There are several different formulations that you can make for your natural mosquito repellent. In general, what you do is dilute an essential oil that mosquitoes find distasteful and that confuses them so they cannot find you and bite. The oils do not mix with the water, so you will have to add them to other oils or alcohol.
3 Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipes
It is important to use an oil or alcohol that is safe for the skin. Also, don’t go overboard with essential oils. The oils are powerful and can cause skin irritation or other reaction if used too much. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use any mosquito repellent, natural or otherwise, until consulting with your doctor.
If you are making a lot of mosquito repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent with 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1-part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch:
– 10-25 drops(total) of essential oils
– 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol
Essential oils as mosquito repellent
– cinnamon oil
– lemon eucalyptus oil
– Lavender oil
– citronella oil
– castor oil
Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:
– olive oil
– sunflower oil
– scotch elm
Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol. Rub or spray natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, taking care to avoid the eye area. You will need to reapply the natural product after an hour or after swimming or exercising. Once the repellent is made, it can be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.
Mosquito repellent using water
Mix in a 16-ounce bottle:
– 15 drops of lavender oil
– 3-4 tablespoons of vanilla extract
– 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil
– 1/4 cup of lemon juice.
– Fill the bottle with water.
Shake and it’s ready to use. Spray on the parts of the body that you want to protect against mosquitoes.