Monday, August 9, 2010
But for those of us who choose to be wiser about what goes on our bodies, here's a simple solution for keeping the bugs away:
Fill a medium-sized spray bottle with witch hazel and add 8 - 10 drops of peppermint oil.
That's it. Sounds simple enough. Now let's see if it works.
If you'd rather buy a commercial product that is safe, here are a few suggestions, all of which garner a 0 rating (which is the best rating you can get) from the Cosmetic Safety Database by Environmental Working Group:
Badger Anti-Bug Push-Up – 1.5 oz – Stick
I like Badger's tagline with this product: Good for the skin. Bad for the bug.
Brittanie's Thyme Organic Insect Repellent
Bubble & Bee 100% Organic Insect Repellant
Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellant
Graham's Gardens Bug Bar
Purple Prairie Bug Stuff
Peruse some of the great sites above. You just may find some other fantastic organic products to meet your family's needs in other ways.
If you spend a lot of time on your deck, patio or porch, like I do, you can also load up the area with some potted plants that are natural bug repellants, such as catnip, citronella, eucalyptus, marigold, mosquito plants and rosemary.
Perhaps all of this info would have been more helpful a couple of months ago, but here in Pennsylvania, we're looking at 6 weeks or so of warmer weather. Plus you can always print this post and save it for next year. With a new grandbaby due in less than a month, I'm sure we'll be looking for the best options for our little ones next summer.
Keeping it green and healthy,
Photo courtesy of Michael Drummond