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Beating The Bugs Away

I think I may just have mentioned how much I enjoy walking. The scenery in this part of North Wales is SO stunning. And walking is FREE – another of my favourite things!

This weather being as glorious as it is though does tend to bring the insects out to play.

Apparently it is the temperature of your blood which attracts them and I suspect that mine must be just right!

It’s not that I begrudge them the right to eat – I just wish they wouldn’t always eat ME!

So, not to let a little thing like being someone’s favourite meal get in the way of my enjoyment I came up with a simple recipe to keep them at bay. My own insect repellent is quick and easy to make, a whole lot cheaper than anything you will find in the shops, contains no nasty chemicals, and………….. IT WORKS!

I make a large batch and then store it in a well-scoured glass bottle. I fill a perfume atomiser (found one cheaply in a discount store) and carry it with me to top up as and when I need.

Here’s the recipe if you want to make your own:

20 Drops Lemon grass Essential Oil

20 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

4 Fluid Ounces Water

Directions:

Combine in a  bottle and shake well then transfer what you require to an atomiser.

Spray on clothes, shoes and yourself, including hair, to repel ticks and bugs.

Hope it works for you too

Till next time

Lesley xx

Best Feet Forward!

What wonderful weather we are having at the moment – even here in (normally) wet Wales.

One of my favourite things during this type of weather is a long walk in the Gwydir Forest close to where I live in Llanrwst. My partner and I often walk right up to a small lake and sit there dangling our feet in the cool water, enjoying the sun on our backs and watching the beautiful dragonflies as they dart about their business. Last week we found a small toad, somewhat dehydrated, which we carefully returned to the water.

Trying to get to the water

Trying to get to the water

This particular walk is around  5 miles and though I have proper walking sandals, as you can imagine, by the time we get back my feet are quite hot and in need of some TLC.

So on our return I always treat my feet to a Peppermint Foot Soak from SkinKiss. Not only does it soothe the feet and soften the skin but it makes your feet smell wonderful.

TLC for tired feet

TLC for tired feet

If you would like to try this for yourself the recipe is here:

2 Parts Coarse Sea Salt

1 Part Epsom Salts

Peppermint Essential Oil – 2ml per 100g

Few Drops Natural Blue Food Colouring (optional)

Directions:

Mix salt and Epsom Salts together. Add essential oil & mix thoroughly. Add food colouring if wanted and again mix thoroughly.

Fill a bowl big enough to take both feet with hot (but not boiling) water. Add some of the salts and ‘swish’ to dissolve. Pop your feet in, sit back, relax and enjoy.

Hope you will try this – it really is a lovely treat for the feet. Oh, and great for my partner’s very smelly feet!