Archive | March 14, 2016

Naturally Bug-Free, 67 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths, and Other Pesky Insects, Stephanie L. Tourles

Naturally Bug-Free, 67 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths, and Other Pesky Insects,  Stephanie L. Tourles


Genre:  Non Fiction

I hate dowsing myself in chemicals, the skin is our biggest organ and of course what goes On it also goes In it and I don’t like that. However we’ve a large garden with ponds, compost heaps and my lovely old horse Muska, so flies especially mosquitos are in abundance in summer – and warm spring/autumn days…We have bats too and they help but….While Him Indoors never gets bitten they seem to find me very tasty, and I spend my time trying not to itch the latest lovely bite. ( I’m prone to head lice too when the grandkids inevitably come home with them. are you itching yet reading this ??  ) I do use sparingly some chemical repellents, having tried unsuccessfully to concoct my own from essential oils. I tried once to make a fly repellent for my other horse ( died of old age ) Sylvester, a lovely dapple grey. I’d used walnut leaves and boiled them as suggested and applied as a wash over him. It smelled lovely, kind of Cedar-y but next day he was a dirty brown colour. Apparently walnut juice is what Romany’s used to use to cover up white patches on dark coloured horses when selling them…It wore off eventually but led me to be a bit wary of my experiments.

So this book is a godsend, containing some amazing recipes for things I need, and as a fan of essential oils I’ve got many of the ones used. ( I recently got a couple of incredible sets for review too)  I’ll be buying a few more ready for the spring! Its interesting too that there are recipes for repellents for pets. My lovely Muska gets bothered by flies but hates sprays and the stuff sold for horses, so I’m going to try some of the pet ones on her, ones I can apply with a sponge. My daughter has two cats and two dogs so I might see if I can make stuff for them.

Its set out in a very easy to follow way. Often I feel non fiction reads are really better in print form as they’re hard to browse but this is in very defined chapters so its easy to go to a specific recipe or problem solution. Stephanie gives detailed info on the herbs and oils needed. I’ve always been interested in the use of herbs, use them a lot in cooking but I’ve never got round to using them as natural cosmetics and home cleaners. I grow quite a few so I’m going to try that starting with some simple potpourri – they beauty of making your own stuff is that you can tailor it to what you like, not be pushed by what someone else dictates. There’s so much in this ;little book, and its a fascinating, practical read.


Stars: Five, a terrific resource for those interested in natural remedies.


ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers


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