Summer’s great and all, but there is one thing that comes with summer that I could totally live without; bugs!
As a child, my family always went camping for two weeks in the summer and we took it pretty seriously. Picture tents, sleeping bags, freshly caught fish cooked over a fire and outhouses.
The Taylor’s did not believe in Glam-ping, oh no! There were no air mattresses under our sleeping bags and I’m fairly certain the closest I came to showering during these two weeks was splish-splashing in the nearby river or lake.
It sounds a little dirty and a bit hardcore, but these camping trips make up the memories of my childhood. Besides, what kid doesn’t love a good bonfire and waking when the sun comes up?
I must admit, I didn’t love sleeping on the earth. Mother Nature ain’t no Tempur Pedic. One other issue, I got mauled by mosquitos.
Let me put things in perspective for you. I have 3 sisters, a mom and dad and a dog. Of all those beings, only I would be noshed on by squeeters.
Those tiny little dickheads would give me a nip and within seconds my freshest bite mark would be blowing up to the size of dinner plate.
Don’t think I didn’t swim in bug repellent because I sure as sin did. It just didn’t matter. They loved my blood. In fact, on more than one of our camping trips I ended up in the local hospital getting high grade anti-itch/healing lotions to slather all over my swollen, ravished body.
As I aged and started paying more attention to the products I was putting on my body, I was shocked to realize what was in the bug repellent I had been bathing myself in all my childhood. What’s more shocking is that all those toxic ingredients didn’t do a damn thing.
Homemade Bug Repellent
In an effort to kick all skin care chemicals to the curb, I’d like to share a simple and non-toxic homemade bug repellent with you. Actually, it’s more of a bug balm but it still does the trick and that’s all my squeeter-hatin’-skin cares about!
Here’s what you are going to need:
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Beeswax
- 25 drops Citronella Essential Oil
- 15 drops each of Rosemary, Cedarwood, Lemongrass and Tea Tree Essential Oils
*side note – you can usually find everything you need in a health food or natural foods store but there is a chance they might not stock all of the ingredients. I find it easiest to just order them online through a site like Amazon.com.
From there, simply follow these steps:
Step 1 – In a double boiler, bring your coconut oil and shea butter to their melting point. Add in your beeswax as you whisk frequently.
Step 2 – Remove melted mixture from heat and give it 5-10 minutes to cool down.
Step 3 – Add in your essential oils to the cooled mixture and give it a hearty stir so everything blends together perfectly. Pour the final contents into a clean jar and toss in your bag so you never do without!
Hot tip – Your homemade bug balm will melt if it becomes heated so be careful when opening up the jar!
Obviously prevention of bug bites is key, but for all those sneaky bastards that got by your awesome bug balm, try dabbing on a little Witch Hazel to soothe the itch.
Witch hazel will reduce the itch and heal the open wound so you’re less likely to scratch and pick at it, which could lead to scarring.
And just like that you have battled the bugs with your simple and chemical-free homemade bug repellent!
Are you a victim of murderous mosquitos in the summers? Share your terror attacks with me in the comment section below!