I don’t know about you, but I am a magnet for mosquitos. For some reason, I am the only one in my house that gets bitten, and there is 4 of us. While other family members don’t even notice mosquitos exist, I, on the other hand, am lucky if I get only 4 bites a day 🙂 It’s crazy how they butcher me.
Not wanting to apply commercial mosquito repellents with suspicious ingredients on me the whole summer, I decided to make natural homemade mosquito repellent and see how it works out. So, if you are one of us ‘lucky’ people that have to deal with mosquitos entire summer, you can try these natural homemade mosquito repellents too.
No mosquito repellent is completely effective so neither is this one, but it can significantly reduce the number of bites. At least it did for me. But you can never know, there are lots of mosquito species, so if it works on mosquitos in my area it might not work on your mosquitos 😀 But it’s worth a try.
Homemade mosquito repellent recipe:
- fresh or dried herbs of mint, lavender, basil, lemon balm, sage, yarrow and chamomile
- medicinal alcohol or apple cider vinegar
Don’t worry, you don’t have to use all these herbs, but the more the better. Mint and lavender are a mandatory basis and other herbs can be used if desired and available.
- Boil one cup of water and add herbs into it as if you were making tea but in higher concentrations. In one cup of water put 4 tablespoons of herbs, preferably a mixture of more of them.
- When everything is cool, strain and add a cup of medicinal alcohol for external use.
- Pour all of this into a spray bottle and you have a natural homemade mosquito repellent.
Simply spray on the skin and spread. You can keep it in the fridge. If you find if undesirable to smell like the worst local drunk or want to apply mosquito repellent on your children, then use apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol. What’s even better about this homemade mosquito repellent is that it also drives away other bugs, especially ticks. Ticks love me too.
A few essential oils that are found to be repulsive to mosquitos:
- citronella oil
- lemon eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
- cinnamon oil
- castor oil
- rosemary oil
- lemon grass oil (Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus)
- cedar oil
- peppermint oil
- clove oil
- geranium oil
You can mix some of those essential oils in olive oil and apply it on your skin. Don’t apply essential oils on your skin undiluted.
You should apply repellent every few hours for it to be the most effective.
I know, I know. It sounds really messy and unpleasant to have these liquids all over you the whole day, but I think it’s better than to be overflowed with bites. We shouldn’t forget that mosquitos can also transfer viruses. When we take that into consideration, it is worth the greasiness. Also, oils are great for skin, you’ll see how soft your skin will be 🙂