Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Potent Herbal Remedy for an Insect Repellent

Summer is coming and so are the insects. If you haven't already experienced them this year, I am sure you will at some point. So if you don't want bites and hitch hikers, here is a great recipe to help prevent that. Make it now before the real heat comes on.  I picked up this recipe from Bulk Herb. There aren't too many ingredients, maybe you could go together with some friends and buy the herbs, if you don't have them already.

Vinegar of the 4 Thieves
2 quarts - apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons - lavender
2 tablespoons - rosemary
2 tablespoons - sage
2 tablespoons - wormwood
2 tablespoons - mint
2 tablespoons - fresh, chopped garlic

Combine dried herbs (except garlic) and vinegar in a one-gallon jar with lid, and soak in the sun for 2 weeks, shaking often. Then strain out the used herbs, and retain the herbal liquid mixture. Add several cloves of crushed garlic, and close lid. Let soak for three days, and strain out the garlic fiber and discard. This liquid tincture needs to be stored in a cool place, like the refrigerator, or it can be preserved by canning. Fill canning jar with boiling liquid tincture to within one-half inch of top. Cap with rubber seal canning lid, tighten ring, and turn hot jar upside down; leave it undisturbed until it cools to room temperature. This will cause the jar to seal. Don’t forget to date and label it.

The Vinegar of the Four Thieves is a super-strong insect repellent. It should be diluted with water to half strength if you spray it directly on your skin. This repellent can be used many ways. Splashed on your socks or shoes will discourage ticks, chiggers, and mites. An herbal cloth kept in your pocket and rubbed on your skin every hour or so would be very beneficial during outdoor work or recreation. Or, a nightly bath with a little herbal vinegar and oil will keep it on your skin for many hours and could prove helpful for families who live in the country or while out on camping trips.
The name of the repellent was started following the Black Plague. Thieves would steal from people who had the plague, but for some reason they never got sick. They found out that they applied these herbs to themselves hoping to keep from getting sick and it worked.

4 comments:

Lorentzen Family said...

I wonder what you smell like after applying it???? You just might ward of humans too...LOL!

Lanita said...

Jennifer, you might be right...but I would risk it I think to keep the critters off of me:)

Lorentzen Family said...

At least once, right? Joshua always gets bit by flees, even when no one else does...Right now his legs are covered in bites...I may have to try this...

Lanita said...

Jennifer, I put a recipe for another insect repellent on the blog. The ingredients are ones we usually have around the house, except maybe the witch hazel which is readily available at any drug store (Costco might even have it). You might want to try both to see which one works the best.

We have a lot of problems with insect bites on the girls and now with ticks on the dog, I want to find something that will work for all of us. Let me know how they work for you.