Most of the insect repellents you can buy in the store have harmful chemicals in them. Chemicals that are bad for our health and bad for the environment. The best way to keep the bugs away is with essential oils. They are extremely potent and effective for many different things. It's so important to be conscious about ticks and mosquitoes since they can carry many different diseases. There are many variations on the recipe to use for insect repellent. Here is one that was recommended to me which is effective against mosquitoes, bed bugs, black flies and ticks.
1 4-oz sprayer bottle (glass preferably)
12-15 drops Young Living Purification oil
5 drops Young Living Thieves
5 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops rose essential oil (optional for added tick protection)
4 oz purified water
This can be used on children, dogs, and of course adults. Be sure to use high quality oils to get the best results. The best quality oils I have found are from Young Living. I buy all my oils from them and they work very well.
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