Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying pests faced by those who live in tropical locations. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, they are everywhere! While there are many kinds of mosquito repellent sprays and mosquito-killing machines available in the market, it is the natural mosquito control methods using herbal mosquito repellents that are best for our health as these sprays will not damage our lungs or our skin in any way.
Homemade mosquito repellents can be made using simple essential oils and other products that you have in your kitchen. You can use these herbal mosquito repellents safely on your skin and around the house and stay away not only from dangerous diseases like malaria and dengue, but can also prevent you from becoming a scratching mess with mosquito bites all over you.
How to make mosquito repellent sprays
To make mosquito repellent sprays, you will need spray bottles, essential oils, and carrier oils or base oils. You can get the oils in aromatherapy or beauty stores or by them online.
You can use spray bottles that came with other products after cleaning the bottle thoroughly or buy them from shops or online as well. Use the smaller spray bottle that comes with beauty products such a rose water or toner, and not the bigger bottles used in home cleaning products.
This is a rough guide to mixing mosquito sprays effectively fill half of the spray bottle with distilled or boiled water, 1/4th with vodka or rubbing alcohol, and the rest with essential oil combinations.
Remember to keep a little room to shake the bottle before use as essential oil won’t mix with water. Since it separates when kept aside, you need to shake it before each use.
Just remember to not use mosquito repellent sprays on or near your eyes. If you tend to get mosquito bites on your face, you can spray a little of the herbal mosquito repellent into your hands and rub it on your forehead and cheeks.
Here are 5 homemade mosquito repellent sprays that work best:
1. Lemon eucalyptus oil mosquito repellent spray
Add 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil and 90 ml of any carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil) to make a homemade mosquito repellent spray that works really well on your body. Shake the spray bottle and apply it to where you need. Add distilled water and vodka to make the spray lighter.
Using lemon eucalyptus oil for mosquito control works because of compounds like citronellal and p-methane 3,8-diol (PMD) present in this essential oil. Make sure you use only processed and purified lemon eucalyptus essential oil for your homemade mosquito repellent spray as PMD is present in it in trace amounts only.
2. Neem oil and coconut oil mosquito repellent spray
People frequently use neem oil for mosquito repelling as the plant has a strong aroma and natural properties which keep mosquitoes away. Neem oil and coconut oil have been proven in studies to be a great mosquito repellent when combined.
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Add 10 drops of neem oil and 30 ml of coconut oil to the spray bottle along with boiled water and vodka to a spray bottle to make a great herbal mosquito repellent and apply it to the areas you need.
3. Tea tree oil and coconut oil mosquito repellent spray
A tea tree oil mosquito repellent can work well because of the medicinal properties of tea tree oil. It has great antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can heal mosquito bites as well. Its strong aroma is another reason why it makes a great herbal mosquito repellent.
Add 10 drops of tea tree oil and 30 ml of coconut oil to your spray bottle with distilled water and vodka to make a great homemade mosquito repellent spray that works best.
4. Lavender oil, vanilla and lemon juice mosquito repellent spray
The use of lavender oil for mosquitoes can repel the pests even when the smell of lavender oil is so pleasant and calming for us. This is because lavender oil has compounds like limonene, linalool, eucalyptol, and camphor, all of which are natural mosquito repellents.
Vanilla is also a strong mosquito repellent while the acidic content of lemon juice adds to the mix to keep mosquitoes away.
Add 10-12 drops of lavender oil, 3-4 tbsps of vanilla extract, and 3-4 tbsps of lemon juice to your spray bottle with distilled water. Shake the mixture and use it as a great herbal mosquito repellent.
5. Lemongrass oil and rosemary oil mosquito repellent spray
Many people use lemongrass oil for mosquito repellent along with rosemary oil as both of them are natural and herbal mosquito repellents.
Lemongrass oil has components like limonene and citronella that keeps mosquitoes away. On the other hand, rosemary oil has eucalyptol, camphor, and limonene that act as natural mosquito repellents.
Add 10 drops of lemongrass oil and 10 drops of rosemary oil to 60 ml of a carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil) with boiled water and vodka to your spray bottle to make a great homemade mosquito repellent spray that works best.
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