug repellents! The idea of spraying DEET on myself or kids is just wrong to me. But DEET-free versions are acceptable, as long as the smell is not overwhelming.
The Daily Green posted two great formulas for homemade (and most important DEET-free) bug repellents. They are very easy to make. Alternatively, there are very good versions available in the market (links are listed below):

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe:
10-25 drops essential oil. Try lavender, rose geranium (for ticks), coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput and citronella
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; stir to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe 2
25 drops essential oil (see above)
1/4 cup water or organic apple cider vinegar
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab some on your skin or clothing.

Click here to view a list of DEET-free products available in the market:

California Baby - US$12

Bite Blocker - US$11

All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor - US$6

Sources: Daily Green

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