In this article, we’re going to take you through 2 easy to make repellant recipes that will range from balms to sprays to batters that include beeswax! This is where you’ll find the most variety in the recipes, but, as always, not to worry! Everything will still be easy to understand and explained through step-by-step processes!
1 – Repellant Recipe
For the very first recipe here in chapter three, you’ll be learning about a repellant that should be considered somewhat strong. You will even find, when applied through a spray-on application, its odor is quite strong, but it slowly disappears as time wears on. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty, deep woods or heavy camping
repellant, but still want to avoid the harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients you find in most store-bought sprays, then this is the perfect recipe for you! You should be able to go an hour or even an hour and thirty minutes before having to think about re-applying this repellant! Before getting started, you will want to gather the following materials:
- 32 ounces of apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoon of dried Sage
- 2 Tablespoons of Rosemary
- 2 Tablespoons of Lavender
- 2 Tablespoons of Thyme
- 2 Tablespoons of Mint
- One 32 ounce glass jar (or a bit bigger, if you’d like) with a lid that screws on tight and doesn’t leak Once you have all your materials, you can begin! First, combine the vinegar and all of your herbs into the jar.
2 Repellant Recipe
This is the perfect recipe for you if you especially love using dried or fresh herbs! Or, if you just so happen to have some lying around your house, this is where they’ll come in handy! The nice thing about using herbs in your bug repellant recipes is that you know the ingredients are all-natural and, depending on where you got your herbs, organic! This will put you at ease if you’re adamant about avoiding any harsh or toxic chemicals! To complete this recipe, first gather the following items:
- 1 liter distilled water
- 2 cups of witch hazel OR rubbing alcohol
- Dried herbs of your choice (just a few suggestions are spearmint, citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, or lavender; you can use as many dried herbs as you like and in any combination you prefer! That being said, it’s highly recommended to use at least one herb from the mint family to make the solution a bit stronger)
- One handful of dried cloves When all your materials are collected, begin first by boiling 5 cups of water and adding 5 Tablespoons of whatever dried herbs you’ve chosen. At this time, also add 4-5 fried cloves to the mix! Let this combination boil together for about ten minutes and then, turn off the heat and cover it. Now, let it sit until it’s completely cooled down. This could take some time! Remember, while the mixture is cooling, keep the lid in place as this will allow the strong oils and scents from the herbs to mix with the water. When your recipe is completely cooled off, separate the herbs, cloves and water by straining it out and then add 2 cups of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol (whichever you’ve chosen). Finally, store this mixture in a spray bottle and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Then, you’re finished! You will be happy to hear this repellant smells great and won’t make your skin itchy or irri- tated! Enjoy your new repellant!