Most people are excited with the arrival of summer. This is also the season for all sorts of insects and especially mosquitos to welcome themselves into your home. We would like to show you how you can make your own essential oil mosquito or insect repellent.
Various options are available to protect yourself from insect bites. But it is basically spraying a pesticide on your skin. It also gives off a strong unpleasant smell. Whilst it keeps the insects away, it can cause skin irritations such as hives or rashes.
The main ingredient in most of these sprays is DEET. The National Pesticide Information Centre claims that DEET is not carcinogenic, it is however a well known neurotoxin.
There are some natural insect repellent available, that use lemongrass essential oil as the main ingredient. But it still smells a bit odd and too strong.
Lemongrass essential oil
Most importantly lemongrass essential oil is considered a very effective insect repellent. Lawless j. The encyclopaedia of essential oils. Element Books Limited, Great Britain, 1992. Lavabre M. Aromatherapy workbook. Healing Art Press, USA 1997. The antiseptic properties of lemongrass indicate that it would also be excellent in a diffuser to disinfect the air. Fischer-Rizzi S. Complete aromatherapy handbook. Sterling Publishing Company, USA, 1990. Lemongrass essential oil is often recommended as a skin tonic. It is used in cleansing lotions and creams for its astringent properties. Lawless j. The encyclopaedia of essential oils. Element Books Limited, Great Britain, 1992. 2% essential oil dilution is generally considered a safe guideline for topical application on adults.
See the DIY solution with lemongrass essential oil below. It keeps the mosquitos and other insects away and smells great!
Making a mosquito / insect repellent spray
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To make 15 ml spray bottle, add the following together:
❇️ 10-12 drops lemongrass essential oil
❇️ fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel, to dilute the essential oil
Watch the how-to video
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