The worst thing about summer heat is mosquitoes! Specifically, their obsession with draining me of all of my blood. I have always suffered from the pesky biters. I can be with a group of people and be one of the few that will end up covered in bites. And not just bites, the bites end up looking like hives on me. I had a doctor once tell me that mosquitoes are attracted to anyone with O positive blood type. I guess that sums up why the kids and I that share the same blood type all end up as dinner course whenever we go outside.
The only relief is bug spray. But with all the DEET concerns, I don’t want to regularly keep myself covered in that stuff. And definitely not my kids either.
Just so happens that I was recently introduced to beauty berries. They grow wild here in Florida and can be used to make jam. And as a natural insect repellent. You can read all about it here. We are lucky enough to have a few bushes growing beside our driveway. Unfortunately, I couldn’t gather enough to make a jam, but I’m thinking of adding enough strawberries to hopefully get at least a pint size jar.
I got a recipe to make my own bug spray from a local homesteader using beauty berries.
Beauty Berry Bug Spray
leaves from beauty berry bush
fresh basil leaves
fresh mint leaves
Get a pot of water and take off stove top right before it begins to boil.
Steep the leaves until the water completely cools.
Once the water completely cools, strain out the leaves.
Pour into a spray bottle and label.
I’ve only had a chance to use the repellent once so far but I sprayed my legs only. I went out to feed the chickens which is when I normally get attacked. Once I came back inside, I noticed a few bites on my arms but none on my legs!! That’s enough proof for me.