When it starts getting warmer, we all look forward to sitting out in the garden or on the balcony in the evening to relax. But then here they come… mosquitoes buzzing and biting, making the evening miserable. We’ll tell you how to quickly and inexpensively produce your own mosquito insect repellent oil.
Especially in the summer they are almost unbearable and annoying – the mosquito ladies. Because unlike their peaceful male partners, they are very stinging and plunge on humans and animals. To keep these beasts in check, some of which are now in disarray, you can make your own anti-mosquito oil.
Regular insect sprays can irritate the skin through their ingredients and cause allergies. The chemical substances are not compatible with everyone. Often we do not know exactly what’s inside these sprays. Fortunately, there is an effective solution of natural ingredients. This anti-mosquito oil is very easy and quick to make.
How do these mosquito repellents work?
Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects are repelled by some things. And this includes, above all, certain fragrances. While they especially like our warm sweat, they do not seem to like cedar, citrus and eucalyptus at all. If these substances are applied or sprayed onto our skin together with a base, then we are no longer as attractive to the mosquitoes as before. Incidentally, this works not only in anti-mosquito oil and spray for the skin (such as the recipes below), but also when you put scented candles, and oil diffuser or a small glass of water and oil in the bedroom.
Make mosquito insect repellent oil: You will need:
- walnut oil
- Cedar Nut Oil
Simply mix two parts of walnut oil, two parts of cedar nut oil and one part of citronella oil. Apply the mixture directly to your skin. You only need to apply a very thin layer of the mosquito repellent and are therefore protected from the annoying little pests for up to four hours.
Make mosquito insect repellent: witch hazel spray recipe
Best against mosquitoes are the essential oils of citronella and eucalyptus . They have long been proven and are used in many organic products against insects. You can also mix tea tree oil with lavender oil or use Palmarosa, geranium, peppermint or Neem oil. You should prepare the following ingredients for your homemade mosquito spray if you want to avoid mosquito bites:
- a disused small spray bottle
- 150 milliliters of witch hazel water. The plant distillate has skin care properties and also helps in the treatment of sunburn and insect bites. Alternatively, mix half a cup of boiled water with a tablespoon of a clear spirit, eg vodka (ratio 1: 4)
- pure essential oils , best in organic quality. Especially good help: Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Citronella, Cedar, Cloves, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender and Rosemary
With the essential oils, you can let off steam and decide on personal fragrance preferences, as you put together your mosquito repellent. We have chosen this mixture:
- three drops of tea tree oil: The intensive smell keeps insects away. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and disinfecting properties, the mixture also helps with itchy bites.
- eight drops Citronella: Also keeps insects away and gives the spray a pleasant fresh scent.
- three drops of peppermint : Also many insects do not like this smell. The spray has a cooling effect thanks to the mint, so it is also pleasant when stinging.
- Eight drops of lemongrass: Because of the fresh fragrance, lemongrass is often used in perfumes and cosmetics and dispels the annoying pests.
Instructions for homemade mosquito spray
- First, pour witch hazel water or a tablespoon of vodka into the thoroughly cleaned vial.
- Then add the essential oils. Now add the boiled water for the vodka variant.
- Screw the atomiser onto the vial and shake well until everything has mixed.
- Shake briefly before use, as the ingredients settle differently, and then apply to the whole body. So that nothing comes to the eye, it is best to spray some mosquito spray on the palms of the face and then distribute the mosquito repellent around the eyes and around the neck.
- After bathing and when you sweat a lot: spray again!
Anti-mosquito spray preparation for children:
It works just like the adult formula, but to take care of your children — but only 5 drops of each oil are used here. You should do without eucalyptus oil from the list of ingredients. In children, it is important to observe whether they tolerate with the homemade insect repellent spray. That is, first test a small spray on the leg and see if something is doing. Please do not spray your child from top to bottom to test the effect. Citronella oil can make the skin sensitive to light, so remember, if you plan to expose yourself and your children to the sun . Basically, the oil can be super used under long airy clothes or on the clothes themselves.
Insect repellent for babies
Even small babies need to be protected from insects. Of course, this is best done by not going for a walk with you at dusk or near water. Also, they rarely walk through tall grass and when lying down, you can use a blanket to help. But especially on vacation or at night it can not hurt to protect the babies. Preferably you spray the pajamas or sleeping bag. The direct mixture for babies is:
- 60 ml of witch hazel water
- 10 drops of lavender oil
- 10 drops of citronella
Here I would personally only resort to organic oils. That no alcohol is in the spray, is another plus. Babies definitely do not come into contact with insects as much as we adults do. However, they react with even more sensitive than toddlers or children on essential oils. Therefore, these should only be very selected and used sparingly.
If you are allergic to an ingredient, or have an unpleasant feeling after application, we ask that you refrain from further use and consult a doctor.
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion and beauty stylist from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.