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Making Your Own Insect Repellant, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Deoderant

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Posted on : 9:40 AM | By : Nic | In :

The following are some recipes from my book, some of which I have needed lately since it's hot so I stink and there are lots of mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes aren't quite as much of a problem to the girls and I because we use very little fragrance on our skin.  Just a non-perfumed soap, so I have two bites while everyone else six or more.

Cedar insect repellant:
3 cups rubbing alcohol
1 1/2 cups red cedar wood shavings
1/2 cup eucalyptus leaves
Mix together in a large bowl or jar.  Cover and let stand five days, then strain and store the remaining liquid.  Store tightly sealed, yields 2 cups of repellant.  Use a spray bottle to lightly coat the skin.

Citronella repellant:
Mix aloe vera gel, essential oil of citronella, tea tree oil, and lavendar oil.  Stir it all together.  The mixture will become opaque.

Garlic juice repellant:
Mix one part garlic juice to five parts water. Put into a spray bottle and put it on your skin before you go into the woods.  Repels chiggers also.

How do I make yummy toothpaste?
1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
1/4 teaspoon spearmint
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon ground sage
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add water until it is a paste that is thick enough to spread but not to pour. Store in a tightly covered jar.

How do I make tooth powder?
Mix three parts baking soda with 1 part salt, and add a few drops of peppermint oil.  Dip your brush in and scrub thoroughly.  Tooth brushing is less about the paste and more about the brushing.  Scrub at least three minutes twice a day.

How do I make mouthwash?
2 cups water
3 teaspoons fresh parsley
2 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Boil water and remove from heat, then add all ingredients and let steep for 10-15 minutes.  Strain, put into a tightly covered container and store in the fridge.

What if I don't have a toothbrush and toothpaste?
If you don't have a toothbrush or toothpaste, you can use soap, salt, or baking soda and a green twig.  Chew the end of the twig until it kind of has bristles.  You can also drink an infusion of green tea after meals to prevent tooth decay.

Deoderant:
Alfalfa: Eat some alfalfa which may help neutralize odor.
Apple cider vinegar:  Coat underarm with vinegar, which kills the bacteria.
Baby powder: Use in areas of heavy perspiration.
Baking soda: Apply powder to dry armpits.
Cornstarch: Use alone or mix with baking soda.
Parsley: Eat some parsley, which may help neutralize odor.
Radish: Juice 24 radishes and add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin.  Put in a spray bottle and use as deoderant.
Rosemary: Put 8-10 drops essential oil in water and apply as deoderant.  
Sage: Use 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried sage, steep 10 minutes and drink in small doses throughout the day.  Or blend fresh sage in tomato juice and drink.
Tea: Put 2 drops essential oil into 1 ounce water and apply as deoderant.

Comments (1)

Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!