June 28, 2022
June 28, 2022
What IS that scent? That aroma of ‘bug repellent’? WHY do bug sprays smell like that…. even chemical based candles smell like a citrusy pungent sharp blast?
Eucalyptus citriodora has a very similar scent and is often used in cleaning. It’s better around pets and safer on skin. Citronella is best for adding to candle wax or in a diffuser, less on the skin. Heavily diluted if skin contact.
Patchouli and Lemongrass work on skin in a pinch too. Try dabbing a drop on the backs of your knees and inner elbow as you set up that tent or prepare the back yard for a BBQ. The mosquitoes will avoid you!
“Citronella oil is an essential oil obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon. The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol. …Wikipedia”
Keep this variety away from your pets, as it can be toxic as a plant. Use it sparingly around animals and if they remove themselves from the room altogether, let that be a sign it is too intense for them!
This is not an ingestible oil. Besides the fact I think it would taste terrible..
What if you happen to make a bug spray and it goes in your (or child’s mouth)? I don’t think you have to worry. Swish the mouth with some coconut oil and that will immediately change the flavor and remove the oil. Don’t use water!
Here’s a quick spray idea:
1 oz spray bottle
30 mL (1 oz) Geranium or Lavender hydrosol (or distilled water)
6-15 drops Citronella oil
1 tsp vodka or vinegar (w)
Swirl & spray: lawn furniture, tents, sleeping bags, clothing, anything you desire to repel bugs and deter them from your fun!
Peace, love & healthy skin!