Itching from a mosquito or tick bite? You don't have to walk deep into the woods, or wade through tall grass to come in contact with ticks or mosquitoes. Weeding the flower bed, dining on the patio, and playing fetch with the dog, are activities we enjoy outside. Pesky insects are also active outdoors during warm weather.
Prevention is the best way to avoid the irritating bite, the itching, and the devastating effects of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne diseases. We want to prevent the likelihood of contracting West Nile virus and encephalitis (inflammation of brain tissue) from virus carrying mosquitoes as well. Ticks and mosquitoes may be out in full force, but there are natural remedies that are safer to use than Deet, we can buy or make to fend them off.
After getting numerous tick bites early this spring, I began researching all the scents that repel ticks, and combined several in a DIY tick and mosquito repellent. I spray it on my shoes, legs and arms just before going on my morning walk outdoors, or when mowing our acreage of grass.
In the evenings, we enjoy star gazing outside on the patio. A light mist on our arms and legs keeps the mosquitoes away. This spray smells so good, it could double as fragrant air freshener.
Here's the concoction we've found successful in keeping ticks and mosquitoes off.
When you smell it, you'll say, I can't believe its not perfume!
All-Natural Tick & Mosquito Spray Repellent
Add the following ingredients to a spray bottle:
1 1/2 cups Purified Water
1 ounce Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Citronella essential oil
5 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil
5 drops Cinnamon essential oil
Cap and shake gentle to combine ingredients. Avoid spraying on face or near the eyes. You can also spray this repellent on patio furniture to keep bugs off.
What to do when returning from a walk outside
If you see a tick crawling on your clothing, or have ventured into a known tick infested area...
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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