Homemade Mosquito Repellent: 4 Easy Steps (Spray & Balm)



As summertime approaches, so does the buzz of a universally hated (and universally present) insect: the mosquito.

What attracts this  particular insect? It depends on the species. Some species prefer bacteria and sweat; others carbon dioxide and certain hand odors. You can’t control mosquito attractants like blood type, skin temperature, or body odor.

An Essential Guide to Mosquito-Repellent Essential Oils

Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Greek Catmint Oil Lavender Oil - Lemon Eucalyptus Oil - Tea Tree Oil - Thyme Oil

Homemade Mosquito-Repellent Spray

- Step 1: Select your essential oil(s). - Step 2: Select your base or carrier oil.  - Step 3: Combine your  essential oil(s) and base, then add them to your spray bottle. - Step 4: Add the water to  this mixture, replace the  spray bottle’s lid, and shake to combine.

Basic Balm Recipe

- Step 1: Select your essential oil(s). - Step 2: Select your carrier oil. - Step 3: Melt the beeswax in a double boiler (about five minutes). Add the essential oils, mix, then add your carrier oil. - Step 4: Pour this liquid mixture into your desired container and allow it to cool and harden (about 20 minutes).

Spray Safe (Are Essential Oils Safe?)

Neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the Food and Drug Administration regulates essential oils. This doesn’t necessarily mean essential oils are unsafe; it just means they have not been tested for safety or efficacy.

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