The many wonders of essential oils continue!

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I made a bug spray a while ago with some citronella and tea tree. If you have ever smelled those two oils, you know how crazy strong that spray smelled! So I started doing some research and found a few more oils to add, and also repel more types of insects.

I started using this on my lil dachshund to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes out here in the woods around home or for use when we go for a hike. It’s safe enough to use on our skin, baby’s skin, and lil Tucker. When we got our chickens, I sprayed this on them as well. They roll around and make a “dust bath” to clean themselves off and eat the bugs, but because they can’t possibly get all of them, and just to keep them less irritated, I sprayed them. It ruffled their feathers a bit at first, but they were happy afterward.

If you want to try this out for yourself or your little ones (animal or human) :), play around with some of these oils and don’t you dare toss it if you don’t like the scent! Just add some other oils till you get a pleasing-ish scent. I’d start out with just a little at a time so it’s not too strong. And the first time you put it on yourself or anyone else, just dab a tiny bit to make super sure there won’t be any reaction to anything you used.

My bug spray is made with these oils (in a carrier oil-I think I used olive oil…you can also use alcohol, witch hazel, and vinegar), because they repel these insects…

  • citronella- mosquitoes, ants, fleas…
  • tea tree-ย mosquitoes, ants…
  • eucalyptus- mosquitoes, fleas…
  • peppermint- mosquitoes, ants, ticks…
  • lavender- mosquitoes, ticks…
  • lemon- mosquitoes, fleas…

Not only has it effectively repelled fleas and ticks (even on my low-rider puppy who likes to roll in piles of leaves & grass & things in the woods), but also mosquitoes…and more recently, ANTS! This killed the ants on contact, and has continued to repel them for a little over a week so far! It is safe enough to spray on your counters and all over the kitchen. But as always, each body may respond differently, be careful with essential oils if you’re pregnant or nursing (as with everything else!), and I don’t really suggest anyone drinking the bottle…although I’m not sure there would really be any horrible side-effects if you got it in your mouth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you have other oils, google the names along with “repel insects” or whatever specific insect you’d like to repel. There are so many uses for each oil, and with their powers combined, they are Captain Planet!!! work even better! ๐Ÿ˜‰

New Developments on Baconbits Ranch…

I just gotta say how amazing it is to grow our own food. Not only will we eventually not depend on the store for every little thing, we’ll know that our food/food growers are treated with care and we’ll know exactly what’s in/on our food. What’s IN the chickens is anything they find on the ground in the woods where they live (bugs, plants, grass) and what’s on our veggies is NO pesticides.

If we have any problems with bugs eating our plants this year, we are armed with a hot pepper spray, and other options as well. (I’ve used cinnamon and garlic as pest control in the past.) Hopefully, that will do the trick for whatever is trying to eat them…and if not, we’ll continue to research and pick farmers’ brains about what to do naturally. I love that we will have fewer chemicals entering our bodies through our mouths and skin.

We also have a huge big-top tent for part of the garden this year. Last year, we had a bigger garden than the year before, and it was our first in the ground in NC. (We had previously lived in apartments and used the container gardening method.) We had a huge problem with animals eating our food! The squirrels, rabbits, and deer ate just about all our tomatoes and every single last Brussels sprout (I checked…that spelling is correct) ๐Ÿ˜‰ on our healthy, 3-5 ‘ plants. Huge bummer. SO, we’ve armed ourselves with the circus tent and are hoping this will work much better! If not, we will be having squirrel stew! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We are also toying with the idea of a small greenhouse.

Here’s to learning as we go!!!