Bug off, nicely

June 24, 2014

A better insect repellent

For many of us, summer means mosquitoes, black flies and other annoying pests. Most commercial repellents contain Deet as their active ingredient. It’s approved by Health Canada, but with some cautionary words – like “prolonged use should be avoided in children under the age of 12.” (More from Health Canada here.)

If you’d prefer an alternative you can make yourself with a few basic ingredients, here’s a recipe courtesy of Green Ideas subscriber Dab Napthine in Nova Scotia:

  • In a 16 oz bottle, combine 15 drops lavender oil, 3-4 tablespoons of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Fill bottle with water
  • Shake!

Voila – ready to use as a topical spray! Thanks for the tip Dab!


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