Monday, 16 April 2012

Kangaroos, Quinces and Mosquitoes

We live in the lucky country. It's not hard to see why. In the same evening we picked quinces, watched kangaroos bounding across the paddock and felt the warm Autumn sun go down.
A familiar arch-nemesis of any Aussie was hot on our heals though. Dad had warned about the 'horrendous' mosquitoes we would encounter on the walk back to the house, but these were BAD. I usually employ the tactics of cover up and walk faster when trying to not get eaten alive, but this night required a little extra help. I used this repellent I make every year because I refuse to use bug sprays or chemical repellents on my skin. It is important to use only pure essential oils, not oil blends or immitation oils because you want the purity of the essential oil to do its best medicine. What we put on our skin goes into our body, so it might as well be the best.

Natural Insect Repellent 
Essential Oil Rub.
45ml Carrier Oil - I like to use Sweet Almond Oil or Olive Oil because they are usually in my pantry
20 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
10 drops Citronella
10 Drops Lavender
5 Drops Basil
5 Drops Sweet Orange

Mix all ingredients together and store in dark bottle (Amber Bottle). The way to use it is to cover your body with sensible clothes as much as possible. Then on the remaining exposed areas like hands, feet, neck or face you rub a few drops into the skin. The smell is the deterrent so you may need to re-apply after each hour as the smell wears off.  If using on babies or children I would use only 1-2 drops on exposed skin.

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