I never thought I would need mosquito repellent in Fountain Hills, but after much rain and stagnant water, our little town has become a mosquito haven for the past several weeks. Not wanting to use chemical insect repellent containing DEET, especially on my 3 year old son, I decided to make our own mosquito repellent.
My family vacations in Minnesota during the summer time, so we know a thing or two about being mosquito bait. This very easy DIY mosquito repellent recipe worked wonders even during the buggiest time of year.
Essential oils are one of the most powerful natural deterrents to mosquitoes. Even the CDC recommends lemon eucalyptus essential oil as an alternative to DEET. Pure essential oils may be purchased at Nature’s Finest or Sprouts.
List of pure essential oils that mosquitoes HATE:
- Peppermint oil – stimulating, do not use on children less than 4 years old. Avoid contact with eyes.
- Lemon Eucalyptus oil – not recommended for use on children less than 3 years old.
- Rosemary oil
- Lavender oil
- Cedarwood oil
- Lemongrass oil
- Tea tree oil
- Lemon oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Clove oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Thyme oil
- Basil oil
DIY Mosquito Repellent Recipe
- In a 3 or 4 oz spray bottle, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Add two tablespoons of vodka or witch hazel
- Add 100 drops of any combination of pure essential oils listed above.
- Add enough water so 3 to 4 oz spray bottle is filled.
- Shake before using. Apply often.
recipe adapted from DIY Natural
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Wear light colored clothing.
- Cover exposed areas of skin with long sleeves and pants (I know this is difficult in an AZ summer).
- Spray DIY mosquito repellent on your clothes, and especially on your hat. We learned this from a farmer friend at On The Vine Farms.
- Avoid overheating. They are attracted to warm bodies.
- Try to avoid being outdoors at dusk.
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite
According to Pure Home and Body, If you get bitten by a mosquito, top the affected area with an essential oil as soon as possible to prevent the venom from entering your body. Lavender and clove oil work especially well in treating mosquito, wasp, and bee stings. If treated soon enough, the itch should stop within 10-15 minutes. The oil also helps keep area clean and speed healing.
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