Make Your Own Natural Mosquito Repellent

Natural Remedy

The essential oils that work well against mosquitoes are:
cinnamon oil
lemon eucalyptus oil
citronella oil
castor oil

Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:
olive oil
sunflower oil
any other cooking oil
witch hazel

Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You’ll need to re-apply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.

If you are making large amounts of mosquito repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it’s 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol.
For a smaller batch use:
10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol


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