Natural Mosquito Repellent
Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe
This natural mosquito repellent is easy to make, all natural, organic and completely non-toxic.
Mosquitos and other little insects are a natural part of our
environment and, believe it or not, there are ways to live in harmony
This page will share with you some tips and advice for doing just that, along with an easy to make repellant that will help.
Many of the insect repellants on the market contain ingredients that keep the bugs away but that are also toxic to our bodies.
Try this natural mosquito repellent which smells wonderful, is nourishing for your skin AND will keep the bugs away.
For this homemade mosquito repellant use good quality organic oils
and be sure to begin this, and all, recipes with LOVE - it is the secret
ingredient that will take all of your homemade creations to the next
Ingredients for Natural Mosquito Repellent
- good quality water or hydrosol
- 15 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 1 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 1/4 tsp coconut oil
In a 2oz glass spray bottle, add all oils and then fill to the top with water. Shake well before each use.
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A Note on Essential Oils
They are amazing to have on hand. They have a variety
of uses including being added to many of your homemade products.
Essential oils are the oil extracted from a plant by steam distillation.
They are pure and highly concentrated and, so, a very little goes a
long way. With essential oils always be sure to purchase from a trusted
source. Essential oils are
anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic which make them
ideal for many applications from cosmetics to medicines to cleaning
products. Adding them to your products will also help to preserve and
extend the life of your homemade creations.
Why I use Coconut Oil
It has so many great uses. Coconut oil has anti-viral
and anti-microbial properties and is nice for inflamed or sensitive
skin. Always use cold-pressed or expeller pressed coconut oil which can
be found in most healthy grocery stores or health shops.
Why I Use a Glass Spray Bottles
They are a much better option than plastic ones as
plastics contain unhealthy properties that can leach into your homemade
creations. To preserve the integrity of your natural homemade products
I highly encourage using a glass bottle. I use cobalt blue glass
bottles which also can withstand UV contamination.
You can also play with the following for your homemade bug repellant;
- Aloe vera: if using fresh from the plant you may need to blend it to break it up well.
- Neem oil: has a very strong smell that may be unpleasant to some people.
- Citronella essential oil: has a very similar scent to
lemongrass essential oil and has long been used as a natural mosquito
repellent. Although similar, I prefer the scent of lemongrass.
- Double the recipe and use a 4oz glass spray bottle if you need more.
Recipe note: Avoid using any citrus essential oils (tangerine, lemon, orange) as these can make skin susceptible to burning under the sun.
More Helpful Advice
Aside from using a natural mosquito repellent, there are other ways
to ensure a harmonious existence with our insect friends including;
- Time of day; mosquitoes mainly come out at dusk and down. If possible limit your outdoor activities during this time.
- Clothing; wear light coloured clothing as mosquitos seem
to be more attracted to dark colours. Wear clothing that covers your
skin (long sleeves, long pants, socks, hat) especially at dusk and dawn.
- Fragrance; avoid highly perfumed body products (shampoos, soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, colognes, etc.)
- Screens and nets; keep the little guys out of your home
by ensuring your window and door screens are in good shape. Mosquito
nets can also be useful while sleeping.
- Rain; mosquitos come out in full force after a heavy
rain. Know this and act accordingly by wearing appropriate clothing or
- Standing water; mosquitos breed in standing water so make sure that you don't have containers full of standing water in your yard.
- Diet; mosquitos are attracted to your blood. The more
refined sugars and processed foods you have in your diet the more the
bugs will come to you. Eating a healthy diet
will naturally help you to repel insects. Eating garlic and onions
will also help to make you unappetizing to our little friends.
- Drinking water; be sure to be drinking enough water. This will help to quickly flush away any toxins you do encounter from bites or stings.
- Patience and Calm; practice adopting an attitude
of calm when mosquitos or other bugs are around. All creatures on our
planet serve a purpose and acting violently aggressive towards them will
only bring more of that type of energy into your life. I have seen,
over and over, in my life that the people that are calm, peaceful and
joyous around mosquitos are not bothered by them whereas the people that
are aggressive, angry and nasty towards them are continually pestered
by them no matter what else they do. Energy is more powerful than you
It is extremely important to our overall holistic health to be
outside surrounded by Nature. Don't let mosquitos and other insects
take away from your enjoyment of the outdoors. Use a natural mosquito
repellent and follow the advice on this page to help you to fully enjoy
your time outdoors.
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