RonandLisa.com wrote a terrific article about Mosquitos. These annoying little insects carry lots of diseases, and since our kids have allergies, we can't use over the counter products. A lot of our customers here at Sensitive Sweets have the same issues. We want to provide a cleaner environment for our kids but we still need something to protect them from pests. Here's a great recipe for repellent from Ron and Lisa:
"DIY Insect Repellents. There are also some effective, homemade natural solutions to mosquitoes. These can be particularly valuable when you are camping or in other places where oscillating fans are unavailable. For a completely natural insect repellent, Vinegar of the Four Thieves has been a strong, effective insect repellent for centuries! This concoction has not only warded off unwanted insect visitors, but has been known to fight off diseases as well. You will need:
- a 32 oz bottle of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons each of dried rosemary, sage, lavender, thyme, and mint
- a large jar or spray bottle
To make, combine all the ingredients in a large jar with a screw top lid or a spray bottle. Shake daily for 2-3 weeks. After 2-3 weeks, apply liberally to the skin as needed for insect protection.
Additionally, oil of eucalyptus products may offer longer-lasting protection, studies reveal. Endorsed by the CDC, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (not to be confused with natural lemon eucalyptus oil) offers protection similar to low concentrations of DEET and is available under the Repel brand name. It’s also safe for children older than 3 years but can cause allergic skin reactions."
Thank you Ron & Lisa, we love your advise! Clean, simple, and better for all of us!