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