When the weather is warm and everyone wants to be outside enjoying it, many people reach for mosquito repellent. Most mosquito repellents are filled with chemicals that we really don’t want absorbed into our bodies. Over on the Global Healing Center site I’ve found a recipe for natural mosquito repellent.
Natural Mosquito Repellent: A Safe Bug Spray That Really Works
Summer is prime time for enjoying the outdoors. But more often than not, there’s a dark cloud hanging over that backyard barbecue: bugs – and especially mosquitoes. These blood-seeking fun busters expertly follow their senses right to your skin. But if you can repel them with one quick application of bug spray, then what’s the problem? It turns out that many old-fashioned bug sprays contain neurotoxic ingredients that may increase cancer risk. But, worry not – there are plenty of nontoxic essential oil blends that repel the bugs, without the bite to your health.
Why Should We Use Natural Mosquito Repellent?
Mosquito bites are not just annoying. They can also transmit diseases such as malaria, zika, and dengue fever, among others. So, it’s important to guard against them. Mosquitoes are guided by their sense of smell, which is equipped with hundreds of odor-receptor proteins, and they’re attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, our skin odors, and sweat. Although none of these can truly be avoided, there are plant-derived all-natural essential oils that repel bugs and are completely safe for humans. The best part is that natural insect repellents not only have a fresh, clean scent but, most importantly, they are safe to use at any frequency and can be used in place of traditional toxic bug sprays like DEET and picaridin. Plus, natural bug sprays usually have a variety of essential oils to repel a variety of mosquitoes at once.
Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
- Lemon eucalyptus oil
- Citronella oil
- Pure vanilla extract or vanillin
- Distilled water
- 1 16oz spray bottle
- Optional: Witch Hazel
- Mix eight to 10 drops each of lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella, and either pure vanilla extract or vanillin (a vanilla-extract alternative made from wood pulp) into a small spray bottle.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
- Add an optional splash of witch hazel to soothe itchy skin
You can increase the amount of essential oil based on your preferences, but, generally, the higher the essential oil concentration, the more repellent it will be. Remember to always dilute essential oils and never use them directly on the skin in undiluted form. Also remember that due to evaporation, natural bug sprays made with essential oils will lose efficacy fairly quickly, so reapply every hour.
That seems like a simple enough recipe. What do you use to repel bugs?