My Dears,

The height of summer’s heat is behind us. Mornings and nights are definitely cooler. That means spiders and other creepy crawlies are seeking a warm place for the winter. And our homes are the best lodgings to be had.

One way to deal with spider invasions is to prevent them. I prefer to use the power of essential oils to make my own spider/insect repellant.

I rounded up a list of essential oils insect repellants from several aromatherapy books. And if pregnant or nursing, or suffering from an ailment, research the effects of the oils before using and always consult your health care provider and/or aromatherapist. Here’s the list:

  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus (has a slight estrogen-like effect on the body)
  • Geranium (avoid in early stages of pregnancy)
  • Lemongrass
  • Clove

Of course, the recipe I use remains a closely guarded family secret. However, here is a good one from the site MountainRoseHerbs.com.

HERBAL INSECT REPELLANT

1/2 teaspoon citronella essential oil
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
4 ounces distilled witch hazel

Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray bottle. Shake well. Spray onto exposed skin, avoiding eyes and mucous membranes. Reapply every 2 hours, or as needed.

My Notes:

  • 1/2 teaspoon = approx 50 drops
  • This mixture can also be sprayed around the house, especially in the places where a spider might enter the home. It can also be sprayed outside the home near entrances and windows. Be careful when spraying in conspicuous areas of fabrics, furniture, window drapes, and walls.
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