We all love summer – there’s no question about it – the wind in our hair, the sun on our skin…it’s incredible! But the one downfall? Bugs! From mosquitos to spiders and even ticks, bugs are a big concern in many parts of the world – and protecting ourselves from itchy bug bites is a must. JR and I have been spending a lot of time outdoors in our new home in Greenwich, so we’ve been looking into better ways to repel bugs and mosquitos so we can enjoy our time with the kids in the yard and out by the pool. Even though there’s loads of chemical-based bug repellent out there, there’s definitely something to be said for natural fragrances that help repel bugs, don’t you agree? Not sure what you can use as a natural bug repellent? Here are a few great ideas.
This natural oil is super fragrant – and you’ll probably recognize it’s light scent as it’s often used in commercial bug repellents and candles. Originating in a southern Asian grass, the citronella oil has been used for years to help repel mosquitos and other pesky summer insects.
Such a beautiful purple plant, lavender smells great too. Often used in soaps, perfumes, natural oils – you name it – lavender can be easily grown indoors and out with some sun and water. One of the best parts of lavender is not just its ability to repel bugs, it also has natural calming properties that can help provide aromatherapy in an instant.
Not only is peppermint delicious, but as it turns out bugs really don’t like it’s fragrant scent. If you grow peppermint in your yard or even in your indoor herb garden, just grab a few leaves, crush them up and rub the sweet fragrance on your skin.
Those are a few of my favorites, but it turns out there are a bunch more natural fragrances out there that will get the job done when it comes to repelling summer mosquitos and other pesky insects. Here’s a few additions – keep these on hand and keep bugs at bay.
Have you tried any of these natural fragrances for repelling bugs?