Ahhh, for those of you heading someplace warm, here are some tips and recipes for keeping your peace and keeping those bugs at bay ...
1. Change your scent - garlic and B vitamins help - bananas do not. Breathe long, smile deep - chilled out state releases less smelly stress hormones and odour.
2. Wear long sleeved shirts and bandana with bug repellant. For your health and the health of our environment I advocate choosing non-toxic, carcinogen-free products. Summer Survivor is a Catnip based bug spray that is DEET free, smells good and works great.
3. For those of you with access to essential oils here are two recipes you may like:
Insect Repellant Recipe: 6 drops of Peppermint, 6 drops of Tea Tree and 9 drops of Eucalyptus. Dilute in spray bottle and use as needed.
Insect Bite Relief: 3 drops Thyme, 30 drops lavender, 12 drops Eucalyptus and 9 drops Chamomile. Do not dilute this one - one or two drops on the bite is all you need.
FYI - If you are looking for good quality essential oils check out The Healthy Families - Healthy Homes menu on my Home page - has a link to accessing oils at wholesale prices from the aromatherapy company that I predominantly use in my work.
OK, I feel I would be withholding information from you if I didn't let you also know about the R30 Universal Ointment - it is a homeopathic ointment that has been around for many years - my clients and my family swear by it (and refuse to go to Summer Camp without it (-: ) --- it works very well in helping you keep your sanity in mosquito country and has many helpful uses being a great addition to a first aid/travel kit. Can help heal dry lips, cracked skin, sore muscles/joints, itchy bites, cuts and scrapes. I place an order a couple times per year. If interested you can call the office to get in on the next order - 403 609-8385.