Bugs Be Gone, Part 1

It’s summer, y’all.

Summer to you may mean barbecues,

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swimming,

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giant sunglasses,

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and cold beers,

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but to me, summer means bugs.

from jkrush

HOWEVER. There are natural ways to declare war on the bugs.

1. Drink a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar.

from mommydearest

Take it from someone who has watched someone do this–have alternate beverage available for mouth-cleansing.

2. Eat a clove of garlic a day.

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3. If you don’t fancy eating that much garlic, mix one part garlic juice to five parts water and spray all over.

from hodgepodgegifts

You’ll keep away the bugs, and maybe everyone else, too.

4. Take a vitamin B1 supplement.

from lovetoknow

It takes about 2 weeks for you to build up enough in your system to repel the bugs.

5. To avoid ticks, dab 1 drop of rose geranium oil in a carrier oil (such as grape seed, jojoba, or avocado oil) on exposed skin.

from mimilanders

Bonus: you don’t need to lotion up.

Bonus #2: you can use it on your dogs instead of chemical tick repellant.

6. If you’re grilling out, throw some sage or rosemary on the charcoal to repel those skeeter bugs.

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7. If you’ve got a mosquito problem in your yard, try planting marigolds. They hate ’em.

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The same goes for Thai lemongrass.

from godine

To use Thai lemongrass as a repellant for your body, pull a stalk off, rub it between your palms until it’s a mushy glop, and smear on your body, Rambo-style.

There are other options for natural insect repellants.

Essential oils have many great uses.

from perfectskincare

When diluted with carrier oils, they can make terrific insect repellants. The following is a list of essential oils and the bugs they repel.

  • cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
  • lemon eucalyptus or regular eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
  • rose geranium (ticks and lice)
  • citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
  • castor oil (mosquitoes)
  • orange oil (fleas)
  • peppermint oil (mosquitos and fleas)
Essential oils can be very strong, and should be diluted before contact with skin. Safe carrier oils you can use to dilute the essential oils with are:
  • jojoba
  • grapeseed
  • olive
  • sunflower
  • avocado
You can also use certain alcohol bases as well, including:
  • vodka
  • witch hazel
Below are a couple of basic natural insect repellants to keep you insect-free.

from mistakesaregoodies

Practically Foolproof Insect Repellant Option 1

  • 20 drops lavender or peppermint oil
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

Combine in a jar, shake it up, dab or spray on exposed skin.

Practically Foolproof Insect Repellant Option 2

  • 20 drops lavender
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

Combine in a jar, shake it up, dab or spray on exposed skin.

suck it, martha.

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