Homemade mosquito repellent

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Camps and picnics are fun, especially when you’re going with friends, family or the love of your life. Unfortunately, mosquitoes don’t let us have our fun.
Apart from the ever so common viral and bacterial infections, diseases caused by mosquitoes are also common. What’s worse? They aren’t just found at camping sites, you could wake up to an itchy mosquito bite right in the comfort of your home.
This is frustrating. Who wants to wake up to an ugly scar on their skin?
Since we don’t want this, there are a few ways to stop these little monsters right in their tracks. You could achieve this with a few natural ingredients and essential oils.
Mosquitoes are usually not as active in the daytime because they’re unable to withstand the rays from the sun. It gets them dehydrated and could even kill them if they’re exposed to so much sunlight.
However, when it’s evening, they have their superpowers again and begin to hunt for hosts.
If you want to keep them away, then you’ll have to act really fast. Don’t
Worry about dashing into the store closeby to get mosquito repellents. You can have fun making and trying out your own homemade natural mosquito repellents. So here goes.

Natural Mosquito Repellent Remedies

Lavender Oil, Vanilla, And Lemon Juice Spray

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Twelve drops of lavender oil
• Four tablespoons of vanilla extract
• Four tablespoons of lemon juice
• Two cups of water.

It’s shocking that soothing lavender would be used as a mosquito repellent, but while we think of the smell of lavender as calming, mosquitoes don’t think so. Lavender oil contains compounds like eucalyptol, camphor, limonene, linalool. All of these compounds are known to naturally repel insects, including mosquitoes.
Vanilla also naturally repels mosquitoes and lemon juice’s acidic content also keeps mosquitoes far away.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix all of the ingredients together
• Then add two cups of water to the solution
• Shake the mixture well and spray it on body parts that are exposed
• You could spray thrice if you live in areas that are prone to mosquitoes.

Tea Tree Oil And Coconut Oil

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Ten drops of tea tree oil
• 30mls of coconut oil
Tea tree oil is popularly known for its medicinal properties. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that prevent and also heal bites from mosquitoes quickly. It also has a strong aroma that is not pleasing for the mosquitoes. As a mosquito repellent, it is often mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil because it may be too strong.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix the coconut oil and tea tree oil together
• Apply it topically to exposed skin areas
• Do this whenever you’re going to be out at night.

Apple Cider Vinegar With Essential Oils Spray

Here’s what you’ll need:

• 50mls of apple cider vinegar
• Twelve drops of essential oils (eucalyptus oil, citronella or clove)
• 50mls of water
Apple cider can be used to boost the repellent potential of certain essential oils. Since mixing up essential and carrier oils may be too oily and way too messy, it could make you uncomfortable. ACV is non-messy when used with an essential oil and creates a slight acidic pH on the skin’s surface. This will lure mosquitoes from you.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix equal portions of apple cider vinegar and water
• Add a few drops of your choice essential oil and mix the ingredients well enough
• Store the solution in a clean bottle that has a pump
• Spray on yourself before going out, especially in the evening.

Neem Oil And Coconut Oil

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Ten drops of neem oil
• 30mls of coconut oil
Neem oil is extracted from fruits and seeds of the neem tree. It is believed that it has mosquito repelling properties as a result of its strong aroma and composition.
Infact, one study proved that when 2% of neem oil is combined with coconut oil, it has string abilities to repel mosquitoes.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix the neem oil and coconut oil and apply topically to areas of your skin that are exposed.
• Do this at least twice daily

Peppermint Oil And Coconut Oil

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Twelve drops of peppermint oil
• 30mls of coconut oil
Peppermint oil is an essential oil that is efficient in repelling mosquitoes. Mixing it up with coconut oil boosts its repellent ability. Peppermint oil has compounds like menthol and limonene which keeps mosquitoes away while coconut oil has unsaturated fatty acids and emulsifiers that cause the evaporation of the repellent molecules of the peppermint oil to happen more slowly.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix up the peppermint oil with coconut oil and directly apply on your legs, hands and any other exposed areas.
• Do this at least twice everyday before going out.

Garlic Spray

Here’s what you’ll need:
• Six garlic cloves
• One tablespoon of lime juice
• One tablespoon of mineral oil
• Two cups of water

Garlic has allicin that exhibits a strong repelling properties against mosquitoes. Its aroma is also not pleasant for mosquitoes. Lime juice on the other hand has an acidic nature that boosts the repelling potential of the garlic.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mince the garlic cloves and add one tablespoon of mineral oil
• Soak them overnight and strain
• Collect the infused oil and add lime juice and water to it
• Spray the solution on plants around your home and exposed parts of your body .
• Do this thrice everyday.

Rubbing Alcohol Spray

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One tablespoon of alcohol
• Ten drops of any essential oil of your choice
• 30mls of water
Rubbing alcohol is great at dissolving oil better than water. It therefore boosts the repellency properties of essential oil. Rubbing alcohol can also quickly heal mosquito bites when applied topically.
It is also combined with vegetable oil to get rid of insects and bugs. This means that you can use this as a bug spray, including for mosquitoes.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix the rubbing alcohol and essential oil together
• Add a little water to the solution and mix properly
• Pour into a spray bottle and shake
• Spray the solution on the exposed areas of the body twice or thrice daily

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