I love flowers. They truly bring me joy. One of my favorite parts about my morning walk is listening to the birds sing their songs as I stroll the neighborhood looking at what's blooming in town.
My yard is full of blooming beauties right now. Do you know what else is out there? Bugs -- more specifically, those darn mosquitoes!
I usually make a DIY insect repellent. I have been doing this for years, making a concoction of Lemongrass, Rose Geranium, Cedarwood & Citronella Essential Oils added to vodka. It is fairly effective.
One of my friends told me that she read that lavender repels these itch-inducers, so I wanted to research that more. If I can save time, then I am all for it.
I took to Google and found 228,000 results for the search "lavender natural mosquito repellent."
Sure enough, there seems to be quite a bit of anecdotal evidence out on this. We have been spending a great deal of time outside. Our backyard is shady and we get pretty buggy at night. I bought potted lavender and set it in our outdoor area near the fire pit. I then added lavender essential oil to the seat cushions on the Adirondack chairs.
Another addition? Relaxing Blend Body Oil from (seed). Really? Yes, really! This is not a bug spray. It was not made as a bug spray, marketed as a bug spray. It does not smell like a bug spray. To be clear, this is NOT bug spray. It is, as we know, a lovely spritz on body oil. It is lightweight and smells so heavenly that you just FEEL relaxed and it makes your skin so soft. I sprayed our oil on my arms and legs -- and also on my boys -- before we headed outside. It gave our skin extra moisture, we smelled great, AND in our experience, found that we walked inside without being bitten. We usually walk in itching and looking for the Calamine lotion.
I just wanted to share our personal experience. For us, we found that the lavender theory really did work AND we smelled great, had silky skin and were ITCH FREE! Have you tried lavender to repel bugs?