And its Di again from Johannesburg South Africa. At this time of year its pretty hot down here, so most of our time is spent relaxing in the garden or on the covered verandah LOL.
However as evening approaches the mosquitoes sometimes come out so we use citronella oil to keep them away from us.
Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon. which is a genus of about 55 species of grasses.It is a tall perennial grass. Common names include lemon grass, lemongrass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, fever grass or Hierba Luisa. This is what it looks like:
Citronella oil is a renowned plant-based insect repellant,
We have a few of these little oil lamps containing citronella oil and they certainly keep the mosquitoes and midges away.
I wanted to see if I could make one!
I started with a scribbled sketch but soon realised that I did not really want to hang it :.
You wil need a jar, wick or a strip of cotton and some citronella oil.
I made a hole in the lid (using a nail and a hammer), cut a piece of wick and pushed it through the hole.
Finally I poured some citronella into the jar, screwed on the lid and Voila Viola we are done with the prototype! Before lighting the lamp you have to wait a while until the wick soaks up the oil all the way to the top.
Now its time to have some fun!
The design and decoration possibilities are endless!
LOL after I made my little lamp I searched the WWW and here are some fun sites with instructions on making oil lamps!
Many of you are in the middle of winter so I guess you have no need of my little ol lamps, but just perhaps you could use them as an alternative to candles?
Thanks for visiting IACW and love from MadDi