Backyard Bliss

Sanctuary

From relaxing in the hammock or one-of-a-kind tent to barbecuing or gardening, your yard becomes a sanctuary in Summer. Every year as warmer temperatures arrive, I make several homemade projects and products for Summer including a Natural Bug Spray. If you want to avoid toxic commercial insect repellents with chemicals like DEET, and like do-it-yourself projects, here’s a great recipe that uses essential oils, which are highly effective. In addition to keeping away bugs, it also helps kill bacteria and nourish your skin. And unlike conventional brands, it smells amazing. #bugsbegone

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce bottle with atomizer
  • 1/4 ounce witch hazel
  • 3 drops thyme essential oil
  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3/4 ounces water

Directions

Pour witch hazel & essential oils in bottle, shake, and top off with water. Screw on atomizer and shake again. Spray directly onto skin or clothing, using caution to avoid eye area. Keep the bugs away naturally!

Garden Tip: Plant insect repelling herbs in your yard. I grow Lavender, Thyme, Mint, Lemon Balm & Catnip near the patio and use these fresh plants as bug repellent. You can crush the leaves and rub them into your skin in a pinch.