Summer is mosquito season. The bugs LOVE ME. It doesn’t matter if I use natural repellent or DEET repellent. Some how I end up getting bite. Sometimes my bites are so bad that I need to take Benadryl to sleep. This is one of the main reasons why I don’t like summer.
During my vacation in Antigua, I was attacked by the sand flies. My legs and arms were on fire because of the bites. I could only spend an hour or two in the sun before the pain became unbearable. It took a week of anti-itch cream, tea tree oil, and ice packs to get rid of the pain and the bites. When I got home I was on the hunt to find an effective bug repellent that was both zero waste and natural!
Apple Cider Vinegar: It’s the strong oder that actually repels the mosquitos. It has been said that if you drink enough apple cider vinegar, you will develop a strong oder that will also repel the mosquitos.
Essential Oils: I use Young Living essential oils that have been proven to repel mosquitos. One of my favourites is R.C because it contains lemon grass and citronella. I also add tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and lavender oil.
Fill up the bottle half way with apple cider vinegar. Fill it almost to the top with warm tap water. Put 3-5 drops of Young Living's R.C oil (or something applicable), Lavender, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil. Shake the bottle and start using it.
I put mine in a roller ball bottle so I can carry it in my purse, pocket, or keep it in the car.
Since using my new mosquito repellent, I have noticed that it is just as effective as the other ones with or without DEET. I only get bites when I don’t use it or if they get underneath or through my clothes. The best part is that it’s Zero Waste and All Natural!!! I wish I made this before I went to Antigua.