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Homemade Mosquito Repellent Secrets

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Homemade mosquito repellent produced with essential oils means safer summertime activities outdoors.

I have always been a target for bugs. I can be with a group of people at an outdoor event and be the only one who goes home with mosquito bites. Whereas flies might just land on others around me, they bite me.

Even though bugs love me, I have always been leery of commercial bug repellents, and, as a mother, I have not wanted to use them on my children. Many commercial insect repellents contain DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), an insecticide the US Army patented in 1946 that can affect the nervous system. The Environmental Protection Agency warns against breathing DEET in and advises that you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors.

Since we all enjoy spending as much time outside as possible during the summer and don’t want to have our fun spoiled by itchy, painful bites, I have explored natural ways to repel bugs. Surprisingly, I have discovered that it is quite easy and inexpensive to make your own homemade mosquito repellent using essential oils and other natural ingredients.

Insects dislike essential oils. Therefore, making your own homemade mosquito repellent with your favorite essential oil is simple and effective – and it smells great. Here are some good choices:

Lemon balm (citronella)

Rosemary

Pennyroyal

Rose geranium

Lavender

Eucalyptus

Lemongrass

Basil

Thyme

Peppermint

Cinnamon

Essential oils are highly concentrated, so you may need to experiment to get the right mixture that works for you, especially if you have sensitive skin. Furthermore, you can also mix and match the oils you choose. Some great combinations are lemongrass with citronella and basil, or lavender with geranium.

Now you need to choose your carrier for your homemade mosquito repellent .

Water-based:

Essential oils don’t mix well with water, so you will need to add another liquid as an emulsifier. Pour two to four ounces of witch hazel into an eight-ounce spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with pure water and then add about 40 drops of an essential oil. Stir well.

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Vinegar-based:

Combine 25 drops of essential oil with one-fourth of a cup of organic apple cider vinegar in a lidded glass jar. Shake to blend. Then, dab some of the liquid on your skin (such as on your wrists, behind your knees and around your ankles) or clothing.

Vegetable oil-based:

Combine 10 to 20 drops of essential oil with two tablespoons of vegetable oil and one tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel in a glass jar. Stir to blend well. Dab on skin or clothing. (Note: You will have to search, but you can find organic vegetable oil)

Here are two oil blend recipes to try:

  1. Combine two tablespoons of witch hazel with two tablespoons of one or a combination of the following: olive oil, almond oil or grape seed oil and 40 to 50 drops of essential oil. Some people recommend adding a half teaspoon of vodka as a preservative, but I have not tried that.
  2. Combine the ingredients in a three-ounce bottle, which is a handy size to keep in a purse or backpack:

30 drops tea tree oil

10 drops geranium oil

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

Fill to the top with pure water

Shake and apply every hour or so

When applying your homemade mosquito repellent, take care to avoid the eye area. In addition, as with all essential oils, it is wise to consult your doctor before applying on babies and very young children or if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.

You will need to re-apply the product after about an hour or after exercise or swimming. Store any unused repellent in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.

Different bugs respond differently to different recipes, so here are a few recipes targeted to specific critters:

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

1-1/2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon castor oil

8 drops rosemary oil

8 drops lemongrass oil

4 drops geranium oil

Add all ingredients to a two-ounce, tinted spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

Fly Spray

Mix one-half cup of witch hazel, one-half cup of apple cider vinegar, and 30 to 50 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bottle and then shake the mixture well. Apply the mixture on uncovered portions of your skin, while carefully avoiding your eyes or mouth.

If flies are a problem for you, here are a few other ideas:

1. In addition to eucalyptus oil, flies dislike the following essential oils: lavender, citronella oil, pennyroyal oil, lemongrass and peppermint.

2. If flies tend to get inside your home in warm weather, try keeping 10 to 15 cloves on your dining table to ward them off.

3. Flies do not like the smell of elder, basil, lavender and mint. Plant these herbs in your garden or as potted plants in your home.

Here are a few other quick and natural ideas to get rid of insects:

Dab a drop of vanilla extract on your skin or mix vanilla extract with witch hazel and water for a bug spray.

Do you have lavender in your garden? Rub lavender flowers on your skin, especially on your neck, under your arms or behind your ears to repel insects. You can also try rubbing basil leaves directly on your skin for a quick repellent.

As you do with many decisions you make for your family, insect repellents require weighing your options. Consequently, if you are camping in the woods, for example, the risk of getting Lyme disease may outweigh the risk of using a commercial bug spray.

For everyday use, however, your family will be able to keep bugs at bay without the scary side effects of the chemicals in store-bought sprays by using natural ingredients. Bugs beware!

You may also be interested in reading 10 Off-Grid Uses For Diatomaceous Earth.

How do you keep bugs away, naturally? Tell us in the comments section below.

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    Just USE DEET. The stuff really works. :cool:

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