Summer’s Coming! How About a Natural Mosquito Repellent?

Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)This is simple to make, and it won’t adversely effect your health, like some of the commercial varieties!

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Lemon eucalyptus oil contains trace amounts of citronellal and p-menthane 3.8-diol. These are odors that mosquitoes do not like to be around. However, one application will not be enough to last the whole night, especially if you are outdoors enjoying good friends, good food, and a good bottle of red wine.

You Will Need:

  • 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil
  • 90 ml of the carrier oil of your choice (like jojoba or sweet almond oil)

A jar with a lid to blend the oils and store the mixture – you can use coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, witch hazel, or even olive oil (I do not recommend the last one if you do not enjoy olive oil as it has a very strong odor that can be overwhelming).

To make the mixture:
Take a 100 ml bottle or jar and pour in 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil
Add 90 ml of your carrier oil to the bottle or jar
Put the lid on and shake the mixture gently to combine the oils or use a spoon to stir the mixture properly.
Note: I squeeze a mandarin, orange, lemon, or lime into mine for an extra pleasant smell. This mixture can last for up to a month.

To apply:
Apply the oil to any part of your body that is exposed to the elements (like your arms, neck, face, and legs). If you find that as the day or night progresses mosquitoes are becoming interested in you again, simply reapply the mixture to your skin.

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