For many years, we used topical bug spray, citronella burning candles or tiki torches to keep the mosquitoes away while we were outside. We never really liked the smell of any of it, plus all the darn warning labels that are on those products really concerned us.
WARNING! HARMFUL! CALL POISON CONTROL! DON'T INHALE! DON'T INGEST!
Ugh, no thanks!
And once we had kids, we knew we had to find a safer alternative to keep bugs away. After doing A LOT of research, we decided that using essential oils was the best route for us. They WORK, they're SAFE, and they're not very expensive.
Plus, essential oils smell good! Winning!
So here's how my family keeps those pesky bugs away! (There are quite a few 'recipes' for making your own bug repellant, but I had these oils on hand and they worked, so we haven't tried anything else!)
We just dab some peppermint and lavender essential oils on the insides of our wrists, behind our ears, and on our ankles.
Just a drop of each oil in each area is all you need.
We've not been attacked yet this season!
Do you use natural alternatives for bug repellants? What is your favorite way to keep the bugs away?
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