Natural Mosquito Repellent
Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe

Natural Mosquito Repellent

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 with them.

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 level.

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 staying indoors.
  • 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 may think.

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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