DIY Mosquito Repellent That Actually Works

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Summer is the time of year when people want to be outside. Whether you enjoy reading in the park, going to the beach, swimming in a lake, or hiking in the woods, the one thing, besides the sun, that you have to think about is the mosquito. This little pest of an insect can carry harmful disease, so it is optimal to protect yourself. That’s why you want to have a great mosquito repellent on hand.

 

The thing about most mosquito repellents is that they are replete with chemicals, the worst of which is DEET. Rather than poisoning your skin, you can go the all-natural route and make your own, chemical-free repellent. If you are wondering how this natural repellent works, check out the two primary ingredients below.

 

Citronella Essential Oil:

One of the most common uses of this essential oil is to keep insects away. It is particularly effective against mosquitos, but can also repel lice and fleas. Additionally, the antiseptic properties in citronella essential oil help to eliminate infections, while the anti-inflammatory properties have a sedative effect on inflammation. You can also use it in small doses to make natural deodorants.

 

Neem Oil:

Neem oil is a safe and excellent mosquito repellent. According to the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, when 2% neem oil was mixed with coconut oil and applied to the exposed skin of volunteers, it completely protected them from mosquito bites for twelve hours.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons neem oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 10-15 drops citronella essential oil

Instructions:

  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a small glass jar that has an eyedropper top.
  • Make sure to use it sparingly. A little goes a long way. Rub a few drops on the exposed skin.

 

Note: If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, do not use neem oil because it is an abortifacient.

 

Sources:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-citronella-essential-oil.html

https://www.attainable-sustainable.net/mosquito-repellent/

https://draxe.com/neem-oil/

2018-07-13T15:58:14+00:00

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    The itching is a natural side effect that a healing crisis is taking place. Keep using the Oxy Oil at your discretion.

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    The blood needs to be cleansed in order to enhance your skin and eliminate excess fat.

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    Q: Where can I purchase Essential Oils?

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    Aura cassia brand of essential oils are available at whole Foods Market. You can also find individual essential oils at most good health food stores, i.e. New Frontiers (Arizona), Erewhon (Los Angeles, CA), Sevenanda (Atlanta, GA), PCC Natural Health Stores (Seattle, WA), Papa Jon's (Long Beach, CA). Essential oils are also sold at "Soothe Your Soul" in Redondo Beach, California (www.sootheyoursoul), "The Crsytal Matrix" in Los Angeles, CA (www.crystalmatrix.com), and "AromaTherapeutix" in Seal Beach, CA (www.aromatherpeutix.com). Dherbs.com sells essential oil-based products. Visit On-Line store and go to the "ESSENTIAL OIL BATH DROPS PAGE"

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    Q: Hello, I enjoyed reading the information on your website. I have many questions, but my concern is that I am 43 year old African- American female, who would be classified as obese. Last year I had a miscarriage, which was devastating to me though we were not trying to get pregnant. I have a 16 year old healthy son. The doctor wanted me to have a hysterectomy because of my age and reported that I had non-cancerous fibroids. I chose not to as if I have the opportunity to get pregnant again, I would like to carry my baby to full term and deliver another healthy baby. My question is: which would you suggest I do first (as we know, time is a factor)? Should I do the full body detox and then the weight cleanse? I don't want to do the fertility program, but I'm not sure exactly why I lost my baby. I know stress played a major factor (I quit that high-stress job I was on) and after reading your website, realized that weight played a much larger role than I wanted to realize. I'm not trying to actively get pregnant, but because it remains a possibility, I would like to be as healthy as possible. My partner and I broke up shortly after the miscarriage, but have recently recommitted to a relationship again after almost a year apart. I am sorry for this long email, but your opinion would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely

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    All the information you require is in our article â€SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDERâ€.

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    Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.

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    Q: I just happened to come across your OZ OIL, I was reading the fact that it can heal all skin conditions. What about the skin condition of keratosis pilaris: the condition in which there are little small black spots like moles on the back of your thighs, can this oz oil eliminate this.

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