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My Homemade DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent


Author: Sandra C.
Skill: Herbalist
Date: 08-04-2014
Views: 5,891
Word Count: 196
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 10001-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes

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I was looking for something to repel ticks and mosquitoes. So I distilled Lemon Balm (Melissa) floral water using a stainless steel, 7-gallon distiller. To the Melissa hydrosol I added Eucalyptus Blue at 1/2 to 1% (both dilutions have worked). Then I let this synergize for 2 days.

We have two fields with a path between them. I sprayed the area with a fine mist sprayer and then went to sit there at 10 p.m. And I have got to tell you that nothing bit me, and the fields are beside a creek! This stuff works like a charm!

The next night I instead sprayed "Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent" (containing the active ingredient DEET). It helped, but I still got bitten. I was told that Melissa is 10 times stronger than DEET without having a drop of DEET in it.

We have continued to use my hydrosol concoction in the woods and have never yet come out with a tick. The only things we have found that it does not work on are flies and gnats. Everything else in this area seems to be covered by it (even those little black things we refer to as flying teeth).


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