Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bugs away as i enjoy my fun during my bbq session

I guess one of the thing that will keep good remembrance other than the food and laughter during BBQ session, would definitely be a mozzi bite.

Scratching and scratching - i must say it feels really irritating and uncomfortable.

Singapore is a summer all seasons thru the year environment hence this is one of the ideal state that our dear mosquito like to breed.

At The Caveman BBQ, we would like to share what we have research and know to our customers.

We are going to introduce HOME MADE (DIY) INSECT REPELLENT to you guys:

These self-created repellent can be more effective than the over the counter lotion or spray however you have to keep the habit of re-applying to ensure its effectiveness.

Essential oils (EO) had been known to be one of the strongest to keep these bugs away:

  1. Tea Tree
  2. Eucalyptus
  3. Lemon
  4. Lemongrass/Citronella
  5. Lavender
  6. Rosemary
  7. Geranium
  8. Peppermint
  9. Clove
Tea tree seems to work best against ticks, chiggers and deer flies, while citronella, lemon and eucalyptus are the best for fending off mosquitos and black flies. According to one study, geranium blended with peppermint is also a great combination to keep mosquitoes away. Remember that you should never use full strength EO directly on your skin; instead, they should be mixed with a carrier of some sort before being applied. You can add directly on your skin; instead, they should be mixed with a carrier of some sort before being applied. You can add a few oil daubs to outer clothing (like around the tops of your shoes), but only where they will not come into contact with skin.
Try to only use EO at a time, but if you're really intent on mixing scents, aim to keep them within the same scent family-- lemon can work with lemongrass, but smells downright rank when blended with eucalyptus. You can blend the latter with lavender, but sparingly. Lavender can work well with peppermint or rosemary, but use clove or tea tree oils on their own.

Repellent Spray #1 (Great for kids and pets)
  • Spray bottle (8oz or 10oz sizes work best)
  • Water
  • Witch hazel
  • Peppermint, clove, lavender, or lemongrass essential oil for small children, and lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree for older kids and pets. (Lemon and eucalyptus can irritate the skin of very young children)
What you'll need: 

Create a 50/50 mix of witch hazel and water, and add 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Spray on arms, legs, backs, and necks, and keep the wee ones away from heavily forested areas and stagnant water. If possible, treat the area in which they're going to be playing by smoking it out with cedar boughs, or by setting up bug traps to draw attention away from your loved ones.

Repellent Spray #2 (Stronger stuff, better for adults)

  • Spray bottle (8oz or 10oz sizes work best)
  • Water
  • Witch hazel
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Lemon, citronella, tea tree, rosemary, or eucalyptus essential oil
What you’ll need:
Create a 20:80 mix of water and witch hazel, add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, and 30 drops of essential oil. Hose yourself down with this stuff if you’re in an insect-heavy area, and re-apply when the scent starts to fade. Feel free to do a blend of lemon and eucalyptus, or tea tree with rosemary; if you have a negative skin reaction, or if you really don’t like the smell, discontinue use.

Repellent Lotion #1 (Child-friendly)

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 15 drops peppermint, lavender, or clove essential oil

Mix the two together and slather on your kid's arms, legs and other body parts exposed to the wild. if you're using this on small children and they happen to get it in their mouths, it won't taste great but it won't do them any harm. 

Repellent Lotion #2 (For adults and older offspring)

  • 1/3 cup liquid castile soap: Dr Bronner’s is ideal—choose citrus, tea tree, or eucalyptus
  • 30 drops essential oil of your choice: if you’re using a scented soap, use EO in the same scent
Smear this mixure all over your arms, legs, neck and hairline if you're going to go trudging through the woods, or will be gardening in bug-happy areas. As soon as you get back inside (or to your campsite), wash it all off. not only does this work really well to fend off insects, but you'll already be soaped up when you hit the showers. The reason this one is better for older folks is that we're a but less likely to put our hands in our mouths, or to accidentally lick some part of ourselves that may have ice cream or other snack-stuff dribbling on it -- a mouthful of soap isn't fun for anybody.

Lastly, we would like to share that Johnson's anti mosquito clear lotin is one of the over the counter product which is suitable for kids and it smells good. 


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