2 1/2 teaspoons
total of any combination of the following essential oils (available at health
basil cedarwood citronella juniper lemon myrrh palmarosa pine rose
geranium and/or rosemary
1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol (available
in liquor stores)
Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid
and shake vigorously.
Transfer to small bottles for storage.
use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin (test first to be sure your skin
will not be adversely affected by the repellent) or dab it on clothing.
Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your
body chemistry. If you're lucky, you also will like the way they smell;
otherwise, add a few drops of peppermint oil to fine-tune the
Source: Mother Earth News
If you are Bitten
From the backwoods to the back yard, plantain (Plantago, various
species) is one of the best herbs to treat bug bites.
won't need to plant this home remedy because it is a very common weed, often
growing in compacted soil along sidewalks and driveways. To use the plant as
first aid for a mosquito bite, crush a few leaves and rub them on the bite.
Some anti-itch drugstore medicines to use include Calamine lotion or
cortisone creams. Doctors generally recommend pain relievers, ice packs and
meat tenderizer to treat insect bites and stings. Promptly applying a dab of
commercial meat tenderizer directly to a sting can neutralize the allergen.