Use Essential Oils to keep mosquitoes away, we all know the dangers of mosquitoes when they bite us – dengue fever, malaria, and other life-threatening diseases. As children, we remember our parents applying this awful-smelling chemical on us, making us feel that even the fiercest monster will run away from us. The foul-smelling DEET is harmful as it causes swelling, rashes, eye and nose irritation. So much sacrifice just to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Why are these mosquitoes pestering us? The answer is that they are attracted to the lactic acid secreted through our sweat. Mosquitoes sense the heat of our bodies, making warm-blooded creatures like us a favourite. Whether we go outdoors for family hiking or picnics, or indoors just lazing around, they’ll attack you if they find your scent appealing.
So how do we prevent mosquitoes from biting us, aside from DEET? For starters, prevention is the best. Wearing lightweight clothing that covers most body parts, especially the legs and arms, is the first line of defense to prevent mosquito bites. Additionally, there are other alternatives which are relatively safe, effective, and easy to use. If you want something natural, try those insect repellent that are derived from plants. I am talking about the use of essential oils.
Essential oils have been in the market for quite sometime now. Their efficacy, safety and ease of use have been noted and tested. These essential oils mostly come from natural essences of plants thereby helping the world and its environment.
So if you are looking for a natural protection that does not contain harmful chemicals to keep mosquitoes away, why not try using essential oils. Here are some plants from which we can derive these precious mosquito repellent scents:
The scent of this invigorating herb is an effective insecticide against house flies, and until recently, studies show that thyme also found thyme to be a wonderful mosquito repellent as well.
Lavender is associated with relaxation and sleep. Little do we know that lavender also an effective insect repellant.
A very viable production of vetiver oil is found in Java, Indonesia. The plant has many uses, from aromatic mats, baskets, soaps, and candles, essential oil is also derived from it. It provides a natural repellent against mosquitoes while giving a refreshing scent.
Camping outdoors is very risky, but with the fresh smell of pine, you are naturally safe from the pesky mosquitoes. So for camping lovers like me, relax and just enjoy the environment.
This herb is an indispensable ingredient to tomato sauces. But its essential oil is also a great insect repellent. What’s more, it is also known to uplift the human feeling, so a scent of this herb would instantly give boost to a depressed spirit.
Of all the natural bug sprays enumerated, I like peppermint best. The minty and fresh scent emanating from this plant is so enticing you would think even the mosquitoes love it. But it is effective in killing and driving away mosquitoes. Such is the effect of peppermint that it also exterminates mosquito larvae.
The citrus smell of bergamot makes it an excellent insect repellent spray. Just be careful when you use it as a topical ointment, as bergamot is very phototoxic. Keep out of sunlight when you apply bergamot to your skin.
This essential oil can be used as an insecticide. Research shows that eucalyptus oil is effective against mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects than any other natural products.
- Australian Tea Tree
Aside from being a very versatile cleaning agent, tea tree is also effective in removing parasites such as ticks, lice, leeches and fleas. You can apply directly over the affected areas, or you may use as diffusion. It is a wonderful counter-irritant.
- Lemon Eucalyptus
Lemon eucalyptus can be used as a natural insecticide. Aside from the citrusy smell it emits, this wonderful plant is also a very potent insecticide, killing mosquitoes and other harmful insects. The essential oils of this product provides high protection for several hours.
Using these essential oils can be very much beneficial for both you and the environment. As we strive to commit to a greener earth, we try to live a healthier life, and what is more healthy than going natural. While most insect repellents available in the market are effective, it is not enough. Natural essential oils provide better, if not the same, alternative to pest control, specifically mosquitoes. It is nature that provides us with the best through plants.