These bug-off bars are easy to make and more effective than the bug spray you buy at the store, because they coat the skin with a protective layer. They are easy to make and they are kid safe.
Instead of being filled with chemicals and toxins like conventional bug sprays, this recipe actually nourishes and moisturizes the skin while protecting it.
Lotion bar Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup Shea, cocoa butter or mango butter
1/2 cup beeswax + 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup fresh or dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon dried whole cloves
2 tablespoons dried or fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 cup dried catnip leaf
1 tablespoons of mint leaf
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil to preserve.
Essential Oils: lavender or lemon (10+ drops of each)
Lotion bar Instructions:
Using a double boiler or glass bowl on top of a small saucepan, heat about 1 inch of water until starting to boil. Place the dried rosemary, cloves, thyme, cinnamon, catnip and mint in the top part of the double boiler and add the coconut oil.
Cover the bowl or top part of the double boiler and keep the water at medium/high temperature for at least 30 minutes or until oil has adopted a darker color and smells strongly of rosemary. Alternately, you can fill a crock pot about half full with water, put the coconut oil and herbs in a glass mason jar with a tight lid, cover and keep on lowest setting for several days to make an even stronger infused oil.
Then, strain the dried herbs out of the oil using a small mesh strainer or cheesecloth and pour the oil back into the double boiler. The oil will probably be reduced by almost half and you should have about 1/2 cup of the infused oil.
Add the butter and beeswax to the double boiler and stir until all have melted. Remove from heat, add the Vitamin E oil and any other essential oils and pour into molds.
Leave in the molds until completely set or you can speed up the process by placing in the fridge.
Rub the bars on exposed areas of skin to protect against mosquitos. If you are pregnant, check to make sure any herbs you use are safe for pregnancy.