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While tending my garden the other day, I was viciously attacked by these little monsters. Mosquitoes can be such a nuisance during the summer. They make it difficult to enjoy outdoor activities.

Commercial bug repellants use Deet as their active which will kill these pests by paralyzing their nervous system. However, did you know that these repellants can also dissolve plastic and paint? So why on earth would we spray this on our skin? Deet has been know to cause skin irritations, mood swings, and impair cognitive functions. And the smell…. ugh!

Luckily, there are some natural solutions… here is one of them. There are certain scents that bugs don’t like, but are pleasing to us – lavender, vanilla, rosemary, clove, and lemongrass are among them. Use this recipe to keep the bugs away naturally.

20 drops of essential oil (whichever scent you like best)
4 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients in a 16 oz. spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake to combine. Spray freely on your arms, legs, and any other exposed skin. You can even spray this mixture on your clothing for extra protection.

Hope this helps to keep those bug bites away. Enjoy!