Welcome to Day #2 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Lauren of From Gate to Plate & Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching & Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables & more, all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day! Tune in each day & check out what each blogger is sharing (starting with Monday, May 12th & ending on Saturday, May 17th). We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas & giveaways!
My family absolutely loves being outside as much as humanly possible in the summer. We regularly go for walks, bike rides, picnics at the park, & hikes through the bluffs that surround my gorgeous city. Whenever the weather is decent, we enjoy dinners out on our tiny porch & we literally grill whenever we have the time. We try to go camping a few times a year, but because we’re kinda sensitive about the heat, we usually reserve most of our camping for the fall, when the conditions are much more pleasant. Because we spend so much time outdoors & because this area of the country seems like the world’s hotspot for breeding mosquitos, we are always prepared with bug spray galore!
I’m pretty picky about what we put on our skin, so this natural bug spray alternative is a lovely compromise. It keeps the bugs off of us, while not contributing harmful chemicals to the environment or our bodies. One such chemical that I like to avoid, but is in most bug repellants, is DEET. According to this site,
One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. DEET is used by an estimated one-third of the US population each year. Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse nuerological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats.
DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on wildlife and water sources in production and during use. DEET is toxic to birds and aquatic life. DEET has been found in approximately 75 percent of U.S. water sources, including the Mississippi River.
This recipe is a snap to throw together & costs way less than stocking up on store-bought bug spray. I also hate the smell of traditional bug sprays, so this natural version is much more tolerable.
- Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, &/or Mint
- Natural Witch Hazel
- Distilled or boiled Water
- Spray bottle
Fill the spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water. Add the witch hazel to fill almost to the top & then add 30-50 drops of essential oils of your desired scent (you can use whatever combination you like). The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.
Recipe taken from Wellness Mama
Still wanting more?! Check out the rest of the #KickOffToSummer2014 awesomeness & the incredible giveaway below!
Lemon Honey & Rosemary Grilled Chicken Skewers by From Gate to Plate
Sausage & Veggies Tinfoil Dinner by Summer Scraps
Baked Rosemary Garlic Fries by Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Homemade Natural Bug Spray by The Haas Machine
Memorial Day Festivities by Lil Huckleberries
Corn Cob Jelly by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Marshmallow Fruit Dip by Forty Eighteen
Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies by Lady Behind the Curtain
BBQ Invitation Printable by My Daylights
Rhubarb Crisp by Love in the Kitchen
Mixed Berry Sweet Rolls by Like Mother, Like Daughter
Liberty Embroidery Pattern by Bits of Ivory
Red White and Blue Trifle by We Like to Learn as We Go
Chickpea Tabouli by Food Lust People Love
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cookies by Life on Food
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