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Natural Mosquito Repellant with Essential Oils

How to Make a Natural Mosquito and Insect Repellant Using Essential Oils, via SustainableBabySteps.com

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

My poor husband is a magnet for any biting insects and is always looking for a natural mosquito repellant, or no see'um spray to save his body from being ravaged by bugs.

Nothing seemed to work (although having him around was great for the rest of us - they would ignore our skin in favor of his! Ha!) and for the longest time, and in order to avoid spraying dangerous pesticides all over his body, he'd simply avoid going out, or sweat it out next to a campfire...or even shroud himself (much to the entertainment of the rest of us). We tried plain old citronella sprays, and old wives tales, and nothing seemed to work for him at all.

Natural Mosquito Repellant

My hubby trying to avoid mosquitos

Then we started using essential oils and found a proprietary blend specifically for insects. Honestly, we didn't have much hope for it, at least not for my husband, but anything is worth trying when you're a human buffet.

Essential oils are now the only natural mosquito repellant that my husband will use. They work perfectly, even with his magnetism for all biting insects. He applies it and doesn't get a bite from mosquitos, no see'ums, or anything else for up to 6 hours!

It's not just a natural mosquito repellant, but also works for ants, spiders, mites, fleas, and is especially good for no see'ums (also known as biting midges - those b*stards are wicked). Not only does it work against biting insects, it also works to repel roaches, silverfish, and other household pests.

Interestingly, many people also use the oil for the emotional, spiritual, and energetic properties of the oil, namely to help "repel" toxic people. (I know a few of the pesty people I'd like to sprinkle with these oils, "The spirit of essential oils compels you!" Not sure how the oils will work, but I'm pretty sure they'd stop talking to me, so win-win.) It can not only help you setup healthy boundaries, but also release relationships that have run their course. It can help you access your own courage and confidence, say NO when you need to, stay calm in the face of personal attacks against you, and shield you against emotional abuse. My niece even used it at night for night terrors, and swears by it!

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants.

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn what to look for in safe, effective essential oils here.

Essential Oils for Natural Mosquito Repellant

Below are the essential oils commonly found in popular brands of essential oils for bugs or natural mosquito repellants, as well as their role in making these sprays and their other benefits.

Using these oils separately is a possibility, but it's the unique proportions of specific blends and the quality of the oils that make the difference in whether they actually work or just end up being a funny smelling thing you freak out your BBQ guests with.

How to Use Essential Oils for Pests

Traditionally, this natural mosquito repellant uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precautions: Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses for Essential Oils for Insects

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Around Doors, Vents, Other Entrances
Anywhere insects might be getting in, drop 1-3 drops of the essential oil blend on a cotton ball and place those cotton balls anywhere insects are likely to enter.

Around the Garden
I haven't tried this one yet (let me know if you do!), but the same premise applies here as above. Apply the essential oil to a cotton ball and place around the garden, at the base of plants, etc. You can even experiment with spraying the leaves (if you're spraying edible parts, be sure ot wash your veggies).

Dog Flea Collar
I wouldn't recommend this for cats, as their body's don't function like humans or dogs and can't process essential oils, but to repel fleas and maybe even ticks from your dog, try dropping 2-3 drops on their collar, no more than once a week. The oil is potent and lingers for quite some time to repplication will only be necessary as the aroma fades. You can also use the natural mosquito repellant spray for the body to spritz your pet before going for walks. The aroma might be too strong for them though.

Natural Bug Spray (for the body)
We like to turn this into a natural mosquito repellant by adding about 35 drops of essential oils to 3 oz of water. It's best to use a metal or glass bottle for this, since plastic may erode when it comes in contact with some essential oils. Shake this mixture up well before use and spray over the exposed area of the body. This generally lasts several hours for us.

Natural Bug Spray (for the home)
Following the same guidelines above, I would recommend more drops (starting with 50) and experimenting from there to find what works best to repel your insects.

Whole Home Repellant
If you're ever having a party, and the insects keep inviting themselves, try getting a quality diffuser, and diffusing the oils throughout the area. The aroma is citrusy and very fresh, not overwhelming at all.

Window Screen Repellant
No, not to repel window screens. But to repel bugs from getting in through your windows (especially no see'ums from crawling through screens), this works really well. Hang a ribbon on your screen (inside or out) and drop several drops on the ribbon to repel insects and keep them from getting inside.

In addition to the above blends of oils, I also recommend checking out an amazing natural mosquito repellant (or really, bugs of all kinds), Arborvitae essential oil. Did you know when those trees fall they can take centuries to decompose because they are so good at driving away insects? Crazy!



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