10 Essential Oils To Help Keep A Mosquito-Free Space This Summer
As spring rolls into summer, it's time to have a backyard barbecue and beach vacation and spend time in the refreshing outdoor air. But with the warmer weather, comes the mosquitoes. Thankfully, essential oils can help keep those mosquitoes away.
Natural insect repellents and some essential oils may be effective in keeping mosquitoes away because they block their sense of smell, making it harder for these insects to land on a human to feed.
Here are 10 essential oils that can help keep the mosquitoes away so you can enjoy your time in the great outdoors.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is beneficial for repelling mosquitoes and healing their bites. Extracted from the Lavandula Angustifolia,the oil provides relaxing effects while keeping you protected from mosquitoes.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil, with its strong scent and tingly sensation, is great for repelling lots of different types of bugs.
Remember, due to its high menthol content, peppermint should not be used on or around the faces of infants or young children.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil comes from an Australian plant and is one of the most well-known essential oils today. It is an excellent antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties and also a good natural insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away.It's also a stellar option to consider when dealing with the aftermath of bug bites. It's commonly used in DIY bug bite soother recipes (usually combined with lavender), due to its abilities to help relieve and soothe itchy, irritated skin.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil is commonly used as a component in bug repellent and insect-repelling candles because the vapor is very potent for the olfactory senses of many insects.Traditionally, a few drops of clove oil were places on the bedsheets at night to keep bugs away.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is deodorizing, antibacterial and makes an effective insect repellent. Lemongrass is quite popular as an insect repellent and widely used in mosquito repelling formulations.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geraniol, the active ingredient in geranium oil, has been proven effective in repelling a wide variety of insects. With its deep, rose-like aroma, geranium oil is also wonderful for irritated skin. So, if you forget to use bug repellent to keep insects at bay, consider using geranium oil to help soothe those nasty bug bites.
Citronella Essential Oil
Whereas most essential oils repel insects with their scent, citronella essential oil works by masking other scents that are attractive to bugs, namely carbon dioxide and lactic acid, making it difficult for them to locate their targets.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil is ideal for summer pest control, especially if you live in a wet climate with lots of lakes and ponds. One study showed O. basilicum exhibiting both mosquito repellent and larvicidal activity. Basil is an uplifting oil, so add some to an atomizer and spray outside for a natural mosquito repellent and a well-deserved mood boost.
Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme is another herb popular in cuisine that has certain properties to repel insects. Thyme oil at a higher concentration can be very effective at repelling various species of mosquitoes for short duration.
Vetiver Essential Oil
When diffused into the air, vetiver oil acts as a natural mosquito deterrent in the house. And as an added bonus, it helps promote a calm, relaxed environment.
How to use
Mix drops of the above essential oil and a cup of water in a spray bottle. You can use one oil alone or mix a few together for maximum efficacy. Shake well and then spray all around your home (inside and out) where bugs hang out or might enter your home. Be careful to not use too much.
Add a few drops of one or a few different essential oils to a room diffuser and allow the vapors to keep the mosquitoes away from the area.
It is important to do a patch test on a small area of skin first in case allergic reactions occur. Certain essential oils can also make the skin prone to sun damage. People should not use essential oils on irritated or broken skin.
In a conclusion, using essential oils to repel mosquitoes can make for greater peace of mind, free of the fear of negative health consequences, while providing a range of other health benefits. Whether sprayed or diffused through a room diffuser, the essential oils above can make your summer nights worry-free and bug-free. Some essential oils may be as effective as a synthetic repellent,but they often have a shorter protection time because they evaporate from the skin more quickly.