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#1 of 6 Old 06-27-2011, 06:39 PM - Thread Starter
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What is your recipe?


I read that lavender EO works great. I mixed some with water in a spray bottle but we are still getting ate up. My poor baby boy is sweet like me. The bugs love us.


I have lavender, clove, tea tree and eucalyptus oils currently on hand. I also grow lavender, lemon balm, mint and chamomile. Does anyone have any simple ways of using any of these thay work?

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Lemon Eucalyptus rocks! Not lemon and eucalyptus thought... i usually mix it with a carrier oil  and rub it on thick before hiking. if you're going to be in the open sunlight that might be a problem though...

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We use citronella EO. I mix it with witch hazel for a spray application, but you could put it in oil too, I guess. I do about 20 or 30 drops per oz of witch hazel. add whatever else to make it smell better, I usually add lemon balm.

At any rate, don't put lavender EO on your boy anymore until you do some research. I'm under the impression that lavender is a hormone disruptor and increases estrogen production in males, especially kids. Check for yourself, I think i read the study a few years ago... Maybe 2007?

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Vitamin B12 works well for people who are loved by the bugs.  I don't know about using it with kids, though.  For myself, though, it greatly reduced my bites and doesn't smell.

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I do not make my own but have been using All Terrain Herbal Armor.


We camp at least 1 weekend per month from April to December and it's been great!  One bottle lasted me two seasons.

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I use 2 parts citronella to 1 part eucalyptus, patchouli, lavender, and rosemary, then dilute in a few ounces of cheap vodka for spraying.  The alcohol makes the EO's smell stronger.  :)  I have no idea how well it works on "sweet people," as mosquitos usually avoid me anyway, but it smells nice, anyway.  

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