Natural Mosquito Repellent Remedies
Mosquitoes are a pain in the butt and keeping them away from you can be a nuisance. If you don’t want these pesky bugs to ruin your next outdoor get together but don’t want to spend money on mosquito repellent filled with harsh chemicals, there are natural remedies that can be used to keep you bite-free.
Mosquitoes have a way of putting a damper on any outdoor event. Not only do they fly all over the place, their bites result in itchy, red bumps the next day. There are plenty of mosquito repellents sold in stores but many of them contain chemicals that can be toxic. Additionally, such products can be a bit pricey. For those of you that prefer natural remedies, the good news is that you can tackle this bug problem by taking some precautionary steps and even making your own DIY mosquito repellent out of natural ingredients.
The best way to ward off mosquitoes is to know what they like and don’t like. Probably one of the most commonly known facts about mosquitoes is their attraction to water. If your next outdoor get together is around a pool, lake or other body of water, you can expect mosquitoes to eventually show up.
Other things that attract mosquitoes to humans include wearing fruity and floral fragrances (perfume, scented body lotion, scented hair products, and even dryer sheets that are scented), dark clothing, and carbon dioxide and lactic acid, both of which humans secrete higher levels of as a result of excessive sweating or from eating certain foods. These all make you a human buffet for mosquitoes.
There are a variety of natural products that keep mosquitoes away from your skin but keep in mind that such products must be reapplied every two hours and should be purchased in high concentration formulas. The more natural repellent ingredients in the product, the more effective it will be. The next time you go shopping, be on the lookout for natural mosquito repellents that contain any of the following ingredients: lemongrass oil, peppermint oil, geranium oil, citronella oil, castor oil, cinnamon oil, and rosemary oil.
For those do-it-yourself types, you can turn to this homemade, all natural mosquito repellent that is safe for use on humans and is eco-friendly. Collect 2 ½ teaspoons each of the following oils: myrrh, rose geranium, citronella, basil, rosemary, lemon, cedarwood, pine, juniper, and palmarosa.
Also have one cup of 190-proof grain alcohol on hand. Combine all your ingredients into a jar with a tight lid and shake until thoroughly mixed. And that’s it! You now have an all natural mosquito repellent that you can rub onto your skin. To test for allergic reactions, put a few drops on a small patch of skin and wait a few hours to see if the skin becomes red or irritated.
Regardless of whether you use traditional mosquito repellents or all natural versions, remember that the following can reduce the effectiveness of your repellent: skin absorption (the main reason that reapplication is important in keeping you protected), the use of heavy sunscreen (which can break down the repellent’s ingredients faster), dilution as a result of too much sweating, rain, or swimming, and evaporation from exposure to hot temperatures or strong winds.