Those pesky MOSQUITOES! You are about to learn how to make the best homemade mosquito repellent so you don't have to deal. Yay!
Not only are they obnoxious, they carry dreaded diseases that wreak havoc on your body. Diseases transmitted by mosquitos include West Nile Virus, Dengue, malaria, certain types of encephalitis, and at least 19 known disease altogether.
According to Wikipedia, nearly 700 million people get a mosquito borne illness yearly, resulting in over 1 million deaths!
Avoid getting bit by these creatures!
West Nile Virus has recently been found in Boulder County, hence I am sharing the best homemade mosquito repellent recipe so you can protect your family.
Making the best homemade mosquito repellent allows you to know exactly what is in your bug spray and avoid harmful chemicals like DEET. DEET has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system, which you likely want to protect, especially considering how prevalent nervous system challenges are these days. It is getting worse, and you must ask why.
DEET basically inhibits a very important enzyme in your nervous system called acetylcholinesterase (AChE). This enzyme is found in the synapse of nerve cells and muscle cells. When a signal is passed from nerve to muscle AChE jumps in and breaks down
the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, consequently stopping the signal and allowing new neurotransmitters to be rebuilt so that the next message can be received.
AChE has an extremely fast reaction time, breaking up each molecule in about 80 microseconds. Anything that works that fast has an important job to do!
Poisons that attack this enzyme paralyzes muscles. And, combine DEET with other chemicals (often found in combination in conventional bug sprays) and you get an increase in their toxicity! It is time for a new approach!
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (different than lemon eucalyptus oil) is EPA approved as an insect repellent and considered relatively safe, but yet to be well tested on children. So, on that note, we are going to use a blend of essential oils in this recipe to have the best effectiveness.
You can use any blend of bug-repelling oils, which I believe a blend of oils is going to give you better protection than a single oil alone.
If you'd like to see this recipe on action, check out this link to watch me make it on the fly.
citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, geranium, peppermint, catnip and cedar.
Keep in mind not all essential oils are the same! Recently https://www.consumersadvocate.org released a report on their findings of the purity of 33 different essential oils on the market today. They has an independent lab test them to see what was inside each. I think you will be surprised to know the findings! You can check out that article here.
1 4 oz amber or dark colored bottle
50 drops of a blend of essential oils (from the list above)
1 tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol
2oz witch hazel
2oz filtered, spring or distilled water
1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional. Helps stabilize spray)
Put all essential oils and alcohol (or vodka) in glass jar and shake well to combine. Add witch hazel and shake well again. Add vegetable glycerin (if using), shake vigorously, then lastly add water and shake well again.
Shake vigorously before each use. Naturally separates. Spray on every few hours for best protection.
When using on children, spray on clothing rather than directly on skin.
Use precaution when using any products on skin as they may cause adverse reactions.
You may want to make 3-4 bottles at one time so that you can store them in various places. I like to keep one near the front door and in our camping gear.
If you don't want to make your own, opt for one of the more natural options. There are several on the market today that are decent. Here are a few to consider:
May your summer be bug free!
Wanna stay balanced through the fall and winter seasons? Check out the retreat I am hosting in October! It is called Balance, Boundaries & Letting Go ~ A Powerful Retreat To Soothe Your Soul.
Dr. Brandy helps women optimize their lives and and step into their greatness by embracing their feminine warrior. Utilizing feminine empowerment coaching, functional medicine and shamanistic healing principles, she affects change in body, mind and spirit. She teaches from experience, having been 12 sizes bigger, recovered from Bi-Polar Manic Depression, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue. Dr. Brandy's Story
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