We’re deep in the heart of mosquito season, and while I love citronella candles (I love setting things alight!), I also love whipping up homemade smudge sticks to battle the onslaught of winged critters. They’re virtually free, smell great and really work at deterring summer bug bites. I’ll place one under the outside table and we’ll be bug free through drinks and dinner.
My standard combination is sage, rose geranium leaves and lavender. You can also add bay, rose, rosemary etc., whatever sweet scented herbs you have growing in the garden.
I pick the herbs, remove anything nasty, bundle them together and then wrap them tightly with cotton kitchen twine (be sure to use something natural, you’re going to be inhaling smoke from the burning string too, and is it safe to assume you won’t use any herbs that have been sprayed with pesticides?). I let them dry for a bit in the house and then stash them away for summer meals outside. It’s easy and they really do smell fabulous while they burn. I’ve also been known to toss one on the grill to add a little extra flavor while grilling!
And as those of you who follow me on Instagram know, in a pinch I have piled herbs (some dry some fresh) into a clam shell and set it ablaze. Not quite as effective but still better than nothing!
Enjoy your bug free dinner and think of me!