Natural Mosquito Repellents

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Dear Creatives, In the evenings when in the forest, your garden, by streams or lakes you really need to protect yourself from mosquito s. I must have a scent mosquito s love, no amount of garlic can help. I hate the thought of using commercial sprays. I was so excited when I came across this article for natural homemade mosquito repellents!


I think it is important to experiment with homemade remedies to see what essential oils work with your body chemistry. I have found out a few interesting things while researching this topic. Mosquito s do not like lavender, but I sure do! So rubbing lavender oil on your pulse points, IE your wrists, behind knees, behind ear lobes… This will help to not only detour the mosquito s but, lavender is most known for relaxing you. A extra benefit!

Mosquito s do hate garlic so maybe just eating it isn’t enough to stave them off but making a mixture such as this. Directions: Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. *This recipe and others sent in to TipNut are worth the visit to help you make your own homemade repellents.

Remember when you are staying in one place you can burn citronella candles. Also in the early mornings and evenings if you are where mosquito populations are be sure and wear long sleeve shirts and pants when possible to help avoid bites.

There are many essential oils that are known to work and can be made into mosquito repellent sprays. Here is a partial list:

  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • clove
  • fennel
  • rosemary
  • citronella
  • garlic
  • yarrow
  • cinnamon
  • geranium
  • thyme
  • lavender
  • lemongrass, etc.

If you would like to see a couple of video’s about how to make your own mosquito repellents here is one from e how and here is one on you tube. I hope this has you rethinking your commercial sprays and considering a healthier alternative to protecting yourself from mosquito s while outdoors. What do you use to keep bite free? Do you have an herbal recipe you would like to share?

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