Healthy Beginnings

Recipes For Natural Mosquito Repellent & Insecticides

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There are many natural and effective alternatives to poisonous bug sprays, some you may find around your house, others you can make yourself. Remember that natural substances need to be applied much more frequently, so apply as needed; also, there may be variation in effectiveness that is due to your own body chemistry, oils, what you have eaten that day, and the products you use.

The most common and most effective natural insect repellents are essential-oil based. Test your skin for sensitivity to all ingredients of any kind.

One recipe calls for:

• 20 drops Eucalyptus oil

• 20 drops Cedarwood oil

• 10 drops Tea Tree oil

• 10 drops Geranium oil

• 2 oz of carrier oil, such as jojoba

Experiment with the exact amounts of each oil. Mix together in a 4 oz container and apply to skin as needed.

Be careful to avoid the eye area; do not use on an open scratch or broken skin, and use only externally.

Other natural repellents reported to work include:

• Citronella

• Lavender oil (dabbed on pulse area as in aromatherapy)

• Clove oil (may cause skin irritation)

• Peppermint oil

• Castor oil

• Crushed lemon balm leaves, rubbed on your skin (you can grow it).

Combine any one of the essential oils at a 1:10 ratio with rubbing alcohol, witch hazel or olive oil. Shake well before each use.

• Clear, real (expensive) vanilla (1:1 ratio mixed with water)

• Vicks vapo-rub or similar product (also reported to work against ticks)

• Mint family– catmint, spearmint, pennyroyal

Cover mint with apple cider vinegar for 2 weeks, shaking twice a day; strain; rub or spray on as needed.