“Cute as a bug.”

In this big, beautiful world of ours where we’re now busy surrounding ourselves with toxins, it might be a good idea to cut back on such things whenver possible.  One place we can easily do this is with insect repellent.  It is so easy to make your own at home.

A quick search of the Internet reveals that there are at least a thousand, simple recipes.  I love to exaggerate!  One of the common threads that run through these recipes, after you’ve read through a couple dozen looking for a common thread, is peppermint essential oil.  Another is lavender essential oil.  If you have either of these (pronounced with a long e sound or long i sound depending on where you’re from and/or how many people you’re trying to impress) you’re in business.  If not, you can go to numerous places to purchase such ingredients or even do it online.  Life is filled with choices!


peppermint or lavender essential oil, 30 drops

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1/2 cup coconut oil


Mix together in a jar.  Pour into a spray bottle.  Amen


Because of my incredible photographic skills the label on the spray bottle seems to say UG PRA.  Whatever.

Another essential oil that’s highly recommended is lemongrass, but there are cautions about using it on children.  Because of my maturity level I’m not taking any chances.

Happy Summer!

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Timely since my research field season around ponds and streams is beginning! I wanted to pass along a rabbit, chipmunk deterrent from eating vegetable and flowering plants experiment I’m trying based on a friend’s recommendation.

    Place several crushed cloves of garlic (I think I did 5), tbsp lemon juice and tbsp of either cayenne or red pepper chili flakes) in a gallon of water. Steep for 2-3 days and strain into a spray bottle. Spray plants every few days or daily after a rain. Data letter, but I recommend washing lettuce, spinach, micro greens after spraying before eating based on preliminary results.


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