Mozzies seem a bit thick tonight, I am sitting here smelling like DEET and citronella. So I was thinking what it would be like if it was hot, humid,
flooded and there were flies everywhere feeding on carcasses. I wonder what the insect population was like after Katrina?
Anyway, turns out that DEET is not good for you so I found a really good article on natural repellent here:
8 Natural Mosquito Repellents
Add witch hazel, lemon balm and marigold petals to the above list.
Super Strong Insect Repellent Recipe source
Fair warning: this stuff stinks when it is wet, though the smell disappears as it dries. It works incredibly well though, and this is the one I use
when I’m going to be in the woods or in tick infested areas. It is based on a recipe that was supposedly used by thieves during the Black Plague to
keep from getting sick. They used it internally and externally to avoid catching the disease and to keep the flies and other pests away. According to
legend, it worked and they survived… but it definitely makes a great insect repellent these days! Its also very inexpensive to make and you probably
already have the ingredients in your kitchen!
Vinegar of the Four Thieves Insect Repellent Ingredients:
1 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TBSP each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint
At least quart size glass jar with airtight lid
How to Make the Vinegar of the Four Thieves Insect Repellent:
Put the vinegar and dried herbs into large glass jar.
Seal tightly and store on counter or place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.
After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferably in fridge.
To use on skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.
Use whenever you need serious bug control!
[Note: This mixture is very strong and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can also be used as a tincture for any illness. For adults, dose
is 1 TBSP in water several times a day,for kids over 2, dose is 1 tsp in water several times a day.
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