Vanilla Extract~Natural Mosquito Repellent

Who isn’t scared of getting West Nile Virus?

We have been spending a lot of time outdoors lately because of my girls playing soccer. At least three nights out of our week we are on the soccer fields, and right during the buzzing hour!

I absolutely hate spraying ‘Deet Bug Spray’ on my kids!  We are always closing our eyes, doing the one-two-three don’t breathe drill, or coughing and choking from this stuff.

Another soccer mom came up and told me that an elderly lady told her to use Vanilla Extract!!

After researching this a bit, it seems that many other people also believe this to be true.  The one thing I have found though is it has to be Pure Vanilla Extract, the other stuff has sugar added which obviously would not repel any bug!  There are two ways to use it.  You can add it directly to the pressure points, like wrists and neck, or you can dilute it with water (50/50 mixture) and spray it on.

We will be trying this out at soccer practice tonight and I will let you know how it goes!

Oops forgot to add, the only down side I have seen to this method is that it only last for 30-45 min!  So you will have to re-apply!

Do you have anything natural that you have found to work?

Love,  K


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