This pleasantly scented liquid is designed to repel mosquitoes, flies, fleas and ticks. Experiment with the essential oils it contains to determine the most effective formula against the bothersome insects in your area, or adjust the amounts to let a particular favorite scent emerge in the finished product. This is safe for use on skin or clothing. Use a small amount on exposed skin, dab it on clothing, or carry it along with you in convenient pocket-sized plastic bottles on outdoor trips. For external use only.
Note: To make more or less of the insect repellent, use a quantity of essential oil equal to 5 percent of the volume of the finished product.
Art Tucker is a botanist whose herbal specialties include essential oils and perfumery. He is a research professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Delaware State University in Dover.
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