Natural Mosquito Repellent

mosquitoHow to make natural, effective mosquito repellent.

Using Essential Oils

  • *Citronella oil – a mixed solution using 10% citronella oil was shown to be effective for 12 hours.  You can purchase the oil at a health food store or in some grocery stores.
  •  * Neem oil – from the pressed fruits and seeds of an evergreen tree from India has had mixed results.  Some have found a 2% solution mix to be effective for 4 hours.
  • *Thyme oil – has been showned to be effective 80% of the time but only for short durations (2 hours).  A 10% solution mix is recommended.
  • * Peppermint oil – offers a 100% success rate for about an hour.
  • *Turmeric – has a 100% efficacy  for up to 4 hours.  It is pungent though.

How to Create an Oil Spray

Use any of the oils suggested above and mix with water in a spray bottle (you can add a few drops of fragrant oil as well).  Use about 2 Tablespoons of oil for every cup of water.  Try adding imitation vanilla extract to the mixture as it can act as a fixative prolonging the oil’s potency. You can use more essential oil but never more than 4 Tablespoons per cup of water.

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