No matter where you are in the world I am sure you are aware, or been the victim, of the mosquito bite!
As well as being an extremely irritating and barbeque, summer fun spoiling pest the Mosquito bite can also lead to serious health complications.
In this post we look at some natural remedies and herbal tips for keeping those biting bugs at bay as well as providing you the best natural mosquito repellent recipe – easy to make and super effective!
Choose Natural Over Chemical – Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
It may be easier to turn to store bought insect repellents and there are some all natural products which are great if you don’t have the time or inclination to prepare your own.
However many people will simply grab off the shelf repellents which are laden with DEET. Unbeknownst to most DEET is actually a highly toxic pesticide.
It is highly toxic to mosquitoes which is why it’s used and is so effective. However it is also highly toxic to every other living organism…and used a lot or in large doses it is dangerous to human health.
The use of DEET by humans when exposed to large quantities has been linked to shortness of breath, joint and muscle pain, tremors, weakness, skin irritation, headaches, memory loss and severe migraine … the list goes on. DEET is also highly toxic for young children.
You are much safer to stay away from DEET if at all possible.
There are many simple and easy to use repellents that are highly effective, natural, holistic and will ensure to keep bugs at bay.
The following suggestions can be used in isolation or together. At the end of the post you will find the best natural mosquito repellent recipe. a great herb infused olive oil mixture, which includes a number of the individual components.
Citronella (or Lemon Grass) – Best natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
Oil of citronella is an all-natural insect and animal repellent made from the distilled oils of different varieties of grass, according to the National Pesticide Information Center. The main oils derived from these grasses, lemongrass being among the most highly used, are citronellol, citronellal and geraniol. Luckily for us we don’t need a science degree, we just need the oil!
Purchase some Citronella Oil and use diluted in a carrier oil as a personal repellent or add to an essential oil diffuser. Citronella is perfectly safe to use as it is not a pesticide. It doesnt kill the bugs it simply repels them. Highly effective and offers a delightful citrus fragrance to your environment.
Citronella candles are also an excellent addition to your BBQ or picnic and will add a wonderful ambiance.
Lovely Lavender – Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
Lavender has to be one of the most popular fragrances for people around the world. The beauty of this beautiful fragrance is that mosquitoes cannot stand the smell of lavender and will keep as far away from it as possible. There are 2 super simple and super effective ways to utilize the lavender oil and keep yourself bite free.
Using a good healing lavender essential oil place one of 2 drops onto a piece of ribbon or fabric. Hang this fabric by any open window or doorway. Not only will it send the gorgeous fragrance of lavender into your home it will form an invisible repellent barrier that keeps any mosquitoes out! They wont cross the lavender border!
Make your own lavender body oil. Not only will you smell great and have smooth skin you’ll also protect yourself from any mosquito attack. There are 2 simple ways of producing lavender body oil. The first is to place a few drops of lavender essential oil into a carrier oil. Then rub on your skin. The second, and this is the one I recommend, is to make your own lavender herb infused olive oil (for recipe click the link). This olive oil is infused with natural organic lavender oil from your home garden and is extremely effective and a brilliant way to utilize the drying lavender flowers.
Rosemary – Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
Often mosquitoes will attack when you strike up the Barbecue. This is due to the carbon dioxide given off which draws the biting bugs. This can be avoided naturally. Just throw a few sprigs of fresh rosemary stalks onto your barbecue or fire and not only will you add a fragrant aroma to the air and a wonderful flavor to your food you will also turn your fireplace into a natural mosquito repellent.
Mosquito Repelling Plants – Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
There are many plants that naturally repel mosquitoes from the area. Add these plants to your garden beds and repel the bugs naturally. The beauty of growing these plants, apart from their natural goodness and fragrance, is it allows you to make your own herbal infused olive oil which not only repels mosquitoes but have a host of other health and healing properties. Below are 5 of the best plants as recommended by Eartheasy (so they are truly good for us and the earth!)
We already mentioned Citronella Oil but try growing it also! The distinctive citronella, or lemongrass used in cooking, has a lovely but very strong smell which masks the odors which attract mosquitoes. Live and growing citronella plants actually repel mosquitoes more effectively than the oil.
Be aware this plant doesn’t like the frost so needs to be in an area of protection or in a pot that can be moved. Also be aware if left untrimmed they can reach 5 foot tall…so definitely a back of the patio garden feature!
Commonly known as Bee-balm or Lemon Horse-mint, this highly adaptable perennial plant repels mosquitoes in a similar manner as the citronella. It repels mosquitoes by confusing their sensory perception…in layman’s terms its strong incense like odor masks the smells which usually attract the mosquito.
Horse-mint is a great choice of plant as it is fast growing, shade-tolerant and drought-resistant. It reaches 2-3 feet in diameter and is especially fond of dry sandy soils. Highly resistant to salty conditions this is ideal for beach planting or gardens near the ocean
Often seen as decorative border plants, yet nowadays highly under utilized, marigolds have a very distinctive smell which mosquitoes and, in all honesty, a lot of people find offensive. If you, like me, find the smell of marigolds to be acceptable then the Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents, which is produced by the marigold will ensure a bug free garden and environment.
Marigolds need decent soil, or soil that is regularly fertilized and enjoy full sun placement. Marigolds are easily grown from seed or from small plants. Once established then these annuals will self sow each year so you should only need to plant once! Remember to keep your marigolds trimmed and remove dead flower heads. This will keep your plants in flower throughout the late spring, summer and early autumn seasons.
Potted marigolds positioned by house entrances will form a natural bug repellent. Tip: Growing marigolds in your vegetable patch or among tomatoes will deter all forms of crop destroying bugs!
Ageratum or Floss flowers as they are commonly known emit a smell which mosquitoes find particularly offensive.
The active ingredient in Ageratum is Coumarin, which is another natural plant secretion widely used in commercial mosquito repellents.
Ageratum is fabulous for borders, pots and front beds as it is low lying reaching no more than 12 inches in height. It is easily recognized by its blue or lilac flowers which have a fluffy flossy look. The Ageratum plant will grow easily in even the poorest of soils and harshest of conditions and is often seen in rock gardens or roadside verges.
The leaves can be crushed to produce even more of an insect repelling odor however the oils are strong and can be irritating to the skin.
Catnip is a natural mosquito repellent. In August 2010, entomologists at Iowa State University reported that catnip is ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical found in most commercial insect repellents.
Catnip as a plant is extremely easy to grow. Closely related to the mint this perennial herb is almost weed like in its tolerance of almost any growing condition.
Close proximity to Catnip will keep mosquitoes at bay. However you can also crush the leaves and rub on the body or add catnip oil to a carrier and apply as a body lotion for more robust mosquito protection. Tip: If you are a cat owner perhaps think twice about applying catnip oil or crushed leaves to your skin as your moggy will react to you the same way they react to your catnip plant.
Eat Garlic – Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
Garlic eating results in garlic oil being released from your pores. This oil acts as a repelling barrier between your skin and those biting beasties. However too much garlic may repel more than mosquitoes…just saying!
Use Neem Oil – Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
Neem oil is derived and extracted from the Neem tree which is native to the Indian sub-continent. In Indian subcultures and various religions it is often referred to as “the tree of life”.
Neem oil is more often used as a natural and safe insecticide and applied to other plants to stop insect invasion and protect crops. Applying neem oil to the skin acts in the same way and keeps mosquitoes away.
The Best Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe!
- 2 tablespoons of witch hazel water.
- 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, or neem oil (or a combination of these oils)
- ½ teaspoon vodka as preservative (you can do without this if you will use the repellent within 3-4 days)
- 100 drops of essential oils (singular oil or a combination – see recommended essential oils below)
This is The Mosquito Repelling Essential Oil Blend That I Use:
- 55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
Add carrier liquids (witch hazel water, vodka and oils) to a small bottle, preferably glass and a dark brown or blue.
Add your essential oils and shake vigorously. Apply to the skin.
Reapply every 2-3 hours and shake the bottle before application. Store in cool dark place when not in use.
Other essential oils which can be used in combination or on their own.
- tea tree
- rose geranium
I hope you enjoyed this post and now are confident in ridding your outdoor activities of mosquitoes. As well as removing the pest you are also removing the risk of mosquito borne disease and illness. If you enjoyed this post please do share it and join our newsletter to receive any new posts directly to your inbox. Receive member only information and guides free. No spam – promise!
Best health – Love and Light