I’d like to preface this post by saying that as an outdoorsy girl (click here if you are too – I friggin’ LOVED this post), I have learned in my 27 years on earth that NOTHING works quite like Deet. Nothing. Yes, it’s flammable, toxic and will probably make you sick but if you want to be left alone by all of nature’s creepy crawlers, there’s nothing natural that will do the trick the same way Deet does. Sorry. I wish I could tell you that covering yourself in lemon juice and thyme will make bugs steer clear but chances are it’ll just make you smell like you’ve finished marinating and are ready for the BBQ.
One cup of regular oatmeal poured into your tub (with a splash of lavender, ‘cuz why not!?) will cleanse your skin and lock in moisture after a long day outdoors. Dry skin? Oatmeal bath. Poison ivy? Oatmeal bath. Sunburn? OATMEAL BATH. You can thank me later.
Speaking of sunburns, aloe vera is an obvious go-to. Although, it may not be so obvious with so many new products being marketed these days with aloe vera IN them. You honestly don’t need all the other junk that’s added into these products. Buy an aloe vera plant (I bought mine from IKEA!), and rub that shi*t all over your crispy skin. Fun factoid: Aloe’s super good for healing blisters too!
My top uses for peppermint oil are for headaches (put it directly on your temples), sore muscles (it SAVED me on Mount Kilimanjaro after a long day) and to freshen up (this is gonna sound a little gross but I would use it on Killy behind my ears to create an illusion of actually being clean. Not showering for 8 days was a whole new world of Hell).