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?

C I T R O N E L L A 

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!

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