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! 🙂