Monday, June 13, 2011

bug free!

Possibly the only thing more annoying than swatting at bugs is drenching yourself with chemical repellents.  The mosquitoes are out in full force this year and I couldn't wait to get to the market this weekend to pick up some of Sanctuary Botanicals' Bug Free.  With essential oils of cedarwood, citronella, clove, bay and sunflower this light spray leaves you smelling spicy sweet and herb-y and it really works! 

(One note of warning: pregnant women should not use the spray.  If you're expecting, there are certain essential oils you should avoid. A good starting point for educating yourself can be found here)

And if you are wondering how to keep your furry friend from being pestered by bugs this is a great recipe I found a few years ago.  I like to keep a spray bottle in the fridge for Henry during the summer.
  • 1 big lemon with a thick rind
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed rosemary leaves
  • 1 quart of boiling water
  • 1 large spray bottle
  1. Slice your lemon paper thin and place the slices in a bowl.
  2. Add the crushed rosemary leaves to the lemon slices.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the lemon and rosemary and give a light stir.
  4. Let this mixture steep overnight. 
  5. Strain and put the liquid into a large spray bottle and keep in the refrigerator
  6. Before applying, shake well to mix the ingredients. 
Now we are set for concerts in the park, movies under the stars and beautiful nature hikes!


Joy said...

I have been looking for a natural bug spray! Oskar is allergic to bug bites and every summer I feel guilty for putting bug spray on him and I feel guilty when I don't and then watch him swell. I'm going to try this tomorrow!! Thanks Heather!

miss allaby: the glad girl said...

Hope it works! Definitely an improvement over chemicals!