Summer is here, and with it comes a slew of new “friends,” some of whom are a tad too friendly for my taste.
Down here in the South, we’ve been dealing with some of these friends for far too long already. The beginning of April saw the fire ants coming out to play, and by the middle of the month we were being visited by the ever-friendly mosquitoes.
Though I do use homemade bug repellent on my kids, they often run out to the backyard to play without me spraying them down first. And of course, with four kids opening and forgetting to close back doors all day, there are inevitably a few mosquitoes that make it in the house and devour any unsuspecting victim they may find.
For these times, we thankfully have The Paste. Every child knows where it is located, and applies it liberally to their bites, or in the case of the 2-year old, any scratch she deems necessary. 😉
This simple remedy is super easy to whip up, lasts for months when stored in the fridge, and is easy to apply. Made from only two natural ingredients, water and bentonite clay, it’s safe enough for children and babies. For all you essential oil lovers, you can add a few drops of a soothing/healing oil, like lavender or melaleuca, as well.
DIY Itch-Be-Gone! Paste
4 T. bentonite clay
6 T. filtered water
optional: a few drops of lavender or melaleuca Essential Oils
In small bowl, combine ingredients with a spoon or fork.
Store in covered container in fridge, or medicine cabinet if your home isn’t too humid.
Apply directly to bites and let dry.
Reapply as needed.
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