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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Dermatologist's Office: Homemade Insect Repellant Recipe

~Submitted by Jan~

I've worked for dermatologists for 15 years. Study's haveshown that Eucalyptus, lemmon, and soybean oil are effective repellants. One caution would be a reminder that lemon juiceand lime juice on the skin in the sun can cause burns,called Photophyto dermatitis. Be careful about using lemon juice in your recipes.

Here's my favorite:

Basic Insect Repellant:
In a bottle, mix 4 drops of eucalptus, 4 drops of lavender,4 drops of resemary,4 drops of tea tree essential oils with1 teaspoon of witch hazel and 4 teaspoons of water. Shakemixture and apply directly to skinBug spray variation: Add the same mixture of oils to 2teaspoons of witch hazel and 8 oz. of water. Put this in aspray bottle and shake. Spray this directly on the skin. Oil rub down variation: Add the same mixture of oils to 5teaspoons of olive oil. Rub the mixture into your skin.Other bug spray tips: Spray deet bug spray to clothes andnatural ingredients to skin. Shower or bathe after comingindoors, as bug sprays do not leave skin, and must be washedoff to remove (especially for sensitive skin).

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