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Bug Off! with Essential Oils:

When summer is here... so are the bugs! At Toad Hollow we enjoy making our own mixture of essential oils to discourage annoying winged blood-sucking creatures from landing on us. Anita has created these "Bug Off!" recipes using essential oils.

Here is our traditional "Bug Off!" formula with citronella essential oil:

Citronella & Cedarwood Bug Off!

Mix the following ingredients in a 4 ounce glass bottle with an atomizer top: 90 ml distilled water; 5 ml jojoba oil; 2.5 ml (50 drops) each of citronella essential oil, Virginia cedarwood essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
Precautions for use: Shake well before each application. Avoid eye contact. Spray on hands to apply to face. Do not apply to eyelids.

 

The vetiver in this recipe will relieve stress as well as repel insects:

Patchouly & Vetiver Bug Off!

Mix the following ingredients in a 4 ounce glass bottle with an atomizer top: 90 ml distilled water; 5 ml jojoba oil; 40 drops patchouly essential oil; 30 drops vetiver essential oil; 2.5 ml (50 drops) each of citronella essential oil and lemongrass essential oil.
 Precautions for use: Shake well before each application. Avoid eye contact. Spray on hands to apply to face. Do not apply to eyelids.

 

Those with sensitive skin should use caution with this last recipe as it contains Red Thyme essential oil which can be irritating. Anita likes to spray this one on her straw gardening hat:

Lavender & Thyme Bug Off!

Mix the following ingredients in a 4 ounce glass bottle with an atomizer top: 90 ml distilled water; 5 ml jojoba oil; 5 ml (100 drops) of lavender essential oil; 25 drops of Red Thyme essential oil; 2.5 ml (50 drops) each of eucalyptus essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
Precautions for use: Shake well before each application. Avoid eye contact. Spray on hands to apply to face. Do not apply to eyelids.

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