Essential oils have been used a long time now, and for a very good reason. They have countless uses, out of which repelling mosquitoes is one of the most common in modern times. Mosquitoes not only cause itching and potential irritation, but can also transmit disease. Therefore, preventing bites as much as possible is of utmost importance when you are spending time outdoors. The good news is that using essential oil to keep mosquitoes at bay is a safe, natural, and effective way to enjoy outdoors without the risk of getting bitten.
There are a few essential oils which have been shown to be effective in keeping mosquitoes away. Keeping them at bay reduces prevents itchy bites and lowers the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Using the Best Essential Oils to Stop Mosquitoes
Needless to say, not all essential oils are created equal, meaning that you need to both choose and mix them properly. Always use a carrier oil to ensure safety. The best options include:
- Olive oil
- Witch hazel
- Sunflower oil
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
This oil is one of the most common mosquito-repelling oils and it has been even approved as an effective mosquito-repellent by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). According to a study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, using 32% lemon eucalyptus oil ensures up to 3 hours of mosquito protection and prevents up to 95% of mosquitoes from biting.
Mix one part of lemon eucalyptus oil with ten parts of carrier oil, such as sunflower and witch hazel oil. Don’t use it on kids who are 3 years of age and younger.
While cinnamon is primarily used as addition to food, cinnamon essential oil is an ingredient that mosquitoes cannot stand. This oil is also capable of killing mosquito eggs to reduce the number of pests outdoors.
Mix 4 ounces of water with 24 drops of this oil to create a spray. Never spray the solution directly on the skin! Use it on the upholstery on the clothing and let it dry prior putting the clothing on. Another option is to spray it on patio furniture and around plants to keep mosquitoes at bay at night.
Mosquitoes hate the smell of lavender essential so they will avoid it at all costs. Not only it keeps mosquitoes at bay, but lavender also soothes the mosquito bites. Dilute the oil properly before applying it to the skin in order to lower the risk of irritation. Dab some of the oil into the wrists and ankles.
Adding lavender plants to your garden is yet another good idea, as the plants work as effectively as the oil to keep mosquitoes away.
Thyme essential oil is probably the most effective natural mosquito-repellent out there. According to a research published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association and done on hairless mice, thyme oil offered 91% protection against mosquitoes.
Mix a teaspoon of jojoba or olive oil with 4 drops of thyme oil. Alternatively, you can make a spray by using 2 ounces of water and 5 drops of thyme oil.
A 2% soybean oil can be extremely effective against mosquitoes, although this oil is rarely talked about. Soybean offers longer-lasting protection compared to products containing citronella as major ingredient.
For optimal results, mix soybean oil with some lemongrass oil. This solution works great to protect against various mosquito species.
Greek Catnip Oil
According to a research published in Parasitology Research, single appliaiton of greek catnip oil offered up to three hours protection. Another study compared this oil to DEET and found that the oil is up to ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Make the Ultimate Bug Repellent
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- 4 ounces witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vodka
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, and then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Apply before going outdoors during mosquito hours.