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Anyone make their own insect repellant?
September 12, 2011
4:51 am
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KristiL
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We just got back from camping in the woods and I made some for the trip.  8 oz of water and 1 tsp each lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils.  It didn't keep them entirely away but it was a lot better.  I will say that it did need to be reapplied a couple of times throughout the day since it was hot out and we were all sweating.  But I was very happy with the results and love the fact that it's a natural alternative!

January 11, 2012
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I know it is the middle of winter, but it looks as if it is going to be a short one and I want to get a jump on the fleas this season.  Any good flea killin' recipes that are safe for the animals?

I'd like something that I could sprinkle on the rugs as well as the animals. Diatomateous earth (sp?) is what I'd like for the rugs but cannot find a cheap source. Around here all that is available is something for swimming pool filters. I've heard that won't work because it is too fine. Any suggestions for buying bulk? But not too bulk. I don't want it by the ton although I may need it. 

Any other recipes or suggestions for sprays or soaps (homemade, hopefully) would be appreciated.

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.  Ogden Nash

January 12, 2012
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Just google diatomaceous earth. I've started researching this too and am going to try this for the fleas. Frontline just didn't work that well last year. I do know we need to look for food grade DE and to use a mask when applying it. When I do try it, I'll post back on how effective it is. I'd like to see your opinion too when you try this.  pawprint pawprint pawprint

January 12, 2012
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I don't worry about bug bites anymore, since I discovered purslane. Just squish a leaf and rub on bite and forget about it, permanently! Works very well. Now I don't even use bug spray at all and we have a very large amount of mosquitoes! I have purslane growing all over the place so it's always handy for any bites I get while working outside and I make purslane salve now too.

It grows all over the place. I'm sure you have it there and just pull it like a weed and toss it out. I love it!!

You can also eat it. It's good fresh in salad, especially in the afternoon or later when it's not so tart.

I wrote a blog post about it last year. It's HERE if you want to see it. It has become one of my favourite herbs now! I saved seed from wild ones last fall for the first time. I plan to plant a wheel barrow full of it this spring!

Sheryl - sherylgallant.blogspot.com - providence-acres.blogspot.com

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."  - 1 Thes. 4:11

June 9, 2012
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I want to try vanilla water as a mosquito repellent. Saw it on tv. Not sure what ratios are. Guessing about 1/4 vanilla to 3/4 water in a spray bottle. Has anyone tried this?

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June 12, 2012
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1 tsp vanilla to 1 cup water. ( found it on a past post ) I know the skeeters will be out on the 4th of July! Now I’ll be ready for em.machine-gun

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