Homemade bug repellent for summer

Summer is the season when the bugs are out. Aside from being pesky and irritating, bugs can also carry bacteria and even poisons that we don’t want to come into contact with. Buying insect repellent from the store is usually the go-to solution but this can also be harmful to our health. DEET is found in most store-bought insect repellents and can cause rashes, skin irritations and has even been linked to neurological problems.

You can keep the bugs away and look after your health with our homemade bug repellent recipe. It’s all natural and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It may smell strong at first, but this will disappear as it dries. We recommend applying it several times a day, to keep the bugs away.

  • 1 litre apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of each dried herb: sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint
  • 1-1.5 litre glass jar with an airtight 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 a 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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