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Get Ready For Summer! Part II – Mossies Be Off

July 18, 2011

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Hooray, it’s summer! And with summer comes (oh!) those summer nights. And with long summer night comes… hundreds of uninvited guests. No matter how many mosquito repellents you use, no matter how many cigarettes are lit at the same time, arms and legs always seem to be covered in mosquito bites the next day.

Here’s a few homemade recipes that you can try out if you’re have mosquito trouble. They ought to work just as well as store bought ones – and I guarantee you they smell a lot better! 

LEMONGRASS BUG SPRAY

This recipe is from the show Grow Your Own Drugs. James Wong’s guinea pigs loved it – maybe you will too?

10 lemongrass sticks
4 tsp (about 15 leaves) pelargonium ‘Citronella’ leaves
4 tsp whole cloves
400ml sunflower oil, to cover

1 Wash and chop the lemongrass sticks and pelargonium leaves, and place both in a blender with the cloves. Add the oil, then whizz until pulped.

2 Place the pulp in a glass heatproof bowl and cover. Put the bowl over a pan of boiling water on a low heat, making sure there are no gaps around the bowl, and leave for 1 hour. Keep checking that the pan does not boil dry.

3 Leave to cool, then strain the citrus- and spice-scented oil through muslin to remove all the fibrous bits, and store in a pump spray bottle.

USE Shake the bottle well, then spray liberally onto skin up to 4 times a day, paying particular attention to exposed areas like ankles, wrists and neck, and avoiding the eyes. Re-apply after washing or bathing, and before bed. Will keep for up to 1 year in a cool dark place.

PARSLEY TREATMENT
Rub some parsley over affected areas as necessary.

MIX YOUR OWN ESSENTIAL OIL REPELLENT
There are lots of essential oils that help keep those nasty mosquitoes away. Here I give you free hands to add any mixture of essential oils, depending on what you happen to have at home.

Anti-mosquito essential oils: citronella, lemongrass, cedar, lemon, geranium, kampfer, lavender, peppermint, basil, parsley, thyme, clove, juniper, eucalyptus, cinnamon

ESSENTIAL OIL REPELLENT SPRAY
0.5 liter (2 cups) witch hazel, or parsley infusion
40-60 drops (1 tsp) of essential oil(s) of your choice
optional:
1 tsp glycerin
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs lemon juice

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well befoer each use. Spray generously on bare skin several times a day.

100% ESSENTIAL OILS
Make a mixture of essential oils of your choise and add to spray bottle. As the mixture is super strong, just spray a little over your clothes, so that it won’t irritate your skin.

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  1. August 15, 2011 18:25

    I used to do anti-mosquito lemon grass spray for science project once, I wish I could smell a little bit nicer. I will definitely give your recipe a try 🙂

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