With the hot Indian summers finally behind us, it is time to embrace breezy and pleasant evenings with open arms. Such amazing weather calls for more outdoor activities like family picnics, camping and long walks. Besides fun family time, it also puts you in the mosquito radar.
Apart from the common bacterial and viral infections, mosquito-borne diseases are on the rise. This calls for immediate measures to stop them right in their tracks. Which is why a strong mosquito repellent is your best friend.
The easiest way to differentiate among the many repellents available in stores is based on the key ingredients; chemical or natural ingredients based.
DEET is one of the most effective chemicals known to us that repels mosquitoes. The concentration of DEET in the product determines its strength and how often you would need to use it. DEET based products are the most effective when it comes to keeping the mosquitoes away for up to ten hours, but it is not safe for young children and those with sensitive skin.
Whereas natural ingredients like eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, neem oil, picaridin from black pepper plants and oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) from lemon eucalyptus leaves are known to work well as natural insect repellents.
Since these are all-natural ingredients and not as strong as DEET, they’re perfect for younger kids, as well as those with sensitive skin.
Today we bring you a list of easy and proven ways to make your own repellents with just a few essential oils and natural ingredients available right in your kitchen cabinet.
1. Tea Tree and Coconut Oil:
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
- 30 ml of coconut oil
- Bottle for storing
- Mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and store in a leak-proof bottle
- Apply directly onto your skin 2-3 times a day
Tea tree oil is widely used for its powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It not only prevents and heal mosquito bites faster, but the strong aroma keeps them at bay. It is recommended to use it along with a good carrier oil like coconut oil.
2. Lavender Oil and Lemon Juice Spray:
- 10-12 drops of lavender oil
- 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1-2 cups of water
- Bottle with a spray nozzle
- Mix the lavender oil with lemon juice.
- Add this mixture to two cups of water.
- Shake this solution well and spray it on your skin at least 2 to 3 times daily
Lavender oil contains compounds like limonene, linalool, eucalyptol, and camphor, all of which are known to naturally repel mosquitoes and insects. Lemon juice also contains a high acid content that helps in keeping mosquitoes at bay.
3. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil:
- 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil
- 90 ml of any carrier oil like coconut oil
- Take a 100 ml bottle and add 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil to it.
- Add 90 ml of coconut oil to the lemon eucalyptus oil and mix well.
- Apply this mixture directly to the affected area.
- Reapply at regular intervals
Lemon eucalyptus oil contains compounds like citronellal that has a high tendency to effectively repel these little pests.
4. Lemongrass and Rosemary:
- 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- 60 mL of any carrier oil (coconut or jojoba oil)
- Mix the essential oils with the carrier oil.
- Apply this mixture directly to the exposed areas of your body.
- You can also add these essential oils to 60 mL of water and use the solution as a spray twice every day.
Lemongrass and rosemary essential oils have proven to be effective natural mosquito repellents. Getting their mosquito-repelling properties from compounds like limonene and citronella in Lemongrass and eucalyptol, camphor, and limonene in rosemary.
5. Baking Soda and Vinegar Mosquito Trap:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- Take an empty bottle and cut it into half.
- Add baking soda to the bottom part of the bottle.
- Take the top part of the bottle and invert it so that it looks like a funnel.
- Place the inverted half of the bottle on top of the bottom half.
- Pour vinegar into this and place it outside your room whenever there is an increase in the number of mosquitoes in your area.
When baking soda comes in contact with vinegar, the reaction between the two releases carbon dioxide. The excess carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes and hence can be used to trap and kill them.
6. Citronella Oil and Alcohol Spray:
- 10 mL of alcohol
- 10 drops of citronella oil
- 90 mL of water
- Mix alcohol and water in the specified proportions.
- To this, add citronella oil and mix well.
- Put this in a bottle and spray on the exposed areas of your body 2 to 3 times daily before you go outside.
Citronella oil is obtained from the leaves of the lemongrass plant is almost as effective as DEET. When mixed with alcohol, the efficiency of citronella oil increases. This is because of the presence of thiamine in alcohol, the smell of which repels mosquitoes.
All 6 ways are proven to repel mosquitoes in the easiest and most natural way possible. So, wait no more and start using these remedies against those tiny blood-sucking creatures.