Growing up in the northeast and still residing here to this day, in my opinion there is no better time of year than summertime. I love the warm weather and seem to thrive when I can get some time in the sun. When the winter months come, I seem to want to hibernate. My goal is to one day live in a place where I can enjoy the sunshine and outdoors all year long.
To me, aside from the cold weather, the fact that we spend most of the time in the dark during the winter months really takes a toll on me. I get depressed more easily and my PMS seems worse!
The only thing that is a bummer during the summer is all the bugs. There is nothing more annoying than wanting to relax on the backyard hammock and get a little sun but not being able to because I am being eaten alive by all the bugs. UGH!
But, I have a solution for all of you active summertime people like myself. Since my breast cancer diagnosis and decision to eliminate all things harming from my diet and healthcare regime, I no longer put chemicals on my body. I have discovered that a mix of essential oils will keep the bugs away. No kidding. The bug spritz recipe below even keeps mosquitos away from my husband who seems to attract mosquitos like crazy.
There is no reason to stay inside anymore. Stand up to those pesky bugs. Enjoy the summer sunshine (not forgetting to be careful about too much exposure to the sun!)
The best thing about this bug spritz is that it is all natural and it smells good too. There is no damaging deet to contend with either. I love that I can find a cute little spray bottle to mix it up in. You can get creative and make your own ingredient labels to put on the bottle too!
All Natural Bug Spritz
12 ounces of pure water
1 tsp natural vegetable glycerin
25 drops each of the following essential oils: Citronella, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Geranium
5 drops of tea tree oil
Combine all of the ingredients in the spray bottle of your choice. Shake well before each use. You can adjust the mix of the oils to create the scent that you like.
Let me know what you think!