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DIY: Natural bug repellent

The time for bugs is just around the corner. Keep them at bay with this homemade repellent!

One of the most common complaints about summer is the seemingly endless succession of bugs that both buzz and bite. It can be a tempting reason to avoid the outdoors altogether, but the health benefits of being outside can’t be matched.

Try making your own bug repellent with items fresh from the garden and around the house to help reduce your risk of being bit.

MATERIALS
4 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
4 Tbsp fresh lavender leaves, chopped
1 ½ cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol

DIRECTIONS
Purify the water by bringing it to a boil, then allow it to fully cool. Afterwards, bring water back to the boiling point and add the chopped mint and lavender leaves. Turn off heat, cover and allow the herbs to infuse with the water.

Once the water is fully cooled once more, remove the herbs. Add the rubbing alcohol to the cooled water. Apply as needed to help fend off black flies and mosquitoes.

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