So in preparation for Litha, I’m thinking about all the reasons why I don’t usually go outside around this time of year. The heat (and resulting sweat) are near the top of the list. My people are Irish and British, and heat intolerance is a definite thing. I’ve been working out, however, and I’ve gotten a little more used to the idea of sweating, so I’ll do the best I can.
But one outdoor challenge I can’t deal with is bugs. I’m allergic to most bug bites, and even mosquito bites will make me ill if I get enough of them. So what’s a girl to do? Spray herself with harsh chemicals and choke on the fumes? We’re trying to attract faerie energy, and I don’t feel like they would appreciate that.
So the only option is to raid my stash of essential oils and make my own.
In doing some research, I found that rosemary, lemongrass, and eucalyptus are great for repelling mosquitoes, while lavender and cedar will repel both mosquitoes AND ticks. I hate ticks. Remind me to tell you about Ostara, 2015. *shudder*
So in my tinkering and tweaking, this recipe was born:
Essential Oil Bug Spray
To a 15oz spray bottle, I added:
1 cup distilled water (actually, I didn’t have distilled water, so I boiled some tap water and let it cool
1/4 cup cheap vodka (you can also use witch hazel)
30 drops lemongrass oil
25 drops lavender oil
25 drops eucalyptus oil
20 drops cedar oil
15 drops rosemary oil
The side benefit? I think the fae will actually dig it. It’s light, slightly citrusy, slightly floral, and pretty natural to boot! 🙂
Howdy there! It’s nice to meet you, whoever you are. Don’t be shy! I hope you’ll stick around our little spot here on the internet.
A Little About Me!
I was raised by a scorned religious woman. If you know anything about anyone being scorned, you’ll know that this allowed me to have a pretty open minded childhood in terms of religion and spirituality.
My mother never pushed anything down my throat and allowed me to believe whatever I wanted to believe. I was always the child talking to faeries and nature spirits. I never talked to a god or goddess, but sensed that nature was alive around me and that nature was the mother of everything. This feeling and belief has carried with me through adulthood and despite having tried many different religions and practices, everything always comes back to nature.
I am a person of science with magic being the unexplainable void between logic and feeling. Labels are absolutely terrifying for me, because I am ever evolving and discovering. If I had to pick a label, I’d call myself a secular eclectic witch. Have I confused you yet? 🙂
I get joy out of the childlike things in life and thus my magic is based upon that tingly-safe feeling you get when curled up in a blanket fort with music or a book. It’s a safe place to be myself even when it makes absolutely no sense.
I look forward to sharing and growing here on the interwebs with the wonderful Arya and Amie and I’m so excited for this new adventure! 🙂
By the moon, blessed be! ❤