There hasn’t been a whole lot of baking going on here at Experiments in Baking. I’ve just been too busy and/or too exhausted to even curl up with a cookbook and find something to wrestle (though I have managed to wrestle some stingrays in my dreams). Excessive work always comes in waves for me, and I’ve been riding the crest since the last post.
But yesterday, I was presented with a possibility for another experiment similar to Auntie Rayna’s Magic Acne Cure in that it is an experiment that is NOT meant to be eaten.
Yesterday, I tried to go outside to play with my niece at her grandparents’ house. Apparently that plus the flowery scent of my hairspray (I use Herbal Essences) was an irresistible invitation for a very large wasp that had been hanging around. We did a really peculiar dance, consisting of the wasp getting as close as possible to my forehead while I ducked and twirled to try to get away from it without swatting or being stung, until I finally decided that that wasn’t very fun and ran back into the house.
It was a gorgeous day yesterday, but we played inside instead.
But I know that mint kills wasps (I have watched it happen myself, and convinced my in-laws to use it too) and have read personal claims in random forums on the Internet that wasps are repelled by the smell of mint. Which makes some logical sense, since most creatures are as keen to stay away from things that kill them as any human.
So I poured a bit of the peppermint essential oil that I normally use for my homemade mouthwash recipe into my hairspray bottle. The bottle is fairly new. I added only 10 drops and it now reeks of mint. Brad’s reaction was, “You smell like Robitussin.”
I’ll happily smell like cough syrup if it will keep the wasps away from me.
Of course, I needed to shake it. When I first poured the oil in and looked in, I thought it had congealed instantly since there was a motionless blob in the clear hairspray, but shaking seemed to distribute it quite well. The hairspray still works fine, too.
So we will see if this actually helps. The weather here is still rollercoastering between the winter chill that we never really got this year (which naturally keeps the bugs of all kinds from coming out) and actual spring temperatures, but I will hopefully be able to report back soon that there is a treaty of avoidance between me and the stingers.