We are out of town camping this weekend in Idaho and Wyoming. We are staying at an old farmhouse that sits on 11 acres. The farmhouse was built in the late 1800’s. The Mosquitos are pretty bad this time of year. We have a great natural bug repellent and I brought with us my favorite essential oils for repelling insects. As a general rule use lemongrass and citronella to keep insects at bay. To deter insects from landing on your skin lavender is the best option. If you have a spray bottle use it to spray lemongrass ands citronella diluted in water around the room. You can also fill up your bathtub with water and add these recommended essential oils to the bath water. Also, fill any empty cups or bowls with hot water and these essential oils and place by the windows or doors where unwelcome insects may enter. You can use lavender, peppermint, or thyme to do this or even use the following formula:
Insect Deterrent Blend
Thyme 4 drops
Lemongrass 8 drops
Lavender 4 drops
Peppermint 4 drops
If you are camping, like us, it may be worth it too make up a big batch of this natural insect repellent. It can be used in several different ways.
1. Put 3 drops on a cotton ball and place it near your pillow at night.
2. Put 2 drops on a ribbon or paper strip and hang them around the balcony, tent, cabin, or window.
3. Use in combination with your regular lotion and rub onto skin before your trip. Put 3 drops of essential oil blend with 3 teaspoons of coconut oil or other regular lotion.
4. Water based splash- 5 drops of the blend, 1 TBSP witch hazel, 5 TBSP water. Shake them in container before applying to skin.
The ankles are a prime target for mosquitos and other insects. Try to cover your ankles with socks as much as possible when camping or outdoors. You can always put a little drop of lavender or citronella at the top of your socks to prevent insect bites.
These natural insect repellent methods work so well! I am even applying the essential oils to my facial creams and using them to prevent bites on my face and the boys faces. I skipped using the repellent one evening and my 3 year old walked in the house with 5 bites on his head and 1 bite on his neck. The bites are HUGE! I felt really bad about missing the face that day.
Lavender Essential Oil is a great topical application for bites and stings. Apply one drop of lavender oil at a time every 5 minutes until a total of 10 drops have been absorbed. This should help alleviate the pressure or pain.
I hope these natural ideas help your family while camping in the summer! Remember, always use essential oils with caution.
Source: The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy