Summer days are coming, so as well as mosquitoes are coming. These annoying insects no one likes as they bite leaving scratching marks on the skin. For that reason, we all try to protect ourselves from them.
There are many available sprays and mosquito repellents on the market, and most people buy them just to save themselves from mosquitoes’ bites. However, not many people know that they can harm the skin and the body as they are packed with chemicals and toxins.
Luckily, aside these products there are natural remedies that can effectively repel mosquitoes, and above all they are free of any chemicals and toxins.
In this article we shall present you a powerful combination of essential oils which are extremely helpful against mosquitoes. Moreover, its effectiveness has been proven by many scientists. Thanks to the heavenly smell of this blend mosquitoes will be kept at bay during these sunny summer days.
You need to protect yourself from the mosquito bites as they can transmit many life-threatening diseases such as Zika virus and malaria.
This combination of lemon and eucalyptus essential oil is highly potent mosquito repellent, which is as effective as DEET, in fact even better as it does not contain any harmful toxins, which is not the case with the commercial DEET.
According to many researchers DEET can offer 84% protection within a period of 4 hours, on the other hand lemon-eucalyptus blend can offer 97% protection in the same time period.
The lemon and eucalyptus essential oil blend is very effective natural mosquito repellent, and above all available to all people. The method of preparation is not time-consuming; it is easy with only a few ingredients.
Natural Mosquito Repellent – Lemon-Eucalyptus Essential Oil Blend
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- ½ cup of vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A spray bottle
Method of Preparation:
Place all the ingredients in a spray bottle and then mix it. Note that you need to re-apply it on regular basis as the formula lasts for up to 4 hours.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already confirmed the effectiveness of this natural mosquito repellent claiming to be one of the best available repellents.
Naturally, there are other natural options, which can be highly effective, too. Here they are:
Other Natural Options
- Cinnamon Oil
You need to mix 24 drops of oil in ½ cup of water. Transfer this solution into a spray bottle, and spray it straight onto the skin, around your home, or on your clothing and plants.
- Greek Catnip Oil
This oil can also effectively repel mosquitoes in the time frame of 2 to 3 hours, according to numerous studies. Plus, scientists at Iowa State University found out that it is 10 times more effective when compared to DEET.
To protect yourself from mosquitoes crush the lavender flowers and apply the oil on the sensitive parts of your body like your arms or ankles. Likewise, you can pour a few drops on a clean cloth and rub it on your skin.
- Soybean Oil
Once combined with lemongrass oil, it can repel various types of mosquitoes.
- Thyme Oil
This oil needs to be mixed with water, therefore mix 5 drops of thyme oil with ¼ cup of water. If you want to prepare a homemade brew, mix 4 drops of the oil to every teaspoon of olive, jojoba, or other base oil that you choose.
- Tea Tree Oil
Scientists have confirmed that repellents that contain tea tree oil are particularly effective against mosquitoes, biting midges, and bush flies.