Spring is finally springing here in Minnesota! We all know what that means... bugs! This recipe works for me, my family, and friends that tested it.
If you don’t have some of the herbs listed, that’s okay. You can make it with just lemon balm. I do think the synergy of all of them makes for the best results though.
Without further ado here is the recipe!
5 tablespoons of dried lemon balm or a 1/2 cup of fresh lemon balm
8 ounces of Witch Hazel
1 drop basil essential oil (optional)
2 drops citronella essential oil (optional)
1 drop lemongrass essential oil (optional)
8 ounce glass jar with lid
Witch Hazel Extract
Stuff the jar full of your lemon balm, then pour witch hazel extract over them, almost to the top. Cap the jar and set it in a cool, dark cupboard for a week or two. Strain and store away from excessive heat and light.
When you’re ready to mix up a fresh batch of spray, fill a small glass spray bottle or mister half way with the infused witch hazel and the rest of the bottle with distilled water. At this point if you may want to add some bug repelling essential oils to boost the strength. Again, while you don't need the essential oils, it does enhance its effectiveness in my opinion,
1 drop basil essential oil
2 drops citronella essential oil
1 drop lemongrass (or more citronella) essential oil
If you’re pregnant, nursing, or have chronic health issues, research each essential oil and consult a qualified professional for further guidance on usage for your condition before use. Screw the spritzer top onto the glass bottle and shake well.
Spray on and around you as needed for bug control, shaking thoroughly before each application. This combination will last an average of one to two hours, keeping gnats and mosquitoes away, before needing to be reapplied, and depending on bug load and body chemistry. This spray is intended for people, not pets.
Once you’ve mixed up a batch with water, store in the refrigerator and use within 1 week. The remaining undiluted witch hazel will last about six months.
You can pick up all necessary ingredients in our store located at 1919 2nd Ave, Anoka MN 55303