Keep Mosquitoes Away with Natural Repellants!
Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 10:22 am
In addition to sunscreen, mosquito repellant is a must for any outdoor activity this summer! Many commercially made bug sprays use DEET (diethyl-meta-toluaminde) to keep you bite-free. However, several studies have shown that DEET can damage brain cells and can also have harmful interactions with many prescription medications.
Luckily, there are all natural essential oils you can use to repel those pesky mosquitoes. The natural alternatives are proven to work just as well as the chemical-laced sprays. In some cases, the natural option works even better! You can drop any (or a combination) of the essential oils below into an unscented natural oil or moisturizer and rub into your skin. Be sure to test a small patch of skin first to prevent any possible allergic reactions. Here are some natural options to try:
Perhaps the best smelling of all of the options, lavender essential oil is a very effective mosquito repellant. Dilute the lavender oil is something that spreads easily like sweet almond oil, coconut oil or organic soy oil.
Citronella is the stuff found in those bug repelling candles you buy for your backyard. Citronella is an all-natural mosquito enemy! If you choose to use citronella as a mosquito repellant, buy the pure essential oil at any health food store. The stuff used in commercially made candles are not safe for topical use.
Catnip oil is way more effective than DEET – about 10 times more! Mosquitos hate the stuff, so try it out! Your cat might become a lot more friendly towards you too.
Organic Soy Oil
On its own, soy oil is an inexpensive and easy to find natural alternative to buy sprays. It’s also great for your skin. You can use soy oil by itself or as a base for any of the bug repelling essential oils. If you typically avoid GMOs, opt for organic soy oil. Many soy crops are genetically-modified.
Mosquitos hate garlic, so eat up! When you eat lots of it, you skin will give off a faint garlic smell that mosquitos will pick up on.
Lotus is a great option for any backyard ponds. It grows in water and actually helps kill mosquito larvae. This natural mosquito nemesis isn’t something to apply to the skin, but more of an option to keep your backyard mosquito-free.
An article on care2.com recommends combining about 30 drops total of your oil of choice into a natural oil or moisturizer. You can also do a combination of any of the oils mentioned. Additional oils mentioned in the article include neem oil and black pepper oil. Give any or all a try as you head out on your outdoor adventures this summer!