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It seems to me, that every year I feel like the bugs come out bigger, badder, and stronger. Last year the grasshoppers ate my entire vegetable garden; but this year, I have plans to prevent any bug infestations from ruining any outdoor fun I want to have! I have created The Hippy Homemaker Bug-B-Gone candles and spray. The smell of this spray is absolutely wonderful and refreshing. We have even sprayed this spray on our picnic tables and blankets, to help keep the bugs off of our area. This spray works so well that I carry a bottle of it in my purse, just in case!
DEET is a toxic insecticide
Before my Hippy Homemaker days, I used to spray myself with those chemical bug repellents that contain Deet in them. Little did I know, I was covering my body in something more harmful than the bugs that it was repelling. According to Quantumhealth.com:
“DEET should be used with caution due to its possible damaging effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. Rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination. These findings are consistent with reported human symptoms following DEET's use by the military in the Persian Gulf War.
With heavy exposure to DEET and other insecticides, humans may experience memory loss, headache, weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, tremors and shortness of breath. These symptoms may not be evident until months or even years after exposure. The most severe damage occurs when DEET is used concurrently with other insecticides, such as permethrin, for prolonged and frequent periods of time. At this time, there is little information about the short-term, singular and occasional use of DEET. Further government testing of the chemical's safety is necessary. However, frequent and long-term use of DEET, especially in combination with other chemicals or medications, could cause brain deficits in vulnerable populations, particularly children.”
The Hippy Homemaker's Bug-B-Gone Candles
- 1 cups soy wax flakes
- 1 cup beeswax pastilles (or soy wax)
- soy wicks
- 100 drops citronella essential oil
- 80 drops Virginia cedarwood essential oil
- recycled containers to hold the candles
- In a double boiler (or mason jar in a pan of boiling water), melt the soy wax, stirring every so often.
- Set up the wick (some people like to put a little dab of glue on the bottom of it so that it stays in place better, but I usually just rest a chopstick on each side of it to hold it in place) inside of the container that you have chosen for your candle.
- Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and mix the essential oils into the soy wax.
- Pour the wax into the containers and let cool/harden. They're ready for use!
The Hippy Homemaker's Bug-B-Gone Spray
This blend is safe for use around children 6+ years of age or older due to the essential oils in this recipe! If you would like to make a kid-friendly bug repelling blend, try making my Bugs-B-Gone Jr. essential oil blend.
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable glycerin
- 4 oz. spray bottle
- 30 drops citronella essential oil
- 25 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops Virginia cedarwood essential oil
- 30 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 25 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Combine all the ingredients into the spray bottle
Shake well before use. Spray all over the body before heading outside to play! We take it with us and spray down our picnic blankets/tables and chairs with it too! It smells amazing and works great!