Home made bug spray for summer

It’s summer time so many of us might be spending the better portion of our days outdoors. While it’s important to get outside, connect to nature and enjoy the fresh air we must also keep the bugs away! Many bugs including mosquitoes, flies and spiders carry bacteria and even poisons that we certainly don’t want to share. On the other hand, store-bought insect repellents that contain DEET can cause rashes, skin irritations and has even been linked to neurological problems. Whether you experience irritations to your skin or not, it’s always better to use natural methods for common problems. The recipe below is a very strong mixture that has antiviral and antibacterial properties. While it may smell quite strongly at first, it will disappear as it dries. Apply several times a day and get ahead of the bugs!

• 1 litre apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons of each dried herb: sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint
• 1-1.5 litre jar with air tight lid

1. Pour the vinegar into the glass jar and add the dried herbs
2. Seal tightly and store in an open space such as your kitchen for 2-3 weeks
3. After 2-3 weeks strain the herbs and store in the fridge

1. Pour half of the repellent into spray or tincture bottle and fill the rest with water
2. Spray or rub into the skin as needed
3. Store the rest until you need to replenish your supply

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