I am getting ready to head down South again, to a hot climate where my unpleasant memories remind me of the perils of those annoying red welts and feelings of general malaise caused by mosquito bites. (Eeeeek! Vampire bugs!!) Therefore, I have decided to post some all-natural, homemade mosquito repellent recipes. I would recommend testing them on a small patch of skin first, as some of these oils might cause skin irritation on certain individuals.
#1. Stacy’s Homemade Mosquito Repellent
1/4 cup almond oil mixed with Aura Cascia, or other high quality, essential oils as follows:
8 drops eucalyptus
6 drops peppermint
8 drops cedar or pinion pine
6 drops lavender
3 drops juniper
3 drops rosemary
2 drops cinnamon
2 drop clove
Mix together well and place in wide-valve spray bottle.
Recipe #2 was given to me by my good friend, Kevin who likes it because it is less expensive to make than my recipe, and because it is easier to spray. The first recipe can get thick and needs to be shaken often.
2 cups witch hazel
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
6 drops pine essential oil (and Kevin doesn’t use any particular brand.)
20 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
Personally, I don’t like to use products on my skin that contain citronella. It has been known to increase the heart rate of some people when applied on the skin, so I would recommend consulting with one’s doctor before using it. At any rate, both of these recipes should be mixed thoroughly and used only externally.
The Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. says there is little or no toxicity in oil of citronella. The only concern is skin irritation. There have been no reports of adverse reactions in its use. Based on laboratory studies of animals, it does not pose any risk to them either.
However, Health Canada says it is concerned about large amounts of citronella products being applied to skin in the form of insect repellent. The agency completed a re-evaluation of citronella insect repellents in 2004 and found there was still “a high degree of uncertainty about its safety.” Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing phasing out citronella-based repellent.
The choice is yours….just be wise, guys. I had always heard that dryer sheets were a great choice to help repel mosquitos, as was Skin-so-Soft by Avon. The latter choice is what I used to use when I lived in Texas. However, my research has proven otherwise. Researchers promote the use of products that contain DEET as the safest method of mosquito protection, however, DEET, too, is controversial…so a dose of good, common sense is probably the best policy. Click “Snopes” to read what totally reliable SNOPES has to say about it.