Summer promises a ton of outdoor activities, but it also brings its share of annoying insects, like mosquitoes. The irritating itching and buzzing are hard to bear, especially when you’re just trying to enjoy nature or a good night’s rest. Although these critters are important for the maintenance of ecosystems, we can prevent them from entering our personal space thanks to certain natural products. Find in the lines below 6 easy essential oil mosquito repellent recipes to prepare at home!
Why choose a DIY mosquito repellent with essential oil?
Mosquitoes can enter your home and their tiny bite can affect your health, transmitting diseases such as malaria and the zika virus. Fortunately, natural repellents like essential oils have the power to ward off these insects!
Some oilseeds are quite effective and useful in repelling mosquitoes from your terrace or bedroom, and are an organic solution (without chemical ingredients) to get them out of your living areas. Here we present some tips on how to use essential oils to get rid of bugs, as well as the most powerful oils.
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Essential oils are herbal mosquito repellents, considered safe for humans, and still effective in discouraging insects. When properly diluted, they can provide immediate relaxing results without the adverse health effects found with some commercial chemicals.
When using essential oils topically, always start by mixing them in a carrier oil (like coconut, jojoba, avocado, or almond oil) before applying to the skin. Pure essential oils are extremely concentrated and you should never apply them directly to your skin without diluting them first.
Which essential oils to repel mosquitoes?
If you are unsure how your skin will react to a specific essential oil (or carrier oil), start by applying a small amount to an isolated area (on the back of your hand or on your forearm) . If irritation occurs, it is best to discontinue use of the oil and contact a medical professional.
Mosquito repellent lemon eucalyptus
Used since the 1940s, lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the best-known natural repellents. Indeed, a mixture of 32% of this organic product offers more than 95% protection against mosquitoes for 3 hours.
You can create your own blend with 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower or witch hazel oil. Warning: do not use on children under 3 years old!
Mosquito Repellent Lavender
Crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. Moreover, theLavender has analgesic, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. This means that in addition to preventing stings, it can soothe the skin.
You can grow lavender in an outdoor garden or in indoor planters. Crush the flowers and apply the oil to sting-prone parts of the body, such as the ankles and arms. You can also drop some lavender oil on a clean cloth and rub it into the skin.
Mosquito cinnamon essential oil
Cinnamon isn’t just a great addition to applesauce or oatmeal. According to a study conducted in Taiwan, cinnamon oil can kill mosquito eggs. It can also act as a repellent against insects, especially the Asian tiger mosquito.
To obtain a 1% dilute solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of oil for 120 ml of water. You can spray the liquid on your skin or clothes, around your house, and on upholstery or plants.
Natural Mosquito Repellent Thyme Oil
When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, thyme oil is one of the best for providing protection.
For a homemade infusion, combine 4 drops of thyme oil with each teaspoon of carrier oil, such as olive or jojoba oil. For a spray, mix 5 drops of thyme oil with 60 ml of water.
Make a homemade mosquito repellent: Mosquito spray with essential oils
Start with equal amounts of vodka and witch hazel, then add double the amount of water to this mixture. Finally, add 10 to 15 drops of essential oils (such as lavender, tea tree and lemongrass) for every 30 ml of the mixture. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle, shake it thoroughly, and your DIY mosquito spray is ready to use!
DIY Mosquito Repellent Ointment
To make mosquito repellent ointment, you need to melt beeswax and coconut oil. Stir the mixture well and let it cool. Once the liquid has cooled, add between 10 and 30 drops of essential oil. Mix well and store in the refrigerator in a dark blue or amber glass container.