10 Best Essential Oils for Creating a Natural Mosquito Repellent

Most people are more prone to mosquito bites due to some factors like scent, heat, and humidity. This brings so much discomfort especially if you tend to unconsciously attract some of them.

Beyond the red and bumpy skin that you get when you are bitten by a mosquito, the foremost concern is that it carries diseases that can potentially transmit to your body once bitten. Mosquito bites should not be taken lightly as they are lethal and may carry dangerous viruses like the Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.

There are ways that you can be protected from this mosquito disease carrier. You can buy natural mosquito repellent products that are ready-made or you can make one for yourself. Either way, it can fulfill the job of repelling mosquitoes safely and naturally without the use of a DEET-based chemical repellent.

You can refer to this article to see what are the properties that make essential oil effective in repelling mosquitoes and which recipes of natural mosquitoes repellent will best work for you.

Essential oils as natural mosquito repellent

Essential oils are the main ingredients in making your own natural mosquito repellent. It can effectively repel mosquitoes, block their sense of smell making it harder for the pesky insects to get even near to your skin.

Here are some of the essential oils that are found to be potent in driving away and fighting off those blood-sucking insects. Read on and choose one or a combination of two for your homemade mosquito repellent.

 

1. Citronella has long been used as an effective insect repellent and when combined with other natural ingredients, its efficacy is stronger.

When the formulation is done right, citronella can be as effective as DEET and can provide protection for up to 2 hours.

citronella

2. Lemon eucalyptus oil has the same compound as citronella and p-methane 3,8 -diol (PMD) that make it effective for repelling mosquitoes. Be sure to only use purified and processed lemon eucalyptus oil to increase efficacy.

lemon oil

3. Lavender does not only have a calming effect but also its flower produce scent and oil that can repel mosquito. Lavender essential oil also has antifungal, antiseptic and analgesic properties that not only prevent mosquito bites but also calm and soothe the skin if bitten by the insect.

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4. Neem oil has a strong aroma and natural properties that mosquitoes hate. A 20% neem oil concentration will give 70% protection from mosquitoes that will last for 2 hours. When combined with coconut oil it’ll add to being a great natural mosquito repellent.

neem oil

5. Cinnamon oil has that sweet-smelling scent that is used mostly in preparing food but there is one powerful thing that it can do and that is to kill mosquitoes’ eggs. It is also effective as a mosquito repellent, especially to Asian tiger mosquitoes.

cinnamon oil

6. Peppermint has been shown that in high concentration it can be an effective mosquito repellent. In a study in 2011, the natural essential oil derived form this plant shows that it is efficacious in providing 100% protection against mosquito larvae and mosquito bites.

peppermint oil

7. Lemongrass holds a citrusy fragrance that is popular in Asian cooking. It’s amazing to know that this wonderful plat can also muti task as a mosquito repellent. It also has limonene and citronella components that keep mosquitoes away.

Likewise, if it’s combined with olive oil can give 98% protection from southern house mosquitoes and when applied topically it can provide 94% protection from mosquito bites for 2.5 hours.

lemon grass

8. Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Mosquito repellent that contains tea tree oil is also effective against bush flies and biting midges.

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9. Catnip plant is part of the mint family. Its oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes carrying yellow fever. Extract from the catnip plant is also shown to be effective in common house mosquitoes with 2 hours of protection.

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10. Thyme oil is the best in providing protection from malarial mosquitoes. Topical applications of compounds of this oil provide 89%-93% of protection against common house mosquitoes for 82 minutes. You may want to burn its leaves into a campfire as it offers 85% protection on repelling mosquitoes for 90 minutes.

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DIY guide on how to make a natural mosquito repellent.

Now that you know what each essential oil can do to fight off mosquitoes that will save you from mosquito bites, then you are now ready to make your own natural mosquito repellent.

Before you proceed with making your homemade mosquito repellent, here are some tips to guide you.

  • If you are making a spray mosquito repellent, make a little room to shake the bottle for the mixture to combine.
  • For every use of your mosquito repellent spray, always shake it as the essential oil and water separate when set aside.
  • Remember not to spray the mosquito repellent near your eyes.
  • Never apply essential oil directly to your skin as pure essential oil tends to be strong.
  • Always combine to dilute the essential oil with carrier oils or base oils like coconut, soybean, almond or olive oil.
  • You can use vodka or rubbing alcohol as a replacement for water because alcohol evaporates quickly in the air thus preventing any mold or mildew to form.
  • If you prefer to use water on your DIY mosquito repellent make sure that you use distilled water to lessen the mineral build-up whenever you spray it.

Armed with this information, you can now begin and see what recipe you find works for you.

1. Eucalyptus oil mosquito repellent spray

What you’ll need:

  • 10 ml eucalyptus oil
  • 90 ml of any carrier oil
  • distilled water or vodka
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Pour the vodka or water into a spray bottle.
Step 2: Add the essential oil and carrier oil.
Step 3: Shake the mixture well and start spraying.

2. Neem oil and coconut oil mosquito repellent

What you’ll need:

  • 10 drops neem oil
  • 30 ml coconut oil
  • vodka or distilled water
  • spray bottle

Step 1: Pour the vodka or water into a spray bottle.
Step 2: Add the neem oil and coconut oil.
Step 3: Shake the mixture well and start spraying.

3. Tea tree oil and coconut oil

What you’ll need:

  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 30 ml coconut oil
  • vodka or distilled water
  • spray bottle

Step 1: Pour the vodka or water into a spray bottle.
Step 2: Add the tea tree oil and coconut oil.
Step 3: Shake the mixture well and start spraying.

4. Lemongrass and rosemary oil mosquito repellent

What you’ll need:

  • 10 drops lemongrass
  • 10 drops rosemary oil
  • 60 ml of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil)
  • vodka or distilled water
  • spray bottle

Step 1: Pour the vodka or water into a spray bottle.
Step 2: Add the lemongrass oil, rosemary oil, and carrier oil of your choice.
Step 3: Shake the mixture well and start spraying.

5. Lavender vanilla lemon mosquito repellent

What you’ll need:

  • 10- 12 drops of lavender oil
  • 2-3 tbsps of vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsps lemon juice
  • vodka or distilled water
  • spray bottle

Step 1: Pour the vodka or water into a spray bottle.
Step 2: Add the lavender oil, vanilla extract, and lemon juicce
Step 3: Shake the mixture well and start spraying.

Watch a video on how to make your natural mosquito repellent.

Other ways to repel mosquitoes

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Aside from making your own natural mosquito repellent that can keep the insect away, there are other ways to prevent mosquitoes from feasting on you.

Here are some practical ways:

1. Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes. Tuck in your shirt to your pants and your pants into your socks to prevent mosquito bites from getting inside. This can be uncomfortable if it is 90 degrees outside but this is just a practical choice if you don’t want to use chemical mosquito repellent or a natural one is not available at the moment.

2. Turn on the fan. It will be hard for mosquitoes to settle on your legs if there is air moving around and driving them away.

3. Get rid of stagnant water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water so make sure that there is no water standing on your buckets, drums, unused flowering pots, unchanged water in vases, and other things that may collect water in your yard or inside your home.

4. Make sure that you keep your pool clean, circulated, and treated regularly.

5. Stay indoors before sunset as this time mosquitoes are more active and aggressive.

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