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Organic Bug Spray

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2007-01-16 01:38:26     
Article by Denice Moffat

You can purchase an herbal bug spray called Buzz Away in your local health food store. A little goes a long way, and it’s quite effective. The animals don’t really like it and try to get away from it when you spray it on their fur or on their herbal flea collars, but during tick season, it’s worth it. They don’t like the chemical flea and tick sprays either!

I think all bug sprays intercede with our pet’s sense of smell, but Buzz Away sure does seem to work well in keeping the mosquitoes and ticks off. I spray some on my pant legs before I walk through the forest or to go berry picking to repel the ticks and mosquitoes.

If you want to make your own safe, natural, insect repellent spray though (or use it as a very inexpensive room deodorizer like we do) here’s a recipe for you:

Organic Bug Spray

2 ½ teaspoons total of any combination of the following essential oils (I carry the Starwest Botanical brand which is high-quality and reasonably priced):

• Sweet Basil
• Juniper
• Palmarosa
• Citronella
• Rosemary
• Rose Geranium
• Myrrh
• Cedar wood
• Pine
• 1/2 cup 190 proof Grain Alcohol (or any clear alcohol)
• 1/2 cup Distilled Water

Please note that none of these oils should be applied to the skin “neat” (that means undiluted in the essential oil world.) They are all skin irritants, so make sure you dilute them with the water and/or alcohol (they call it EverClear® in Montana)

Optional: I’ve also used about 20 drops of essential oil in a 4 ounce spritz bottle and, instead of alcohol; I’ve filled the bottle up with distilled water. It seems to work just fine. Shake well before using though, as it is an oil and water blend.

Dr. Denice Moffat is a practicing naturopath, medical intuitive, and veterinarian working on the family unit (which includes humans and animals) through her phone consultation practice established in 1995.

Specialized in: Naturopath - Naturopath Moscow - Naturopath Moscow Idaho - Alternative Medicine Idaho - Alternative Medicine Moscow Idaho
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