I made some insect repellant cream from wormwood* a little while ago.
I've been using it quite a lot since then, and it works. It's not 100% effective, but then I doubt anything is. Mostly, I only get bitten now when I'm going out briefly and don't bother to put any cream on. My sister has commissioned a pot for her baby because, while she doesn't mind putting nasty chemicals on her own skin, she's not too happy about doing that for a two-month old baby.
* At least, I thought it was wormwood. I'm now thinking it might actually be the closely related southernwood instead. Both have insect repellant properties, so it doesn't really matter.
About this blog
- Wales, United Kingdom
- In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.