I so look forward to summer.
The porch swing and a glass of ice tea.
The bugs can be a real nuisance and make it not so nice to be outside.
I love this easy way to keep them away.
You only need a few things to make your own citronella candles.
I don’t really use candles anymore. I don’t mind using them outside but I still don’t want to use scented ones.
This is a great DIY and I know exactly what’s in them!
Did you know that many of those store-bought citronella candles don’t actually contain citronella oil? Instead, the candles are often just citronella ‘scented.’ BIG difference.
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Wide mouth mason jars or bowl.
Decorations of your choice. You can use anything! (Lemon peels, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, lavender, rosemary, flower petals, river rocks, etc.) I had some lavender so I used that.
10 drops Citronella Essential Oil
10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
1 T Witch Hazel
Water to top off glass bowl or container
1 unscented floating candle
Gather decorations and arrange in your jar or bowl.
Add Witch Hazel, Citronella, and Lemongrass Essential Oil to the bowl.
Fill in the remaining jar or bowl space with water.
After placing your bowl outside, top it off with the floating candle and light it to create a cozy, aromatic ambiance you and your guests can enjoy throughout the evening.
Fun fact about Citronella Essential Oil! There are quite a few recipes out there to create your own aluminum-free deodorant with citronella. (We will save those for another class.) Meanwhile, did you know that the aluminum in deodorants has been linked to health problems, including the neurological damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and conditions like anemia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, glucose intolerance, memory problems, and Parkinson’s disease?
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