I seem to always get bitten in the garden. The Plantain Anti-Itch Balm seems to be working on those. Hubby even reported he used it on his tick bites and it has helped heal them.
Well, in a perfect world, I’d like not to get bitten in the first place so I wouldn’t need the balm. When I go out to work in the garden or even harvest the blueberries when they come in season, I usually spray myself with the regular bug sprays but I am concerned about what I’m putting on my skin.
I recently attended a seminar with Pam Jones of Nature’s Glory of Hazelton, Indiana. She had several recipes for “bug busters” so I just had to make one of them. I found out later they are from “The Creative Herbal Home” by Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox, a book I’m currently reading.
This is really easy and made with stuff you probably have around the house. So let’s get started!
I harvested a bowl of lemon balm which I crushed and stuffed into my quart jar. I added some of my Grosso lavender from last year’s harvest. Then they were covered with apple cider vinegar.
Shake or stir every day for 7 days. Then strain out the herbs. I used a knee-hi stocking. My old supply of them from dress up days sure come in handy.
Now pour this strained liquid into a spray bottle.
And there you have your Lemon Balm Lavender Bugs Off Spray.
But now to test it. This was pretty scary. What if it doesn’t work? I will be all eaten up again! But I had faith and for the past two days I sprayed my clothing and my exposed arms. I even had Hubby spray the back of my shirt.
The first day I went down to the slope garden to work. Due to all of the rain we’ve had, this is a place for potential bug bites more than some of the other garden beds I work in. I noticed that a mosquito thought about landing on my arm but then left. I had another land on my shirt and then quickly jump off. After that I was alone in the garden. Yesterday I worked in a bed out front and no problems.
I can’t guarantee it will work for you, but it looks like it does for me so far. It does need to be reapplied often so I sprayed myself again after an hour of garden work. For me that’s a good thing since I really have a hard time taking a break. Now I’ll have to take time out.
If you try this, I’d love to hear your results. Or you have a homemade recipe for keeping the bugs off, I’d love to hear it.
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